Sometimes it just seems like life is out to get you. There is perhaps no greater example of this happening than when your sibling has thick and luxurious hair and you start balding in your early twenties. After all, why does he have a full head of hair and your hair seems to have stopped growing years ago? There is nothing worse than having your older brother look years younger than you,just because he has hair. You may think he made some sort of pact with the devil, but it is nothing that nefarious. He just happened to win the genetic lottery and, in this instance, you didn’t.
Baldness Is Inherited
At the first signs of hair loss, you usually have people imparting their so-called wisdom on you without any solicitation. The local pharmacy tech or bartender may surprise you by acting like the “doctor of hair,” but they probably don’t know more about hair loss than the next guy. For instance, the uninformed will state that the amount of hair you have comes directly from your mom’s side of the family. This is not exactly the truth.
Male pattern baldness can be passed down from one generation to the next, but the DNA you receive could come from your mother, father, or even your grandparents. Plus, that DNA was passed down to them from their parents or grandparents. Certain traits may lie dormant for a generation or two and then resurface. You just never know.
Genetics is indeed a hard thing to predict. Two tall parents could have a child that is closer to five feet tall rather than six feet tall because a generation or two ago there was a shorter grandparent or great-grandparent. Two brown-eyed parents might have a child that has blue eyes because when you follow the family tree back far enough, you could have a blue-eyed great-great-grandfather somewhere. You just never know for sure what your inherited traits will be and who you will receive them from. So if your grandfather on your mother’s side is bald, don’t believe for a second that there is a 100 percent chance you will be hairless as well.
Can Baldness Skip a Generation?
As explained above, the genes we inherit are really like a hodgepodge lottery of traits. It is not that the baldness gene has skipped a generation, it is just that it is not present in some family members. The gene could still be present in others. Plus, down the road, it can reemerge in your children or grandchildren.
Half of our DNA comes from our mother and half comes from our father. This means if you follow along your ancestry line, one-fourth of our DNA comes from our grandparents, one-eighth comes from our great-grandparents, and so on. Just what DNA is coming from which relative can be a bit of a mystery.
It All Comes Down to Bad Luck
If baldness is striking down some of your family members and has skipped you, just consider yourself lucky. On the other hand, perhaps they have inherited some good traits as well that maybe you didn’t.
Some people say that it all balances out in the end, but not every story finishes with a happy ending in real life. There are many situations in which one sibling seems to get the better body, the full head of hair, and the perfect teeth and the other sibling gets none of that. You just have to learn to work with what you have or go about changing these traits as much as you can. After all, you don’t have to just roll over and die. There are things you can be doing to fix the problem.
Natural, Holistic Approaches to Hair Loss that Can Help You Keep Your Hair
Instead of trying out chemicals that you can’t pronounce in an effort to keep your hair, you can always go the all-natural route when battling baldness. You can definitely slow down or even halt hair loss if you act quickly and intelligently.
For instance, by giving yourself a five-minute scalp massage every day, you can improve circulation and blood flow to the scalp. This will result in your hair follicles staying in the growth cycle longer. Your hair will start to grow back quicker and a bit thicker. However, don’t expect to see results overnight. It will probably take months before you will be able to notice the difference. But on the other hand, it doesn’t cost you anything to massage your own scalp, so rub away and see how it goes.
Another natural way to battle hair loss is to start a daily routine of taking the right supplements that have the properties needed to reverse baldness.
Saw palmetto is a supplement that is not expensive and has been shown to decrease DHT, an androgen that is partially responsible for male pattern baldness. By blocking part of the DHT from accumulating, you may be able to stop and even reverse your hair loss.
Biotin is another good supplement. It is basically a type of B vitamin that increases hair growth and can repair damaged follicles. And once again, a month’s supply of biotin can be had for less than the cost of a pizza from your local restaurant.
With many people choosing a vegetarian lifestyle, it can sometimes be difficult to get all the iron you need in your diet. This could lead to anemia and, on top of that, even result in hair loss. The good news is that iron pills can be purchased for just a couple of dollars.
These are just a few of the more natural ways you can fight your hair loss if you choose to. While genetics may have dealt you a bad hand, you can still try to keep as much of your hair as possible.