Although hair loss affects both males and females, there are a few reasons as to why hair loss is more common in men. Whether it be genetics or even hormones, we’ll be exploring all the potential reasons why this may be.
Androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness, is a hereditary (genetic) condition. This type of hair loss causes men to lose hair starting from the temples and gradually works its way towards the back of the head, leaving a receding hairline.
Male pattern baldness can increase the activity of androgen receptors, meaning that if your receptors are very sensitive then they may be easily triggered by minute amounts of dihydrotestosterone (a type of androgen). This specific type of androgen shrinks hair follicles making it difficult for them to survive. Thus, hair loss may become more prevalent in males.
It’s not uncommon for men to experience hair loss as a teenager or young adult. This type of hair loss may be a cause of hormones.
As men are constantly producing testosterone throughout their lives, they are continuously making dihydrotestosterone (DHT). As previously touched upon, the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) leads to hair loss. Therefore, male teens or young adults can potentially experience hair loss, particularly in puberty due to a rise in testosterone levels.
Another potential reason as to why hair loss is more common in men could simply be that it is much more noticeable when a man starts to lose his hair. Men tend to lose hair over a shorter period of time. Women, on the other hand, have a much slower and gradual process to hair loss, hence it is much less noticeable over time.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, two out of three men will begin to lose their hair from as young as age 35 years. Furthermore, once male hair loss sufferers reach age 50 years, approximately 85% will have gone through a vast amount of hair thinning. Conversely, females hair loss sufferers represent 40% of the female population and statistics show that by the time they reach their 50s, half of these women will be dealing with some degree of pattern hair loss. This, therefore, eludes to the fact that hair loss starts at a much younger age in males. Combine this with the fact that male hair loss occurs over a shorter time period in comparison to females, and you’ll find yourself with a strong reason as to why hair loss is more common and more noticeable in men.
How Can I Treat Hair Loss?
It’s completely normal to shed up to 100 hairs a day, however, if you lose a considerable amount more than this or are worried about your hair loss, then we would recommend you to try our Hair Maintenance Kit.
Our Densifying Spray contains 0.1% Finasteride and 5% Minoxidil which work together to combat hair loss. Finasteride blocks enzymes that convert testosterone into DHT. Whilst, Minoxidil works by increasing the growth cycle of a hair follicle, which directly stimulates hair growth and gives the hair a longer window to grow and thicken.