The fancy scientific term for male pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia. Here are a few facts and myths about men’s hair loss. Baldness occurs when hair follicles shrink to the point where the hair stops growing. When hair stops growing bald patches and thinning hairlines begin to appear.
Over 50 million men in the United States alone suffer from androgenetic alopecia. That covers about half of the male population in this country. Being insecure about hair loss is a common concern for men so if you are feeling bad about going bald you are not alone.
Most people assume that going bald is a problem that only older men face but statistics show that alopecia sometimes begins after puberty. By the age of thirty almost one third of the men who suffer from male pattern baldness will start losing their hair.
Blaming your mom’s side of the family for baldness is an old wives tale. Also, wearing hats does not directly cause hair loss. Baldness occurs when a hormone called dihydrotestosterone is present and causes the shrinkage of hair follicles. Other factors that cause alopecia are both maternal and paternal genetics and age.
One way to prevent going bald is to keep an eye on your scalp. If you notice thinning hair or a receding hairline it’s better to take action early. Have a good friend or family member occasionally inspect the top of your head or any other hard to see places. With today’s technology there are multiple viable options available for both hair loss prevention and hair replacement.
The best place to start if you’re suffering from men’s hair loss is to contact a hair loss studio. To schedule a hair and scalp analysis, contact a local studio by clicking here.
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