This Sunday is National Parents’ Day in the United States. In honor of this holiday, we thought we would start the conversation on who – exactly – do we get our hair from. Is it mom or dad?
Who is to blame for your naturally thinning hair (or who gets the credit for the luscious locks)? While many people believe hair characteristics (specifically hair thinning and baldness) are passed down from the mother’s side, it is not the only genetic factor in play. Men with bald fathers also have an increased chance of going bald when compared to men whose fathers have a full head of hair. Scientists say baldness anywhere in your family may be a sign of your own impending fate (sigh).
The combination of characteristics that makes you an individual is your phenotype. Although your hair characteristics may seem to physically favor one side over the other, you get the same amount of genetic information from each of them.
So whether you have a full head of hair, or are starting to thin out, blaming mom and dad won’t make it any better. Besides, no matter if you’re in Canada or the U.S., thanks to your parents, you’re here, experiencing life on Earth. So cut them some slack, right? Right. And you always have MONAT. ☺
A little about Parents’ Day and what this day celebrates
In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents’ Day, a day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”
This is your day to honor both mom and dad and thank them for everything they’ve done for you. To every parent out there: Thanks for all your patience, undeniable support, discipline, and of course, unconditional love.
Families are important. So take some time today to really show your loved ones you cherish them!