Hair first starts to disappear from the temple and crown of the head. For some men, this process starts as early as late teenage years, and for most during their 20s and 30s. It starts off with a thinning of the hair, which in most cases is barely noticeable, while wider hair loss makes the scalp more visible, and the condition apparent.
Male pattern baldness [MPB], generally inherited, accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men; while statistics from the American Hair Loss Association indicate that by age 35, two-thirds of American men have some degree of appreciable hair loss and by age 50, approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. Around 25% of men who suffer from MPB begin the balding process before they reach 21.
Hair loss happens due to an excess of a DHT or dihydrotestosterone, a chemical which causes hair follicles to thin, until they break down completely. Other causes include iron-deficiency anaemia, fungal scalp infection, certain prescribed medicines and even stress. However, hair loss is reversible. For instance, if you are anaemic, then the balding process can be stopped or slowed down by replenishing your body’s iron stores. While a vast number of treatments are available to treat hair loss, only some are successful.
Seeing a doctor is a good idea, just to rule out the chances of any kind of illness, especially if hair loss is patchy. Some bizarre treatments include rubbing curry into the scalp and having a cow lick it. Moreover, wigs and hair transplants are the move obvious, while different herbal preparations and medicines do exist that slows down the process.