Thinning hair and hair loss is something that a great number of men face sooner or later. No wonder, popular problems give birth to popular myths. The following list does not only consider causes of male hair loss but also represents the average man’s opinion and attitude to the problem. Some statements are humorous and could not be taken seriously – just as the myths themselves.

Myth 1: Hair loss often results from wearing tight caps and hats.

There is a widespread opinion that those men who wear headgear all the time are subjected to hair loss. It is explained by the fact that hair follicles don’t get enough oxygen in this case. Well, in reality the scalp receives most of oxygen from the blood flow. How many professional sportsmen that have to wear helmets, caps, hats, etc. can you remember going bald? Still overdoing with headgear certainly deteriorates hair condition, but it’s not connected with hair loss directly.

Myth 2: Steroids have nothing to do with baldness.

Many men who are into bodybuilding and other related sports tend to believe in that. In reality, the situation is contrary to that. Anabolic steroids that include sex hormone testosterone aggravate male pattern baldness in those men who are subjected to it. The thing is that testosterone converts into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which gradually shrinks and closes hair follicles. More testosterone = more DHT = less hair.

Myth 3: Baldness comes from the mother’s family line.

There is an assumption that kids inherit hair loss genes from their moms. Does it mean that men tend to blame their mothers for this misfortune? Well, there’s pretty much scientific ground proving that baldness can be passed on to you from your dad as well. Still this mother-blaming myth continues to live on.

Myth 4: Cutting your hair may increase hair growth.

Some people think that hair is thicker closer to the root than it is at the ends. Thus, when you cut your hair short it appears thicker. Of course, most men prefer a short haircut, but it does not affect hair growth at all.

Myth 5: Shampoos give you more hair.

Certainly, there are some hair products including shampoos that can make your hair look fuller and thicker. But obviously, they don’t give you more real hair. They give you the feeling and immediate effect is what we need, right?

Myth 6: Scalp massage can prevent hair loss.

Well, it’s true but only partly. Scalp massage stimulate blood circulation helping your hair follicles get necessary nutrients and oxygen from the blood flow. Thus, it will prevent hair loss only when it’s caused by the lack of the latter. Unfortunately, scalp massage will be of no use when hair loss is hereditary, hormonal, disease- and toxin-related, etc. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make scalp massage less pleasant (especially when performed by a close and dear person).

Myth 7: Blow drying and excessive washing lead to hair loss.

Not exactly. While overdoing with these procedures, as well as with bleaching and color treatment, you can damage your existing hair so that it will look fragile and lifeless. But hair roots and follicles will remain safe, thus, hair loss is out of the question here. By the way, too few men have been spotted while washing their hair excessively, to say nothing of blow drying and bleaching.

Myth 8: Hair loss can be caused by sun exposure.

One must remember that hair loss occurs at the follicle level. Since it’s rather difficult for the sun rays to get to your hair follicles (and it is especially difficult if you are fond of caps, hats and helmets), technically, the sun can not be the main cause of hair loss.

Myth 9: Combing your hair is less harmful than brushing it.

Show me the man who cares much about it. Just as it goes with scalp massage, both combing and brushing should be done carefully to avoid hair damage, splitting ends, hair broken, twisted or pulled out. Malekind is a strong and hard part of the world, but there’s no need to be too hard in this particular case.

Myth 10: Diet is not related to hair loss.

But it is. Many men are just careless about what they eat and, consequently, can’t make any logical connection between what they don’t care about with what they start caring about (meaning receding hair line, thinning hair, loss of popularity among women… more to follow). But our hair always needs proper nutrition and the saying that your hair is what you eat is not an exaggeration.

Here is the alphabetical list of most popular bald male celebrities of all time.

There is an assumption that intellectual activity can cause baldness. Adolf Anderssen (July 6, 1818 – March 13, 1879), a German mathematician and a leading chess master, is a vivid example of that.

If you believe in the idea that one may inherit baldness from his mother’s father, then Aeschylus’s grandchildren were lucky. Aeschylus, an ancient Greek playwright, is recognized as the father of tragedy. And he was also the bald father of two sons.

Albert II (born on March 14, 1958) is a sovereign prince of Monaco and the head of the House of Grimaldi. As you can see, a bald one.

Quite often celebrities are loved not only (and not so much) for their professional achievements, but for their appearance and style. And many people believe that Andre Agassi, an American tennis player and former World No. 1, looks great when bald.

Anton LaVey, a high priest of the Church of Satan, is another example when baldness is a matter of style, or rather personal beliefs. On Walpurgis Night, April 30, 1966, he shaved his head in the ritual tradition of ancient executioners declaring the foundation of his notorious organization.

Ben Kingsley (born on December 31, 1943) is a bald English actor famous for playing the role of Mohandas Gandhi in the film Gandhi (1982). Mohandas Gandhi is also in the list – read on!

Who doesn’t know the perfectly bald head of Billy Zane? A lot of people agree that the famous American actor looks incredibly sexy without hair.

Bruce Willis, a bald American actor and producer, successfully proves that the supposition that bald men are more virile and sexually active is not a myth.

Craig Venter is an American biologist who is considered to be in top 100 of the most influential people in the world. And undeniably in top most bald people as well. By the way, his complete DNA sequence has been published to shed some light on the cause of male pattern baldness.

Baldness can be to a great advantage. Agree that Jerome Lester Horwitz, better known as Curly Howard of the comedy team the Three Stooges, won’t look and even sound that funny and hilarious without being bald.

Though we can’t be sure about previous Tibetan spiritual leaders but the 14th (and current) Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is definitely bald.

David Suchet (born on May 2, 1946) is a British actor, best known for his role of Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot. A genius bald actor. But was the genius detective really bald?

Domenico Dolce is an Italian designer who founded the famous fashion company Dolce & Gabbana together with his partner Stefano Gabbana. Scrubby vs. tall, bald vs. hairy – they really make a contrasting and successful combination to look at.

Fabien Barthez was one of the best French goalkeepers who won the 1998 FIFA World Cup Championship Euro 2000 with his national team. No wonder, he is bald as a football.

Another French bald personage, fictional this time. Fantomas is a criminal villain that has become world-famous through the Fantomas trilogy starring Jean Marais as Fantomas and Louis de Funes as a commissaire. Funny as it may seem, Jean Marais was never bald in real life what can’t be said about his film persecutor. By the way, Louis de Funes is taken separately in our list.

As far as it goes about fictional characters, the most famous animated one is undoubtedly Homer Simpson, the father of the typical American family. If all American fathers worked at a nuclear power plant, they would probably have the same hair condition.

Hunter Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) is the father of Gonzo journalism, a unique style of journalism which includes the reporter as a part of the reporting story. Taking into account that H. Thompson extensively used psychedelics and alcohol to make his reports, no wonder that he became bald pretty soon.

Jason Statham is another bald British actor and martial artist. It has to be said that his bald image perfectly suits his roles that he played in the movies Guy Ritchie, Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Revolver.

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American diplomat and the 6th president of the United States. A bald president. Were there bald presidents before? And how many were to follow?

Jordan Rudess is a famous American musician. Being a very versatile creative person he is most famous as a virtuoso keyboard player of the bands Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment. Being bald doesn’t prevent him to be the most renowned keyboard wizard of all time.

Larry David (born on July 2, 1947) is an American actor and one of the creators of such TV comedies as Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is also famous for his joke saying that bald men are greener because they don’t use shampoo or hairdryers.

Laurence Fishburne is an American actor, playwright, producer and director who has never been absolutely bald in real life. But if he didn’t played the role of Morpheus, the bald captain of a hovercraft in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, he would not reach such a success.

Louis de Funes (31 July 1914 – 27 January 1983) was a French actor who is best known for his role of the bald Fantomas persecutor (Fantomas was also bald and probably had skin problems). He is considered to be one of the giants of French comedy. There is no doubt about it – just have a look on his face!

Michael Chiklis is another bald American actor. He is famous for starring in the TV series The Shield and The Commish. His baldness certainly contributes to the toughness of his characters.

Michael Jordan, a basketball superstar, was the first professional athlete who shaved his head and did it really cool. No other bald man has been copied that much by the youth since then.

Michael Stipe (born on January 4, 1960) is a bald vocalist for the alternative rock band R.E.M. With or without hair Stipe’s head always created complex, surreal and beautiful lyrics.

Mike Tyson, also known as Iron Mike, remains the youngest heavyweight champion and the most famous bald boxer ever. His boxing style was ferocious and his behavior – controversial.

Mikhail Gorbachev (born on March 2, 1931) was the (bald) head of state of the USSR from 1988 to 1991. Obviously the Soviet leader never planned Perestroika about his hair.

As you can see, or rather hear, baldness of Moby by no means diminishes his great talent of a musician, DJ and songwriter.

It is rather popular to be bald among Hindu. Mohandas Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) , the political and spiritual leader of India, was bald as well.

Patrick Stewart is an English actor who is best known for his charismatic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek and Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men. Despite his baldness he was called “The Sexiest Man on TV” in 1992.

As it often goes with very intelligent people, Paul Zane Pilzer, a famous economist, entrepreneur, and the author of best-sellers, cant’ boast of the head full of hair.

Pierluigi Collina (born on February 13, 1960) is considered to be the best football referee of all time. His bald head remarkably contributes to his distinctiveness and popularity.

Sean Connery is probably one of the most successful actors who played James Bond. It’s interesting to note that he began going bald already when he starred in dr. No. Just imagine that super-heroes also lose hair!

Steve Austin, also known by the ring name “Stone Cold”, is a professional wrestler and actor. He shaves his head bald and does it cool.

Telly Savalas (January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994) is the first modern day actor to play bald Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. But he is most famous for his role as bald detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak.

There is no certain age period when male patter baldness becomes pronounced. For example, Terry O’Quinn (born on July 15, 1952) who played John Locke on the TV series Lost has been bald since his early 20s.

Tupac Shakur was a controversial American rapper who became one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Who knows whether he would be that popular if he didn’t shave his head bald…

Have you noted that any time a bald guy shows up on the screen something badass is going to happen? Vin Diesel is the best example. His bald head probably has a great bouncing surface what makes him kick assess with such ease.

William Shakespeare, a world-famous English poet and playwright, was bald on the top of his head but he had hair on the sides of the scalp. Perhaps, it would be really bold to shave the head completely bald at that time (16th century).

Yul Brynner, a Russian-born actor, shaved his head for the role of Mongkut, king of Siam, in the musical The King and I (1956) and remained bald deliberately after that. Some seek to regrow hair, others do the opposite thing.

The list is by no means complete – more bald candidates are always welcome!