Hair loss is personal. That’s part of what makes it so frustrating. Not only is it hard to talk about; it’s also nuanced in its reasons for occurring and patterns of progression. Even though one condition – androgenetic alopecia – causes 95% of male hair loss, it’s never safe to proceed on the assumption that there’s nothing else at play. That’s why it’s so important for you to understand the causes of hair loss, both common and uncommon, before you start trying solutions.

At Hair Vital, the personal nature of hair loss drives us to take a personalized approach to stopping it. There are always options. We just have to find the right ones for you. When we get the bottom of exactly what’s causing your thinning or loss, we’re able to give you the prevention, restoration, or replacement options that will work best for you. What follows are some of the conditions we’ll be considering during your initial consultation.

Hereditary Hair Loss

The most common reason men lose their hair is androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. If your male relatives display the all-too-common horseshoe pattern of remaining hair, you might want to start taking proactive steps even before your hair shows signs of thinning. After all, there’s no harm for anyone in getting up close and personal with their hair and scalp.

In cases of androgenetic alopecia, hair loss takes place when the body converts the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT bonds to hair follicles in a way that decreases blood flow and prevents adequate nutrition. Over time, the accumulation of DHT causes hair follicles to shrink in a process called “miniaturization” and eventually die. The first signs of androgenetic alopecia are typically a receding hairline and thinning at the crown -- the areas that are most sensitive to DHT. As male pattern baldness progresses, the entire top of the scalp may go bald, leaving only that "horseshoe" of hair. For some men, even this remaining rim of hair will ultimately be lost.

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Equal-Opportunity Alopecia

Contrary to popular belief, androgenetic alopecia can occur in men or women. Due to their greater abundance of testosterone, men just experience it far more frequently. It can also be inherited from either parent and isn’t necessarily passed down through one particular side of a family.

Other Causes of Men’s Hair Loss

Though it causes 95% of men’s hair loss, androgenetic alopecia is not the only factor of which men need to be wary. Stress, thyroid conditions, health conditions, and even some medications can cause balding. You should consider whether you might be at risk for other causes, on their own or in conjunction with hereditary hair loss.

Alopecia Areata

This form of alopecia is related to an autoimmune disorder which causes the body to attack its own hair follicles. Unlike male pattern baldness, Alopecia Areata can result in bald patches anywhere on the body.

Anagen Effluvium

This type of hair loss is caused by chemotherapy. The medication poisons growing hair follicles, resulting in balding.

Thyroid Conditions

Since hormones play an active role in the growth of hair, thyroid disorders can cause hair loss in men or women.

Stress

Hair loss is just one of the many side effects of excessive stress. Fortunately, this is one of the causes that can be effectively treated or even reversed through lifestyle changes.

Narrow Down your Options with Certainty

The fact that you’ve found yourself on our website is a clear sign that the time to act is now. Even if you’re just seeing the first evidence of hair loss, the key to prevention is understanding. By identifying the cause of your hair loss early, you will maximize your options for prevention, restoration, and replacement. At Hair Vital, we start with a free, no-pressure evaluation designed to get to the root of your hair loss and give you a custom, personalized, livable plan of attack. Hair loss is progressive and won’t stop on its own, so schedule your consultation today.