Many men and women afflicted with partial or even total baldness wonder- is hair loss genetic? And if so, which ancestors can I point the finger towards. In part, it’s true: hair loss is caused by genetics. Great! Now, who to blame?
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Let’s dive into the science around what’s happening up there on top of your head and examine some common myths surrounding the common question: is hair loss genetic?
Myth: Only Men Get Bald
This is absolutely not true! Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) had been studied far more historically, and so we know a lot less about female pattern baldness. Female baldness can have many causes, including alopecia, a hair loss disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disease that affects up to 10% of all women.
Myth: It Comes From My Mother’s Side
“My mom’s grandfather was bald by his twenties, and that’s why I’m getting there too.” Not entirely true. According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, while baldness patterns are inherited from your mother, if your father’s family has a tendency to go bald, their male descendants may inherit that too. The common misbelief that your mother’s side is the only reason for your baldness comes from studies like this one from the University of Bonn in Germany. Yes, your mother’s genetics hold a role, but don’t forget that you’ve got two parents.
Myth: My Parents Sucked at Hair Care, and They Doomed Me For Life
Nope! Don’t worry. If your parents grew up using harmful hair products or chemicals, it’s not a sign of the end. There’s a difference between acquired and inherited traits in genetics. Scientists agree that just about all traits acquired during one’s lifetime (including that huge hair mistake) aren’t passed down genetically, because they don’t affect an individual’s DNA.
Myth: There Is No Hope
At Tampa Scalp Ink, we understand that it may seem like the end of the world for your hair when you experience baldness. We’ve got a solution, and it’s got a super fun name: scalp micropigmentation or SMP. It sounds scary, but in reality, it’s just a big fancy science word for pain free, medical grade hair tattoos. SMP is an up-and-coming solution with immediate results for people with hair loss. Scalp Micropigmentation equipment is quite different from that of traditional tattoos, and the skills required for SMP are much different from traditional tattoos as well. We’re proud to offer the best SMP service in Tampa, and if you don’t believe us, check out our gallery of patient successes! We want to help you look your best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how to be proud of that hair (or lack thereof)!