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Male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men and accounts for 95% of the hair loss in men. By age 35 two-thirds of American men will have experienced some type of noticeable hair loss. By age 50 the amount of men suffering from this cause of male hair loss jumps to 85% and 25% of men begin experiencing hair loss before their 21st birthday. This type of hair loss is usually an inherited trait.
Men with this type of hair loss produce a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, which is a by product of testosterone. The hair follicles in men with hair loss are sensitive to this hormone and begin to shrink in size. This begins to shorten the lifespan of each follicle until the follicle can no longer produce hair. This cause of hair loss in men is progressive, though it can happen quickly or over many years time.
Usually this particular cause of hair loss in men begins with a receding hairline and can include thinning in the crown area as well. Depending on the person's genetics the hair can continue receding and eventually slow down or continue to recede and eventually meet up with the thinning crown area. When this occurs the top of the head usually becomes completely bald and all that is left is a “horseshoe” type ring of hair on the sides and back of the head.