U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
PH
A 26-year-old male asked:

Greetings,besides heredity.. what are other factors that causes baldness? is it true that regular usage of shampoo and hair gel causes this? thanks

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
It's your genes, man: I'm really sorry that anybody told you that keeping your hair clean or using stuff to give it shape is going to make you bald. Male pattern baldness is genetically programmed and generally runs with how much chest hair you're naturally blessed with. You can slow it down with medications, or embrace it, shave your head, and get really physically fit -- nothing a man can do looks better.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Provided original answer
As above, I trust that you are asking about classic male pattern baldness rather than hypothyroidism, alopecia areata, or telogen effluvium.
Jul 9, 2015
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It's heredity--the : gene causing male pattern baldness is on the X-chromosome. That means your father had nothing to do with it because there are very few genes on the Y chromosome. It doesn't matter if your father had a full head of hair. What matters is if your mother has a brother with a full head of hair and your mother's father also. The culprit is dihydrotestosterone, made from testosterone by skin receptors.
Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Periods of severe stress can also lead to hair loss but this is typically temporary and resolves when the stress is dealt with.
Jul 9, 2015

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated May 14, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.