We obsess about our hair. We moan, cry and brag about our hair; but one way or another, we are completely freaked out when we think something is messing with our mane. Depending on the style and era, hair is used to allure or express power and beauty, virility, or status. Plays, books, and movies have been penned about it, and scientists study it like the plague. Whatever your relationship to your hair, it is an indomitable force of self-consciousness and social distraction.
That’s why, when something wrong goes with it, people can question the root of the matter (pun-intended). Both men and women suffer from hair loss for differing reasons, however male pattern baldness is the most common hair loss condition, one that afflicts more males more than females.
There are many reasons why someone may lose their hair. The following list outlines the 10 common causes of hair loss:
As mentioned above, male pattern baldness (MPB) is the most common hair loss condition in men, that occurs when hair recedes from the top and front of a male’s scalp, creating a horseshoe-like band of hair around the sides of his head. What is the cause? MPB is linked closely to family genetics. More specifically, is stems from the androgen receptor gene, located in the X chromosome; which means that men who suffer from MPB, ironically inherit this condition from their moms.
As such, it is also often referred to as androgenic alopecia. While androgens have many different jobs within an individual’s system, a big one is organizing hair growth. Every hair strand on an individual’s head has a growth cycle, so in the case of MPB, the cycle starts to get weak, and hair follicles get smaller; creating short and fine hair strands. As time goes on, this growth cycle for hair ends, with no newer hair growing in to replace it – thus causing the baldness. While older men seem more at risk for MPB, it is quite normal for this condition start in males, as early as their teenage years.