Human Baldness Genetics – Who’s to Blame, Your Mother or Your Father?

The age old question regarding baldness has always been where does it come from? How does it happen? Is it hereditary? If my daddy was bald, does that mean I will be bald too? Throughout the years there has been quite a bit of studies on balding in general. Many scientists have also studied the chromosomes and genetic makeup of both balding men and their counterparts.

While there is no real conclusion so far, it is safe enough to say that male pattern baldness is hereditary. From studies conducted to date, it has been commonly found that male pattern baldness genes come from the mother’s side.

Interestingly enough, women whose father’s are bald tend to carry the bald gene. Thus, it is no surprise that when a woman whose father is bald has a son, that son usually ends up being bald, too. Now this isn’t necessarily so in every single case, but in many cases, this holds true.

Scientists explain this phenomenon by pointing to the mother’s X-chromosome. When a woman is pregnant, the child gets its x-chromosomes from the mother and the Y-chromosomes from the father. The x-chromosome is said to be the one that carries the male pattern baldness gene.

Whether the male pattern baldness genetics theory holds up or not is in question by some who do not believe the theory that males get this gene from their mother. However, time has proven to some that this theory is true for their unique cases.

Is there such a thing as male pattern baldness genetics? Is it true that if your mother’s father was bald, then you have a greater chance of being bald, too? Perhaps only time can tell. The answer to these questions is truly up to you—what do you believe?

Frank Talk About Male Pattern Baldness

Frontal baldness is one of the most ordinary types of balding among the male population. It can start as early as the late teen years and early 20’s. In this article you will learn more about frontal baldness.

What is frontal baldness?

Frontal baldness is simply a form of male pattern baldness. Frontal baldness describes balding that begins in the front of the head.
Generally speaking, frontal baldness usually begins at the forehead. It is also commonly known as a receding hairline. For some men, a receding hairline usually starts in the middle of the forehead, where the hair begins to thin then fall out gradually more and more towards the crown of the head. For other men, frontal baldness might start on either side of the forehead, rather than the middle. In both cases though, this usually ends in the male being nearly, if not totally, bald to the crown of the head.

What causes frontal baldness?

In most cases of frontal baldness, there is an underlying hereditary gene that is at the root of the balding. Like most occurrences of male pattern baldness, there is usually a history of baldness in that person’s family.

Treatment for frontal baldness

There are quite a few treatments for baldness available today. In fact, there are probably more treatments offered today than there ever has been.

The effectiveness of treatments for frontal baldness widely varies. If the frontal baldness is in early stages, it could be possible to prevent total baldness by using certain products to stop baldness and promote new hair growth. Oral treatments, like Propecia, are typically given to help stop baldness by stimulating hair regrowth. It has been shown to not only slow down hair loss, but to also promote new hair growth where the old hair has fallen out.

With such treatments for baldness, one must keep in mind that this process of stopping the balding and new hair growth will not happen instantly. This usually requires extensive treatment over a long period of time.

Other options

In addition to medical treatments, there are several other options one might consider. One of the most popular of these is hair transplants. This option is frequently advised for those who have already lost a significant amount of hair. Frontal hair transplants have become increasingly popular and are an excellent way to prevent frontal baldness.

Hereditary Baldness Comes From Your Mother, And Other Myths

Studies have shown that approximately 95% of baldness in males and about 70% in females can be attributed to hereditary genes. With those statistics in mind, let’s take a closer look at the hereditary loss of hair, among both males and females.

Contrary to popular belief, hereditary baldness among men and women is not only predominate among the white ethnic group. It has been a longstanding misconception that the white community is just about the only ethnic group that is affected by baldness. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Hereditary baldness actually affects many ethnic groups, including Asian, Latino and African American ethnic groups. The common link to hereditary baldness seems to be the fact that in all ethnic groups, baldness can be innate from both the mother’s or father’s side of the family.

Another common myth about hereditary baldness is that it comes from the mother’s side of the family. The allegory has been told throughout generations that if the mother’s father is bald, then if she gives birth to a son, he will eventually be bald as well. The truth is that hereditary baldness is caused by certain inherent issues. Furthermore, baldness could, or could not, pass over one generation.

In addition to hereditary baldness, there are many other reasons for baldness. If your baldness seems to be odd, such as your hair falling out in odd patterns, or if there is no known history of baldness in your ancestry, your baldness might be due to:

• Illness
• Stress
• Wearing tight hairstyles (taught pony tails)
• Hair pulling
• Ringworm
• Hormonal imbalances

To sum it all up, yes, in many cases baldness is hereditary. If you would like to know for sure, see your physician, who should be able to pinpoint the cause of your baldness.