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Although all men will experience hair loss throughout their life; when, why and to what extent can differ considerably.
Male pattern baldness (MPB) is the most common form of hair loss and is genetically determined. Also known as androgenetic alopecia or hereditary hair loss, MPB affects all men differently.
On average it takes 15-25 years for men to go completely bald and this process can begin at any age. About two-thirds of men are either bald or have a balding pattern by the age of 60. To gain an idea of when you are likely to go bald, it is important to note the time notable hair loss begins.
Usually, each strand of hair survives for around four years. Once this cycle is over, the hair follicle falls out and within six months is replaced by a new one. In the case of MPB, hair follicles thin, fall but do not re-grow. Thinning and hair loss usually begins at the temple and the crown of the head - resulting in a bald spot. The extent to which your scalp is affected by this process is hereditary, and for some men, the process of hair loss can take place in five years.
It is important to note that hair shedding is not always an indication of male pattern baldness. On average the average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs, and each of us will lose between 50 to 100 hairs per day. This figure is useful to remember when hair styling or perhaps noticing the odd strand of hair on your pillow.
In contrast, if you are losing patches of hair in an apparently random manner you may have alopecia. In this circumstance, hair loss can occur from any part of the scalp or body.
Aside from genetics and alopecia, hair loss can also be triggered by many other factors. These factors include lifestyle choices such as diet and stress or by taking a particular medication. In these instances, hair loss is rarely permanent.
Male pattern baldness is a gradual process, so in circumstances when hair loss is rapid, it is recommended that you seek medical advice to determine whether there are any underlying health issues.
Becoming concerned about hair loss is natural, but it is important to remember that everyone goes through this experience. Each man is different, and as such each hair loss experience will be unique too.
In a nutshell, there is no particular age when you can expect to see hair loss. However, the probability increases with age. Although there is still no cure for hair loss, treatments are available to help, you can find out more about hair loss at Lloyds Online Doctor.
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