A Look at Male Hair Loss

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A look at male pat­tern bald­ness

A research study at a uni­ver­si­ty in Norfolk, Virginia, found that 84 per­cent of men who suf­fer from hair loss are con­cerned with the loss. They described feel­ings of help­less­ness, vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty and jeal­ousy of men with full, healthy hair. Men who had begun to lose hair in their ear­ly twen­ties were more like­ly to have prob­lems with low self-esteem.

The male hair loss is due to a hor­mone imbal­ance. The med­ical term for male bald­ness is andro­ge­net­ic alope­cia. This term will help you under­stand the fac­tors involved in exces­sive male pat­tern bald­ness. Androgen refers to one of the many hor­mones that con­trol the appear­ance and devel­op­ment of male char­ac­ter­is­tics. One exam­ple is testos­terone. Genetic refers to hered­i­ty, i.e. the inher­i­tance of genes either from the moth­er or the father. Alopecia sim­ply means hair loss. So you could say that male hair loss occurs due to male hor­mones that are influ­enced by genet­ic inher­i­tance.

DHT (testos­terone and 5‑al­pha-reduc­tase) is a nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring hor­mone that helps in sex­u­al devel­op­ment. Genetic switch­es cause changes in the hair fol­li­cles in cer­tain men after puber­ty, at andro­gen-spe­cif­ic recep­tor sites in the fol­li­cles that reg­u­late healthy hair growth. Since DHT lev­els increase with age in men, the bind­ing to the fol­li­cle recep­tor sites increas­es. This leads to an imbal­ance in the bio­log­i­cal process­es of the more sen­si­tive hair fol­li­cles. Slowly, the fol­li­cles begin to break down as DHT builds up at the site, caus­ing the hair to become thin­ner and short­er again, and even­tu­al­ly become so thin and short that it is no longer vis­i­ble.

The Hamilton-Norwood scheme divides male andro­ge­net­ic hair loss into dif­fer­ent stages, which are clas­si­fied into sev­en stages. This schema­tized pro­gres­sion clas­si­fi­ca­tion was devel­oped in 1951 by James Hamilton. O’Tar Norwood mod­i­fied and extend­ed it in 1975.

Men lose their hair in dif­fer­ent ways depend­ing on their genet­ic pre­dis­po­si­tion. In the case of male hair loss, a retrac­tion at the tem­ples, a loss on the upper head and a thin­ning of the hair over a large area can usu­al­ly be observed. These pat­terns are iden­ti­fied on the so-called Norwood scale, which clas­si­fies dif­fer­ent types of hair loss.

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