Like it or not, two out of three men start going bald by the time they hit 60, mostly from male pattern baldness, which is caused by malfunctioning hair follicles. Most men don’t just let it happen. North American males spend well over $1 billion a year trying to hang onto their hair. There are some wacky myths out there about hair loss that a lot of men believe. So, let’s bust a few of them open right now:
- Myth #1: Your bald head is your mother’s fault. That’s False. Yes, the main gene for baldness is on the X chromosome – which you can only get from your mother, but studies show that men whose fathers are bald are more likely to lose their hair.
- Myth #2: Wearing a hat or helmet makes your hair fall out. False. Wearing headgear doesn’t cut off circulation, or put enough stress on hair follicles to make them malfunction. However, don’t wear a dirty hat, because a scalp infection can accelerate hair loss.
- Myth #3: Only old men go bald. False. The truth is – hair loss can strike teenagers, and it’s common to see balding men in their twenties and thirties.
- Myth #4: A traumatic event can cost you. That’s True, sometimes. Dermatologist Dr. Gary Hitzig says physical or emotional stress won’t cause you to lose hair you wouldn’t have lost anyway, but it can accelerate balding. He also said that rapidly gaining or losing weight can contribute to hair loss.
- Myth #5: Loading up on carbs causes baldness. False. Dr. Wilma Bergfeld is a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She says that carbs and red meat contain nutrients that help maintain a full head of hair. On the flip side, an iron deficiency could cause hair loss – so, taking iron supplements could restore growth.