Hair Loss: A Common Problem : About 85% of men will have major hair thinning by the time they’re 50. Some guys start to lose theirs before they turn 21.
Can wearing a baseball cap make you go bald? Nope. Running fingers through your hair won’t cause it, either. Neither will combing, brushing, twisting, or styling. Just be gentle so you don’t break the strands.
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Hair loss, or alopecia as doctors call it, doesn’t usually signal a medical problem. And it doesn’t harm your health. But worrying about how it affects your looks is common.
Almost all hair loss in guys results from male-pattern baldness, a genetic trait that comes from your parents. Other causes include certain medications, too much vitamin A, or not enough protein. Illness or stress can lead to sudden, heavy shedding called telogen effluvium. Good news, though: Hair loss that isn’t from male-pattern baldness often reverses itself.
It’s easier to hang on to your hair than replace it once it’s gone. But be careful as you explore your options. Most “miracle”products and treatments are shams. When in doubt, your doctor or a dermatologist may be able to help.
There’s no cure for male-pattern baldness, but some medications can slow it down. Minoxidil is an FDA-approved, over-the-counter treatment you apply to your scalp. It slows the rate of loss and helps some guys grow new hair. But once you stop using it, hair loss returns.
Male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss and is related to both genes and male hormones. It can start in your twenties but by the age of 50, most men have some form of it. Also called male androgenetic alopecia, it can start as either a receding hairline, thinning of the hair or a bald spot that develops on the crown of the skull.