The root cause?
There are a lot reasons for male pattern baldness and hair-loss.
First, external causes, like chemotherapy or other medical treatments can cause baldness.
But in the absence of a medical reason… it’s all about your genes.
Pattern baldness is primarily a result of genetics.
Most men who suffer from hair-loss or pattern baldness are just more sensitive to DHT (learn all about this critical hormone here).
And your genes made it that way.
The fancy name for balding in men is androgenic alopecia. Alopecia means “hair loss”, and androgenic means that it has to do with the androgenic hormones, which we all have. DHT is one of the androgens.
Alopecia typically begins with a receding hairline and then spreads back across the crown. In some men, alopecia can begin as early as age 20. This can take anywhere from 15 to 25 years, but some men do go bald much, much faster.
What can you do?
Thankfully, there are ways to make your hair less susceptible to the effects of DHT. Remember, DHT is a natural hormone in your body that acts on your hair root. Over time, that activity can be BAD, and stunts or kills off hair follicles. Follicles that used to have a life of 2 to 6 years start producing smaller and finer hairs as the follicle shrinks. The follicle spends less time growing hairs and more time in the resting phase (read about the life cycle of a hair follicle here). Eventually, the follicle just gives up entirely.
Want to find out if you are predisposed to high levels of DHT? Take our quiz below!