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Common Causes of Hair Loss in Men

Learn the Reason You May be Experiencing Male Hair Loss.

Over time you notice after taking a shower or brushing your hair, that you see there is a little more of your hair has collected around the drain or is on your brush. How much is normal? While everyone does shed a certain amount of hair daily, around 50 to 100 strands per day. If you believe you are losing more than that then you might be losing your hair as a result of male pattern baldness, as a result of a medical condition, chronic stress, infection, or nutritional deficiency. There are manyhair loss causesthat could be leading to hair thinning.

We are going to talk about the most common causes of hair loss in men. We will discuss the potential causes, how they can occur, and the effects that you may notice in regard to your hairline and scalp.

Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia)

This is one of the most common causes ofmale hair loss. It is often referred to as androgenetic alopecia. This condition can affect men in their 20s or 30s. By the time a man reaches 50, more than 50% of men are affected to some degree. The first sign is often a receding hairline. For some, they may experience thinning hair at the crown or vertex scalp.

Male pattern baldness is a mix of genetic factors and your bodys production of male sex hormones, or androgens. The main hormone responsible for male pattern baldness is DHT, a byproduct of testosterone.

Not every male is affected by DHT the same. If you have a genetic sensitivity to DHT then your body will target your hair follicles and it can cause them to shrink. Over time the affected follicles will stop growing hair. This type of hair loss is permanent, but hair loss solutions are available including state-of-the-artnon-surgical mens hair replacement systems.

Chronic Stress Causes Male Hair Loss

Severe stress on the human nervous system can have a range of negative effects on your health. This is especially true when you suffer from chronic or severe stress. You can become at a greater risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune syndromes, and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. It can also affect your hair.

While hair loss from severe stress is less common than male pattern baldness, it does occur quite frequently and is referred to astelogen effluvium. Hair loss can happen after a stressful event that is psychological or physical. Such an event could include trauma, surgery, or illness that causes you to have a high fever. This type of male hair loss tends to affect your entire scalp. Most that develop this type of hair loss notice a sudden excessive shedding and diffuse hair loss that gives a thin appearance. Hair loss of this type isnt permanent, but it can have an impact on your appearance and self-confidence.

Hair Styling Devices and Hair Styles

Home hair styling devices that may be used every day could cause hair loss, and you may not know it. A hairstyle like ponytails that pull on your hair can contribute to a form of hair loss called traction alopecia. The tension put on your hair can cause the hair to gradually loosen from the hair follicles. Often men of color that wear their hair in styles like dreadlocks and cornrows suffer more from traction alopecia.

Then there are styling devices like hair dryers, hot combs, and other tools that can change the shape of your hair but may cause damage. The more heat that is applied to your hair, the drier your hair may become. This can cause hair to become brittle and cause breakage and thinning.

Dietary Issues

The old saying, you are what you eat has more merit than many think. This is true when it comes to your hair. Telogen effluvium that happens with stress can also occur as a result of certain dietary issues brought on by crash diets and nutritional deficiencies.

Crash diets cause a sudden change in your eating and the drastic reduction in calories to help lose weight can put stress on your body. This is even more true if the diet you do doesnt allow for enough vital nutrients like protein. What will begin to happen is your hair will lose the ability to grow thick and healthy. Not enough iron in your diet can cause anemia another condition that can affect hair growth. Vitamins and minerals that are also essential are zinc, biotin, and vitamin D are all linked to optimal hair health.


Like with food, medications that we take affect our bodies but sometimes that can include our hair. Medications can interrupt your hairs natural growth cycle and cause hair loss. The most notable of this is with medication used to treat cancer like chemotherapy treatments. You may not be aware that drugs used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, and skin conditions like acne can also cause male hair loss issues.

Even some hormonal medications that contain estrogen can trigger hair loss if treatment is stopped suddenly. If you think your hair loss may be due to medication talk to your doctor.

Talk to a Hair Loss Specialist Near You

For some men, hair loss is not an issue but for many, hair loss not only makes them look older than they are, but it also robs them of their self-confidence. They become self-conscious about their appearance and withdrawal from gathering with friends. If your hair is beginning to thin or you have severe baldness, hope is not lost.

Today more than ever there are groundbreaking treatments and solutions that can be tailored to your specific type of hair loss.Christoffels provides private, no-obligation consultationswhere we will work one-on-one with you to answer all your questions completely and fully to help you determine which hair loss solutions is right for your particular situation. Schedule your free consultation with our team here.

Blog courtesy of Transitions Hair Loss Centers.


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