Male pattern baldness is an incredibly common condition that befalls over two thirds of the adult male population – and it is more likely to occur as we age. It is medically defined as Androgenetic Alopecia, and it is caused by a raised levels of hormones (in particular, Dihydrotestosterone). From what we know, male pattern baldness is a genetically inherited trait.
Male pattern baldness can happen to men as early as 20 years old, but might not present itself until they are late into their 40s. Although there is no set timeframe for when it will happen, there are warning signs that you can watch out for. If you are concerned that you may showing the symptoms of male pattern baldness, then read through this post and see if you have any of these warning signs.
What NOT to Worry About
There has been a great deal of misinformation banded around when it comes to signs of hair loss in men. So before we dive into the warning signs, let us consider what we should not be worrying about:
- Finding hairs on your pillow in the morning is not a sign of male pattern baldness
- Losing clumps of your hair is not a sign of male pattern baldness, but something else
- A few extra hairs in your hairbrush is not an indicator that you are going bald
With that said, onto the stuff that you should be looking out for.
Warning Signs of Male Pattern Baldness
There are some real warning signs to watch out for, which have been touched on below:
- If your hair is receding, usually in an ‘M’ pattern from the forehead, then you could be showing early signs of male pattern baldness
- Thinning hair is normal, but if it is noticeable at the base of your fringe then it might be the onset of Androgenetic Alopecia.
- If you are losing hair from the crown of your head, or if it is starting to form a horseshoe pattern of thinning.
The most surefire way to know if you are experience male pattern baldness is to see if you are balding just on top or all over your scalp. Male pattern baldness will not affect the sides or the back of your scalp. So, although likely a symptom of something else, balding all over is not a sign of male pattern baldness. If you notice any of the symptoms that have been mentioned above, then it is advised to speak with a health professional as soon as possible.