Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in men, with it affecting up to 70% of men and even 40% of women in their lifetime. We receive a lot of questions around male pattern baldness and today we’re discussing at what age it starts.
As mentioned above, male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss that can affect both men and women. This type of hair loss usually follows a pattern of a receding hairline, the hair on the crown and temples begin to thin leaving a horseshoe shape around the head.
Male pattern baldness happens due to hair follicles shrinking, because of the effects of androgenic hormones. The hormones involved are testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These hormones break down the hair growth cycle by shortening the growth phase of the hair. The shedding phase remains the same, causing hair to fall out faster than it can grow.
Despite the name, male pattern baldness can actually affect both men and women, sometimes called female pattern baldness – the hair loss causes inherited sensitivity to the effects of male hormones on the scalp and the hair follicles. This causes hair to thin in the same way that it does to men. Women rarely develop a receding hairline and the pattern in which the hair is lost differs to men.
We often get asked when male pattern baldness can start. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), more than 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 will be affected by male pattern baldness to some extent.
Everyone is different, and hair loss can happen at different stages of life. Some might notice hair loss around the hairline in their younger years (from as early as 17) this is often known as a maturing hairline and can result in further hair loss/male pattern baldness much future down the line.
However, for most, early signs of male pattern baldness will start at around the age of 25 to 35 and over the years you will notice that the hair loss becomes progressively worse. The rate at which hair is lost will differ for everyone and seeing a hair loss specialist can be helpful to discuss potential hair restoration treatments and when you should start to look into seeking help.
At current, there is no cure for male pattern baldness. There is, however, a range of hair restoration treatments that can help towards restoring the appearance of a fuller hair of hair. At the Harley Street Hair Clinic, we offer FUE hair transplants and ATP – our pigmentation treatment. If you would like more information on our treatments please contact us for more information.