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I’m worried about going bald, how do family genetics cause it?

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Question - (28 April 2016) 6 Answers - (Newest, 18 January 2017)
A male United Kingdom age 30-35, anonymous writes:

Hi I sometimes struggle with low self esteem and confidence and I've always been critical on how I look, but recently I had my hair cut, 3 back and sides short on top, standard, and I cannot seem to tell if I receading or not , or if it just me been self critical , on the sides near my temple along my forehead seems to be thin , it's still a straight line but I don't know if it is thinning out. My dad is 55 and has full head of hair and his father died at 76 will a full head of hair, however my grandad on my mums side is bald and his sun, my uncle is receading I've heard I'd get the gene from my mother's side , how true is this? And if I do go bald how do I cope with it? It's my favourite feature having thick wavy hair when all my mates are balding very noticeably. Thanks

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A female reader, So_Very_Confused United States +, writes (18 January 2017):

So_Very_Confused agony auntMy 30 year old son is balding. He had the dna thing done and it said he had almost no dna indication that he would go bald. His father has a full thick head of hair at nearly 60. He started balding in college and yet for some reason NEVER lacked for female companionship. My father was always thin but not bald or even having a bald spot. He died at 81 with less gray hair than I currently have at 56. My mother and her mother both had thick hair. My grandmother was totally gray at 28. My father's mother was balding at 90 but her husband at 93 died with the thickest head of hair that still was not totally gray.

My 32 yr old son was born with hair so thick they had to get a regular comb to part it and comb it as a baby comb would not go through it. Now he's got a bald spot and a receding hairline go figure.

Genes are a funny thing.

The truth is that bald men have more testosterone than men with full heads of hair. And as far as sexy Captain Piccard is way sexier than Captain Kirk (Patrick Stewart vs William Shatner for those not familiar with Star Trek)

In general what women find the sexiest is confidence, intelligence, kindness... your hairline is pretty low on the list of what's important in the long run.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (18 January 2017):

don't worry about it though, many women LOVE bald men. I don't think most really care either way.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (1 May 2016):

Male pattern baldness is almost entirely genetic in cause. But its not a straightforward predictable inheritance down the lines. Its a combo of multiple genes interacting. And it does not always progress at an even steady rate for everyone.

The list of things that are capable of hurting hair growth in some way is endless. But only MBP causes one of the recognizable "balding" or "receding" patterns to show. The other types of hair loss will either hurt hair growth throughout your scalp or just in odd patches.

The treatment options for MPB absolutely suck. Prevention is easier than trying to reverse it but current science is still not all that effective at doing either one.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 April 2016):

Are there any allergies or sensitivities thst run in the balding side of your family? For mine on my dad's side dairy was a huge trigger for hair and anxiety issues we think.

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A male reader, Garbo United States +, writes (28 April 2016):

Garbo agony auntThere is nothing you can do about a receding hair line, if you truly have one. You could strengthen your hair with B vitamins and beta-sitosterols.

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A female reader, Honeypie United States + , writes (28 April 2016):

Honeypie agony auntI will just quote Men's Journal here:

"It is a complete myth that baldness is inherited from only the mother's side of the family. You hair future is determined by genes from both sides of your family and you have likely ended up with some mix of your parents' hair genes."

So you might consider you have a mix of both. I know I do.

My dad has ashblond, fine and thinning hair, but was platinum blond till puberty.

My mom had thick, mahogany, wavy hair, but blond as a child till puberty.

I had platinum medium fine VERY straight hair till I had my first child, after that it went darker - it's now a, I don't know, dirty blond'ish?

My older brother have the thick hair, he is STILL platinum blond, but has receding/thinning hairline.

Grandfathers BOTH had thick jet black THICK hair.

Grandmothers were both blond, one with fine one with thick hair.

So really... it's a total toss up.

What you CAN do is TALK to a GOOD men's hairdresser.

If you have read the link I added in the top, you will see that

both Rogaine (Minoxidil) and Propecia (Finasteride) works - however as the article also mentions the LATTER (Propecia) can also cause problems in the libido department...

I have a niece who has superfine baby hair, she has used Rogaine and stopped using flat irons as much this last year or so, and her hair seems to have thickened up a bit.

I have to say that SOME men looks FINE! without hair - James Spader is one of those (IMHO) but he did look FINE! with hair too. He has chosen to have a VERY short crop and it works for him.

If it does happen, FREAKING OWN IT! A man with confidence is sexy, hair or NO hair.

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