Common male pattern baldness (MPB) or Androgenetic Alopecia accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.
Going bald is a fact of life for millions of guys. Adults lose about ten thousand scalp hairs each day. Hair typically lives for nearly 5 years.

With male pattern balding these hairs don’t always get replaced and continuously hairless areas appear. This process can however take a while and the age at which you begin to lose hair doesn’t always provide any clues as to how long it’s going to be till you define yourself as bald.

There are numerous reasons why men start to become bald, but if you’re a man between the ages of twenty to forty five and you start to lose scalp hair, then the possibilities are 95 % certain you’re experiencing male pattern hair-loss.

A sketch showing Male Pattern Baldness

A sketch showing Male Pattern Baldness

As the term advises, male pattern baldness follows a common sequence or pattern. Baldness can start in different areas but is generally at the temples and / or on the crown of the head. 1st thinning of hair advances over numerous years and may well lead to total baldness but more often loss of hair on the surface of the head.

The Causes

Most males are genetically inclined to male pattern balding. It’s the effect of hormones on the follicle that produces male pattern hair loss. Testosterone, a chemical that is present in raised levels in males after adolescence, is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT has an unfavorable affect on the follicles. Acting on a hormone receptor on the follicle it slows down hair production and produces puny, shorter hair, occasionally it stops hair growth from the follicle utterly. This process steadily exhausts your stock of hair and is ordinary alopecia.
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