Hair Loss in Men

Hair Loss in Men

Male hair loss is the most common type of hair loss. The main cause of male hair loss is an increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in certain parts of the scalp, and is passed on from generation to generation. A lot of men have areas on their scalp that are very sensitive to the male sex hormones that circulate in their blood. These hormones make the hair follicles. This is where the hair grows or shrinks. Over time, the follicles become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs. This does not mean that the follicles have die, they are still alive, but are no longer able to perform their task.

Male Pattern Baldness

Some men will start experience hair loss when they are in their early 20's to late 30's. Close to 95% of all hair loss cases is balding in males. Mild to moderate male pattern hair loss affects about half of the men's population by the age of 50. It often starts with developing a receding hairline, and then gradually the hair on top of the head begins to thin. Eventually, the two balding areas meet and form a typical U-shape around the back and sides of the head. The remaining hair often become finer and growth rate slowdowns. Male balding is heredity, either from the mother's or father's side of the family.

Over the past years, baldness in men is often seen to be undesirable and unfortunate. However, as social attitudes have changed over the years, a clean shaved head is considered to be fashionable and often very attractive.

Male pattern hair loss affects approximately 50% of men at some point in their lives. It affects different populations at different rates, probably because of genetics. Up to half of male Caucasians will experience some degree of hair loss by age 50, while other population groups such as Japanese and Chinese men are far less affected.

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