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.
Sources: American Academy of Dermatology; American Osteopathic Association; National Institutes of Health
This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.