We know hair loss affects everybody — in fact, there is a condition called female pattern baldness. But, if we’re being honest with ourselves, we all probably associate hair loss with men. When we think of aging, we commonly think of an older man with a bald head.
There is a reason why this picture comes to mind — balding is a hallmark of male aging, not female aging. But why? According to hair loss specialist and trainer Valerie Weber, it is estimated that more than 40% of women also lose their hair. Comparatively, more than 60% of men will experience some sort of thinning. So what is it about the male body that makes prone to balding? Check out what I found below.
Most men who lose their hair when they grow older lose it due to a condition called male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is easy to spot: it begins with a receding hairline that starts at the crown of the head. With time, hair will begin to disappear in a horseshoe like pattern. If you’re living with male pattern baldness, you’re certainly not alone. Scientists estimate that it affects about 50 million men living in the United States, and that it affects half of men over the age of 50 years old.
To better understand why some men are afflicted by this condition, we have to look at genetics. It is caused, in part, by genes that a man receives from his parents. This explains why some men have a full head of hair into their later years, and some men begin to lose hair as soon as they turn middle-aged.
For men with male pattern baldness, the gene they inherit from their parents influences how sensitive their hair is to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This hormone is a hormone that triggers the development of male characteristics during puberty and it is present in a male’s body throughout his life. For those with sensitive hair follicles, DHT can bind to certain receptors in the hair follicles, which causes the follicles to shrink and eventually die.
Of course, it is important to remember that male pattern baldness is not the only cause of hair loss in men. Keep in mind that male pattern baldness is usually a gradual thinning over a long period of time — hair loss that occurs suddenly is likely due to some other underlying health condition. No matter what the source of your hair loss is, the first thing you should do when you notice it is to reach out to your doctor as soon as possible.
What to Do
The good thing about so many men experiencing hair loss as they age is that this means that there are a wide variety of different hair loss solutions out there for you to choose from. One of the most popular solutions right now is a procedure called scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation is a process similar to tattooing that fills in your hairline with specialized micro pigments. The result is a more full and dense hairline. And best of all, the process requires no recovery time, according to Scottsdale Hairlines.