Male Pattern Hair Loss

Male pattern baldness usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition. The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually moves backward (recedes) and forms an “M” shape. Eventually the hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped (or horseshoe) pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

What Are The Causes of Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Hormonal Changes

As noted, male pattern hair loss is mainly due to hormonal changes. In particular, a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can become imbalanced. Too much DHT in the scalp can lead to a shortened anagen phase, which will lead to reduced production of hairs. The hairs that do continue to grow will be much finer.

Heredity

The chances of developing male pattern hair loss are significantly increased if someone else in your family has experienced the condition.

Hair Loss Signs and Symptoms

Male pattern hair loss begins with a noticeable thinning of the hair. You may begin to notice thinning around your temples. Some men first notice thinning towards the back of the head (crown). You also may notice more shedding than usual, such as in the shower or on your pillow in the morning.

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