Is it normal to lose this much hair?
Absolutely. Hair loss is a fact of life. On average, we lose about 50 -100 hairs a day!
Healthy hair contains about 10 -15% of the dead, almost ‘ready to fall out’ hair. This is just part of the hair cycle. Each person’s hair cycle is regulated by their genes. Hair density, too, is genetic and the more hair you have, the more hair falls out.
In men, hair loss is often a result of hormonal and genetic conditions as is where it occurs on the head – at the temples, at the crown, and a receding hairline. Unlike women, men can start balding at an early age which can cause low self-esteem and a growing lack of confidence.
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Why am I bald?
The most common cause of baldness is called male-pattern baldness. It is hereditary and is a gradual loss of hair in predictable patterns, like a receding hairline and thinning hair on the crown.
Research has found that genes may determine how sensitive your hair follicles are to male hormones called androgens or more specifically DHT, which makes the follicles shrink. As the follicles get small the hair that regrows there tends to thinner, finer, less vigorous. With each hair growth cycle, it takes longer and longer for hair to grow back. Until finally, it doesn’t grow back at all.
The majority of men, like 95%, can blame this hormonal sensitivity for their hair loss.
So, who’s to blame?
Because it is hereditary, we look to the genes of your parents for answers. It’s true that the primary gene exists in the X chromosome, the one that men only get from their mothers. But before you blame her, know that there are other factors at play here. That genes are slightly more dominant on the mother’s side, but research suggests that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who don’t.