Male Pattern Baldness: What Are the Warning Signs?
It is common for men to experience male pattern baldness and some even experience this before the age of 30. Hair loss can happen suddenly, leaving individuals feeling embarrassed and frustrated. However, by recognizing some early signs of male pattern baldness, individuals can better assess the next steps for hair loss solutions. This post discusses common warning signs of male pattern baldness.
Aging Hair Loss
Male pattern baldness is more common with age. According to American Hair Loss Association, by the age of thirty-five two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.
Although hair loss is common for men as they age, it can still be a slow and painful process. It’s not easy to see one’s hair thinning and the majority of men seek hair loss solutions to reverse or conceal the signs of male pattern baldness.
Permanent hair loss can be difficult but there are several hair loss solutions available to help men who are suffering from male pattern baldness so they can get back to living a full and happy life.
Hair Loss From Genetics
Genetics plays a major role in male pattern baldness. Dabble into your family’s history and see if other members of your family have struggled with hair loss. Contrary to popular belief, male pattern baldness isn’t just a result of one side of the family. Look into the history of your mother’s and father’s side of the family to see if male pattern baldness was common amongst the male members.
If male pattern baldness was a common issue, talk with them and see when they first started seeing signs of thinning and ask about the degree of their hair loss. The more men throughout your family that have experienced hair loss, the greater the chances you will as well.
If you start to see early warning signs, talk to a hair restoration specialist that can offer a scalp analysis to find a solution that best works for you.
DHT leading Male Pattern Baldness
According to Harvard Health, although testosterone acts directly on many tissues, some of its least desirable effects do not occur until it is converted into another androgen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT acts on the skin, sometimes producing acne, and on the hair follicles, putting hair on the chest but often taking it off the scalp.
Excessive amounts of DHT weakens the hair follicles, leading to hair loss and stopping that natural growth process. Too much DHT in the body can be caused by genetics but it’s also a side effect of using steroids or medical issues from prostate enlargement. Talk with your doctor if you are having issues with DHT. To alleviate the effects of hair loss, frequently shampoo your hair and consult with a hair specialist who can find the best solutions for your specific needs.
The Hairline And Crown Of The Head
Early signs of male pattern baldness will include thinning of the hair line and bald spots at the crown of the head. You’ll your hairline is receding as it gradually moves backward with the temples receding back more than the middle section of the scalp.
Eventually as the issue progresses, the hair becomes thinner and shorter, creating a horseshoe pattern around the sides of the head. This pattern is a sign of advanced male pattern baldness, but some men can even become completely bald (Source).
You may notice the same type of hair thinning and loss at the crown of the head. As male pattern baldness progresses, the receding will lead to bald spots. A sign that your hair is thinning at the crown is a widening side or middle part.
If you are experiencing any form of hair thinning or hair loss, even at it’s early stages, it’s not too late to seek hair restoration or replacement solutions.
Extra Hair Shedding
Have you noticed a lot of hair left on your pillow case or more hair than usual clogging your hair brush? A little hair loss is normal but these are signs of excessive shedding that can lead to male pattern baldness. If you have suspicions but want to be sure before seeking treatment try these few steps:
- Keep your pillowcase clean to measure how much hair is leftover in the morning.
- For light hair, use a dark pillow case and for dark hair, use a light pillow case to best see how much hair is shed.
- Analyze your comb or hairbrush to see if more hair than usual is stuck inside.
- Try home remedies such as more conditioning and less styling using heat or putting pressure on the hair follicles to see if less shedding occurs.
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