More than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 have some form of hair loss, making the hair loss industry worth a whopping $3.5 billion. Unfortunately, many hair loss solutions are worthless.
"Most of the products and services that are being sold in this industry don't work," says Spencer Kobren founder of the American Hair Loss Association and host of The Bald Truth podcast.
It's often difficult to separate the snake oils from the solutions because many people advocating for or against different products tend to have stakes in the industry too. There is also a lot of misinformation out there about what causes hair loss and how it can be prevented. We dug into the hard science to expose the myths, truths, and important information you should know about what you can actually do to keep (or get back) your hair.
Baldness Comes From Your Mother's Side: Myth
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.
"It's not a 100 percent accurate prediction of what's going to happen to you but if there's hair loss somewhere in your family, there's a good chance you may be dealing with it," says Kobren. So, if your father's side has a long history of a similar pattern of hair loss and your mother's has no hair loss, you are still at risk of having that paternal pattern.
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