Myth: If I want to know whether I'm going to lose my hair, I should look at my mother's family.
Fact: Genetic hair loss can be passed on by either parent, although the strongest influence is on the maternal (mother's) side. The gene, or genes, responsible for this have not yet been identified and the pattern of inheritance is complex. If hair loss runs on either side of the family, it is likely that you too will be affected.
Myth: Bald men are sexier.
Fact: There is rarely any evidence of excess levels of testosterone or related hormones in bald men; the belief that baldness makes you more virile than a man with a full head of hair is, unfortunately, without scientific foundation.
Myth: If you wash your hair too often you will go bald.
Fact: Frequent shampooing itself has no effect, positive or negative, on hair loss, although excessive use of heat with a hair dryer should be avoided.
Ref. Susan Aldridge; Hair Loss: The Answers; Self-Help Direct; 1997
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