If you are losing more hair than you should, then you are probably a victim of male pattern baldness. The name might sound frightening, but there is no reason for you to be worried. Male pattern baldness is not a deadly disease and it will certainly not cause infections all over your scalp. That being said, it is the most common cause of hair loss for men and there are millions of other men, just like you, who are struggling to hold on to their beautiful locks of hair because of male pattern baldness.
One of the interesting things about male pattern baldness is that it is a subject which is shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. People who suffer from male pattern baldness usually do not know much about this medical condition that they have. Some people believe that male pattern baldness can be attributed to your father’s poor balding genes. Is there any truth to that? You will find out in a short while. For now, it is important for you to understand that male pattern baldness is a subject that needs to be well analyzed and dissected if you want to stand any chance of surviving it with a shred of dignity. Those who are careless about male pattern baldness can end up going completely bald. Surely, you do not want to be in that position, unless you are obsessed with the Vin Diesel look (not that there is anything morally wrong with being bald)
If you have limited knowledge about male pattern baldness, then you must have plenty of questions about it. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the five most frequently asked questions about this hair loss disorder. Maybe you will find the answers to your questions in the following list:
1) What is the Cause of Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is referred to as androgenic alopecia in the world of science. People who suffer from androgenic alopecia do so because they have a genetic disposition for it. In other words, heredity is the cause of male pattern baldness. Some men are simply genetically predisposed to have a higher level of 5-alpha reductase in their bodies. 5-alpha reductase is an enzyme which is in charge of converting the male hormone testosterone into something called dihydrotestosterone or DHT (let us just refer it to as DHT for convenience). As a person suffering from hair loss, you need to learn to hate DHT from this moment onwards because this malicious hormone is the main cause of hair loss in millions of people (of both sexes) around the world. DHT clogs the hair follicles and shrinks them. When hair follicles are shrunk, your hair growth is adversely affected. The more DHT you have in your body, the thinner your hair gets till you begin to develop shiny bald patches all over your head.
2) Where Did I Get My “Balding Genes” From?
A lot of people like to point the finger at their father for the loss of their hair. Your dad might be responsible for your hair loss, but you need to take into account the fact that your mother can be equally responsible for the loss of your beautiful locks of hair. There has been a lot of research conducted on how we inherit our hair loss. The results of the research are not crystal clear. Scientists are still in doubt about how exactly the balding genes get passed on to us from our ancestors. That being said, we can say for sure that one single parent cannot be held responsible for male pattern baldness. So, all the fathers out there can breathe a sigh of relief.
3) At What Age Will I Experience Hair Loss?
This is another question that has been clogged (not a DHT reference) with misconceptions. A lot of people will tell you that male pattern baldness takes effect after you have reached the age of 30. This is not true at all. Research suggests that there are a number of complex factors involved in determining the age at which a man (or a boy) will start losing his hair. Statistics reveal that 25% of all men with male pattern baldness will start losing their hair before the age of 21 (hair loss can start as early as puberty). By the time you reach 35, you have a 66% chance of losing your hair.
4) How Much Hair Will I Lose?
Once again, this is a pretty difficult question to answer. The amount of hair that is lost due to male pattern baldness differs from one individual to the other. However, we advise you to prepare yourself for the worst. If male pattern baldness strikes early, you could suffer severe hair loss and go bald before you reach your middle age.
5) When Should I Begin Treatment
This is a rather easy question to answer. You should start treatment the moment you notice the loss of hair. Do not delay the treatment under any circumstances. One study reveals that men lose 50% of their hair by the time they notice the hair shedding. Yikes!