Losing hair is never easy and many men suffer from male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is so common it affects over two-thirds of men throughout their lifetime (Source). Plus, if anyone in your family suffers from male pattern baldness it is more likely you will also experience it too. However, how do you find out if your hair loss is actually due to male pattern baldness? Read this blog to learn more.
Early Signs of Receding Hair Line
The most common sign of male pattern baldness is a steady retreat of hair departing from the forehead in a distinctive “M” shape, also known as a receding hairline. If the hairs at the top of your hairline are thinning, or being shed without being replaced within the normal growth process, you might be suffering from Androgenic Alopecia. These signs of a receding hairline will continue as the hair is lost from the crown of the head, leaving the top of the head bald creating the hair loss “horseshoe” effect. Although the “horseshoe” is the most common, the area of hair loss varies for different people but will typically always be at the top of the scalp. However, you might still be thinking how do I know for sure if my hair loss is due to male pattern baldness? The sure way to know if it’s genetic, is by observing whether the hair loss is all over your scalp or just on the top. Male pattern baldness will not affect the back or sides so you can be almost certain of the condition if your thinning is typically confined to the top of the scalp.
What Age Do Men Start Balding?
Men can start experiencing hair loss from male pattern baldness as early as their late teens. Yet, it’s more common as you age. In fact, two-thirds of men are affected by male pattern baldness by the age of 35, however that increases by 80% for males over the age of 50 (Source).
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
The main cause of male pattern baldness is typically related to genetics. This means that your family has had a history of this type of hair loss. According to Healthline, research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. The androgens have many functions including regulating hair growth as each hair on your head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place.
Male pattern baldness can also occur from medical conditions such as cancers, thyroid conditions or even certain medications. Talk to your doctor if you start to lose hair after taking new medications. Also, if you are unsure the main cause of you hair loss, seek a hair loss evaluation from specialists who can determine the specific cause and solution that’s best for you.
The Importance of a Hair Loss Evaluation
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