What Is A Typical Male Hair Loss Pattern?

Male hair loss, male pattern baldness is a hereditary genetic condition which causes gradual hair loss according to a characteristic pattern. Androgenetic alopecia is another name for pattern baldness. Men and women may experience pattern hair loss. An estimated 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States alone have male pattern hair loss.

Male-pattern baldness typically starts to occur in men between 20 and 45 because of high levels of androgens, such as testosterone and dihydroxy-testosterone (DHT). Androgenic alopecia develops as a gradual reduction in hair follicle size and shorter cycles in the active growth phase.

Our genetics signal the hair follicle to produce an enzyme named five alpha-reductase. When the testosterone present in the follicle combines with the enzyme five alpha reductase, it produces dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicle receptors are sensitive to DHT and thereby start the process of male or female pattern hair loss.

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