Is balding based on your father or mother?
The old saying goes is if your father balds early then you are going to as well. Is this true or false?
For a male
- SmegheadLv 79 months agoFavourite answer
This is a common but completely false myth. First of all, there are many types of baldness, and not all are entirely genetic. However, this is usually discussed in the context of male pattern baldness. This is a genetic trait, but it's autosomal, meaning that it comes equally from both parents. The only difference is that baldness is dominant in males and recessive with greatly reduced expressivity in females - they only tend to get thinning hair rather than full baldness. Expression is also influenced by hormone levels.
- busterwasmycatLv 79 months ago
my understanding is that hair is primarily maternal. It is not a simple always maternal.
- ZirpLv 79 months ago
Very few genetic traits come from one parent only
- DixonLv 79 months ago
No, its definitely based on your head.
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- geezerLv 79 months ago
You would normally look at the men on your mother's side of the family to see what your chances of going bald are .. but there are always exceptions to this 'rule' .. because genes can be dominant or resessive.
Most of the men on both my mother's and father's side of the family had 'early' baldness (usually starting at about 25) but I kept my hair until I was well into my 50's .. and my brother was bald at 28.
- skeptikLv 79 months ago
"Officially," the genes for male pattern baldness are sex-linked to the X chromosome. Which means you inherit it from your mother, not your father.
My family disproves that.
No male on my mother's side of the family has ever exhibited it. Every male on my father's side has.