Male Hair Loss
The facts about Male Hair Loss
Hair loss affects over 50% of men around the world. The most common cause is male pattern hair loss, others are caused by alopecia areata, scars and burns.
What is Male Pattern Balding? (MPB)
MPB refers to the inherited pattern of hair loss genetically passed down from either side of the family. MPB may skip a family member or even a generation and starts sometime after puberty.
Why does man suffer from MPB?
The hair on top and front of the scalp has higher levels of the enzyme 5 alpha reductase (5AR) that causes an increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT miniaturises the hair over time, gradually, in many cases until none is left and the head becomes shiny bald. The hair at the back of the scalp (known as 'permanent hair') naturally has lower levels of DHT so this hair does not commonly fall out.