Hair loss fact and fiction: Are short men more likely to go bald?

Going a bit thin on top? You’ve probably noticed this yourself, but you’re certainly not alone. Around 40% of men experience some kind of noticeable hair loss by the time they’re 35, rising to 65% of over 60’s. Us Brits, being the chronic whittlers we are, are the most likely in Europe to worry about going bald, so it’s not surprising that there are so many hair loss related rumours flying around. So are short men more likely to go bald? Can wearing hats cause your hair to fall out? Or what about your stressful job? Why does your fifty-something boss have a full head of hair whilst thirty-something you is already perfecting the art of the comb over? We’re here to set things straight, uncovering the “bald truth” about hair loss…

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Wearing hats too often can lead to hair loss

Fiction

Calling all builders, firemen, cyclists, and general lovers of head-gear; wearing hats will not put you at a greater risk of baldness. Some people will argue that the regular use of headwear can cause hair breakage, resulting in it falling out. Although technically possible, realistically it’s only going to be an issue with something that’s super tight. So unless you’re sporting a swimming cap every day (sorry swimmers) then there’s really nothing to worry about.

Men who struggle to grow facial hair are less likely to go bald

Fact

It’s a common misconception that guys who grow a lot of facial and body hair have more testosterone than their baby-faced peers. In fact, it’s actually to do with the way in which testosterone reacts with other hormones in the body; guys that struggle to grow facial hair are less sensitive to testosterone, which also causes a decreased risk of hair loss. So, for all you chaps that get stick for your inability to take part in “Movember;” remember that you’ll probably be the one laughing in a few years time, as your balding friends stare longingly at your full head of locks.

Stress can lead to baldness

Fiction (ish)

Although it’s true that chronic stress can lead to hair loss, it usually grows back once you’re feeling yourself again, and doesn’t lead to irreversible male pattern baldness. Stress-related hair loss usually only occurs in extreme cases, but if you do feel like it’s affecting you then please pop down to see your GP.

Short men are more likely to go bald

Fact

Researchers from the University of Bonn have recently carried out a study about premature male baldness, comparing the genes of bald guys to ones with no hair loss. But it’s bad news for the little guys we’re afraid… The study concluded that genes responsible for being shorter in stature are also linked to premature hair loss. It’s not all bad news though, identifying these genes means that scientists can work on new hair loss prevention and treatment methods, so who knows, maybe in a few years premature baldness will be a problem of the past!

Washing your hair too much can bring on hair loss

Fiction

We’ve all experienced that feeling of mild panic when you’re washing your hair, and you can’t help but notice just how much seems to be falling out. Although it might feel like you’re producing enough hair to make a bad toupee, in reality it’s not that much at all. The average person has around 100,000 hairs on their head, and around 50-100 of these will fall out every day, regardless of whether you’re shampooing or not. The question of how often you should be washing your hair is debatable, and although too much or too little can cause your hair to feel a bit gross, it certainly won’t bring on premature balding.

Bald men come across as more intelligent and masculine

Fact

Gentleman, sport those shiny scalps with pride, a scientific study has suggested that bald could in fact be best. During the study, images of chaps with hair were shown to participants. They were then shown the photos again, only this time with the hair digitally removed. When the hair was taken away, the guys were perceived to be more intelligent and confident, masculine, taller, and stronger than they actually were. In fact, ditching the hair gave them on average an extra inch in perceived height… So maybe it’s not bad news for the short guys after all.

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