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Why Hair Loss is More Common in Men

Here’s Why Men’s Hair Loss is More Common

While hair loss can strike people of any gender, it more commonly arises in men. That is why so many of our patients—but not all—focus on men’s hair loss treatment in San Jose. In this post, you’ll learn about the chief underlying cause of men’s hair loss and just how widespread this condition is.

Men and Hair Loss

In men, the most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, per the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA). Men are particularly prone to this condition. It is commonly termed “male pattern baldness.” Typical features of male pattern baldness include a hair loss pattern that starts with the temple before moving back over the head. Many men also lose hair from the crowns of their heads.

Why are men likely to experience the condition? The androgen known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) plays a role. This sex hormone helps men develop what are considered “‘male’ sex characteristics,” including deeper voices and larger muscles, as explained on Healthline.

However, it can also affect men’s hair follicles. In fact, one of the chief reasons men seek out San Jose bald treatment is that DHT has shrunk their hair follicles. DHT can also shorten the hair-growth cycle, such that the hair that does still grow is brittle and regenerates more slowly.

The Widespread Nature of Hair Loss

Because of genetic factors, different men are more susceptible to male pattern baldness than others, but it strikes many men regardless. The AHLA reports that “two-thirds of American men” will display detectable hair loss by the time they turn 35. By the age of 50, the percentage is roughly 85%. And in many men, this starts surprisingly early: A quarter begin losing hair before age 21.

Plus, there are factors like illnesses and hormonal shifts that can affect men’s hair outside of male pattern baldness. Add it all up, and it’s easy to see why hair loss is such a common experience for men.

Learn More from an Expert in Hair Restoration in San Jose

No matter the cause or extent of your hair loss, an expert will be able to reveal more information about your specific situation. One such expert is Dr. John Diep, our lead practitioner at the MHTA Clinic and a provider of hair restoration in the San Jose area. To set up a consultation, just get in touch: Our San Francisco office’s number is (415) 230-2367, and in Los Gatos, our number is (408) 356-8600.