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Reviewed 10/20/2022

Men's hair loss: Myth or fact?

Male-pattern baldness is characterized by a hairline that keeps gradually receding—and it's the most common type of hair loss in men. Take this quiz to see how much you know about this condition.

Myth or fact: You can be young and experience signs of balding.

Fact. Male-pattern baldness can appear in men in their early 20s—or even earlier.

Myth or fact: Wearing a hat and using a blow-dryer cause male-pattern baldness.

Myth. How you care for your hair doesn't contribute to this type of hair loss. Genes and hormones are the culprits.

Myth or fact: Genetic traits for male-pattern baldness can be passed down only from the mother's side of the family.

Myth. Genes that influence male-pattern baldness can be inherited from the father's side of the family or the mother's side.

Myth or fact: If treated early enough, male-pattern baldness can be cured.

Myth. As of yet, there is no cure—no matter when treatment starts. If your hair loss bothers you, talk to a doctor about your treatment options, which may include topical products or prescription drugs.

Myth or fact: If medicine doesn't work for your hair loss, there's nothing else you can do.

Myth. There are other treatments than medication for male-pattern baldness. For instance, hair transplants and laser therapy aim to spur hair growth. Ask a doctor about the pros and cons of any treatment you consider.

Male-pattern baldness doesn't need to be treated if you are comfortable with your appearance. And instead of treatment, you may want to consider a hairpiece or change of hairstyle.

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Sources: American Academy of Dermatology; American Osteopathic Association; National Institutes of Health

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