Genetic clues that you’ll be prone to hair loss are subject to a lot of myths that no one can seem to remember — is it your dad’s dad who’s hair pattern will somehow predict yours, or your mom’s dad? While knowing one way or the other won’t make a difference in the long run, there are a few gene variations and genetic disorders that can impact your chances of hair loss.

Genetics do appear to play an interesting role in the tendency to lose hair, and you can get clues to your genetic inheritance easier than ever before these days, thanks to things like home DNA testing kits. If these clues turn up in genetic testing, it’s worth seeing checking in with your dermatologist to see what they might mean for you.