Should I be worried about my hairline? Men’s health expert shares the signs of male pattern baldness & what you can do to stop it

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By the age of 30, you have a 25% chance of showing signs of balding.

By 50, 50% of men have at least some noticeable hair loss.

For such a common problem, male pattern baldness (MPB) is a huge pain point for many men out there spending hours inspecting their hairlines in the mirror.

Men’s health expert Dr. Shaan Patel of Ted’s Health shares the early warning signs of male pattern baldness and what you can do about it

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

MPB is a genetic condition that can be inherited from either your mother or father. It is also referred to as androgenic alopecia, and occurs in a predictable pattern as a result of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) production. DHT is essentially a byproduct of testosterone which shortens the life cycle of hair follicles. DHT does not affect hair on the sides and back of the head – and the Norwood scale is often referred to when showing the stages of hair loss.

How do I know if I have Male Pattern Baldness?

We normally shed around 100 hairs per day without even realising. When we start to lose more than this, it means the average lifecycle of our hair is beginning to decrease. Dr. Shaan recommends these 2 methods to figure out if you might be suffering from MPB:

• The Pull Test – try pulling on a pinch of hairs on 3 different areas on the top of your head. If you pull out more than 10 hairs each time, this could be a sign of hair loss.

• The Comb Test – Run a comb through your hair and collect the hairs that fall off in a bag. If this looks to be over 100 hairs, you may be suffering from hair loss.

Treating Male Pattern Baldness

Medications such as finasteride block DHT from acting on the hair, slowing hair loss and promoting new hair growth. You may also want to consider using a minoxidil shampoo – applied twice a day to the top of the head to increase the supply of blood and nutrients to hair follicles.

While the chance of going completely bald depends on a few factors, aggressive hair loss such as Norwood 4 by your early or mid 20s means you have a higher chance of going completely bald earlier. The sooner you treat your MPB, the more of a chance you have of growing your hair back.


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