Most men experience some form of hair loss in their life; now we’ll take a closer look at the three types of male hair loss:

  • Male pattern baldness (AKA androgenetic alopecia)
  • Non-pattern baldness
  • Telogen effluvium

Male pattern baldness 

Amazingly, 98% of men will be affected by male pattern baldness, with two-thirds of men experiencing it by the time they turn 60.

Male pattern baldness starts as a receding hairline before evolving into the familiar V-shape.

The end result can be extreme hair loss affecting most of the scalp, leaving the back and sides intact.

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Non-pattern baldness

While male pattern baldness is by far the most common, there are a number of conditions that can result in thinning hair.

In this section, we are exploring the most common causes of non-pattern baldness.

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Telogen effluvium

The third and final type of male hair loss is telogen effluvium, which occurs when too many hair follicles enter the resting stage, disrupting the healthy growth cycle.

This can affect around 30 per cent of the scalp’s follicles and cause as many as 300 hairs to fall out daily.

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FAQ

Why do males go bald?

Androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness) is behind 95% of male hair loss, according to WebMD. This genetic trait usually causes a receding hairline and thinning on the crown. Androgenetic alopecia stems from an inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a testosterone byproduct. 

Can a man’s hair grow back?

New hairs won’t grow back if their follicles close, become scarred, vanish, or don’t grow new strands for a long time. However, intact follicles will be able to regrow hair, and it may be possible to improve the health of thinning hairs too. 

What is the best treatment for male hair loss?

Two of the most popular approved medications for male pattern baldness are:
– Minoxidil (sold as Rogaine): An over-the-counter (OTC) product available as a foam or liquid.
– Finasteride (Sold as Proscar or Propecia): An oral tablet for daily consumption.

At what age do men lose hair?

By the time they turn 50, around half of the world’s men have lost some of their hair. This increases to 70% for older males. One-quarter of men affected by baldness start losing their hair before they’re 21 years old.