MALE PATTERN BALDNESS

Men’s Hair Loss


Hair loss in men is so common that as many as 85% of all men will experience thinning or balding before the age of 50.

Even though male pattern baldness is widespread, no man chooses to experience hair loss. When men lose their hair, it can affect everything in their lives, including their relationships, careers and confidence. What many men may not realize is that they have options, no matter how much hair they’ve lost. Get the facts so you can make the right decision when it comes to restoring your hair.

Male pattern baldness before and after hair replacement

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REASONS MEN LOSE THEIR HAIR

What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?


Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is hereditary—and it’s the most common reason men lose their hair. In the initial stages, men often notice a receding hairline beginning at the temples or thinning at the crown. As the condition progresses, the hairline recedes to the point where it meets the bald spot at the crown. Eventually, all that remains is a horseshoe-shaped pattern of hair around the sides and back of the head.

Men suffering with this condition have inherited hair follicles that are sensitive to a hormone, which causes the follicles to miniaturize over time, producing finer and thinner hair. Ultimately, the follicles will stop producing normal hairs and grow only miniaturized hairs that are nearly invisible to the human eye (like peach fuzz). This type of hair loss is progressive and it can begin at puberty, so early intervention is important. Whether hair loss happens quickly or slowly, it is progressive. That’s why the sooner you act, the better.

More Reasons for Hair Loss in Men


Even though male pattern baldness is the most common reason men lose their hair, there are other contributing factors, including:

  • Age
  • Diseases and medical conditions
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer
  • Prescription drugs
  • Poor nutrition including protein and iron deficiencies
  • Stress and trauma surrounding events such as the death of a loved one
  • Scarring from accidents, burns or surgery

When hair loss is caused by something other than male pattern baldness, you may notice overall thinning or patchy hair loss, rather than thinning at the temples and crown.

For informational purposes only. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.

The Hamilton-Norwood Scale

Experts often refer to the Hamilton-Norwood Scale to help men understand the progression of male pattern baldness. This scale groups men’s hair loss into seven classes from the least amount of hair loss to the most.

Hamilton-Norwood Scale Class I

Class I


There is minimal or no recession of the hairline. At this stage, you should monitor your hair regularly for any signs of thinning.

Hamilton-Norwood Scale Class II

Class II

The initial signs of hair loss are becoming more visible. The hairline starts to recede, typically in symmetrical triangular shapes near the temples, like an “M” shape.

Hamilton-Norwood Scale Class III

Class III

There is deep symmetrical hair loss at the temples, which may be bare or sparsely covered with hair. At this stage, the hair also begins to thin at the crown.

Hamilton-Norwood Scale Class IV

Class IV

Hair loss in the frontal region and at the temples becomes more severe. Additional thinning is visible near the hairline and thinning at the crown becomes more pronounced. A moderately thin band of hair separates the two areas of hair loss.

Hamilton-Norwood Scale Class V

Class V

There is still a visible separation between hair loss in the front and at the crown. However, the divide is becoming narrower. A “horseshoe” shape of remaining hair at the sides and back of the head is beginning to form.

Hamilton-Norwood Scale Class VI

Class VI

More severe hair loss is clearly visible, as the hair separating the crown and the front temporal region is nearly gone with only sparse hair remaining.

Hamilton-Norwood Scale Class VII

Class VII

This is the most severe form of hair loss. There is a complete loss of hair in the front, temporal and crown regions. The “horseshoe” shape of hair is all that remains, and the hair remaining may be less dense than it was previously.

No matter where you fall on the scale, Hair Club can help. We offer all-proven hair loss solutions using the latest technology and expertise to help you get your hair back. Rediscover how a full head of hair can boost your confidence and help you feel like yourself again.

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Men's Hair Loss FAQs

Typical characteristics of male pattern baldness include:

  • A receding hairline that produces an “M” shape
  • Thinning hair at the crown
  • Finer and thinner hair overall

While the average person sheds 50-100 hairs per day, excessive hair loss is usually noticeable. You know your hair best. If you think it’s thinning, it probably is. The good news is you have options. Talk to one of our hair loss experts to learn what your level of hair loss is and what you can do about it.  

Yes. By the age of 35, two-thirds of men will have visible hair loss. Some men even begin to lose their hair as early as their late teens and early twenties. No matter when you start losing your hair, the sooner you act, the sooner you can get your hair back.

You don’t have to live with hair loss. You have options. We offer customized solutions for every hair type and level of hair loss. Schedule your free consultation with one of our trained experts and find out which solution is right for you. Take the next step toward getting your hair back and remember what it’s like to live life to the fullest with a full head of hair.

There's a lot of misinformation out there. That’s why you need a reliable source for hair loss information you can trust. Hair Club has been helping men restore their hair for more than four decades. In that time, we’ve heard our share of hair loss myths. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Wearing hats causes hair loss. FALSE.
  • Baldness comes from your mother’s side. FALSE.
  • Shampooing your hair too much makes it fall out. FALSE.

Wearing a hat does not cause hair loss, but genetic hair loss can come from either or both your mother’s side and father’s side of the family. Also, be sure you shampoo and condition your hair regularly because healthy hair starts with a clean, healthy scalp.

If you have questions about hair loss and are looking for dependable answers, schedule your free consultation with one of our hair loss experts today.

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