Male Hair Loss: Causes and Prevention

by Viviscal Hair Expert on September 19th, 2014
Male hair loss causes and prevention

What causes male hair loss? Most men think it’s a natural part of aging so they either ignore it, try to hide it (think Donald Trump’s comb-over) or lean in to it by completely shaving their head. For male hair loss, prevention is key. We outline the causes of male hair loss and how to prevent it.

Why Men Lose Their Hair

The causes of male hair loss, called androgenetic alopecia, are the aging process, genes and the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). If you are genetically prone to male pattern baldness – that is, there are bald men on either your mother’s or your father’s side of the family – your hair follicles will be more susceptible to DHT as you age. DHT causes the “miniaturization” of the hair follicles. That is, they will gradually become smaller until they eventually disappear.

Facts about Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness occurs in different parts of the scalp from female pattern baldness. Men usually see thinning hair at first in the front, top and crown of the head. Typically, this thinning begins with a receding hairline at the temples and on the crown. Eventually, it will progress to nearly total baldness with hair remaining primarily around the back and sides of the head.

How to Prevent Male Hair Loss

With male hair loss, prevention is key. At the first signs of receding at the hairline around the temples, take action to stop hair loss. Clinical trials show that hair growth supplements that contain essential vitamins and minerals – including Vitamin C, Zinc, Flax Seed extract, and marine extracts or proteins – to help nourish hair follicles and can slow or even stop hair from thinning.

Myths about Male Hair Loss

Myth 1: Male hair loss comes from your mother.
Truth: Male hair loss is related to hormones and genes from either side of your family.

Myth 2: Because male hair loss results from aging, only middle-aged men have baldness.
Truth: Nearly half of all men begin to see thinning hair by the age of 35.

Myth 3: There’s nothing you can do about male hair loss. It’s an inevitable fact of life for half of all men.
Truth: At the first signs of hair loss, prevent the progression of hair loss by taking a hair growth supplement with key essential vitamins and minerals.