Male Pattern, Genetic & Hereditary Baldness

What is male Pattern baldness?

Genetics make you unique, but they’re also the leading cause of men’s hair loss, with two out of three men experiencing hair loss by age 60. For such a widespread issue, there’s a lot of misinformation floating about. How significant is the role that genetics play in hereditary hair loss? From which parent do you inherit it? Will every man lose his hair or go bald? Does hair thinning always lead to baldness?

Hereditary Hair Loss, also called Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness, is the common condition that leads to thinning and baldness. If hair loss runs in your family, you might have expected to inherit the condition.

Still, you may feel stripped of your masculinity, and a hit to your confidence is a natural side-effect. Many men deliberately avoid social settings as they struggle to adjust to their changing image. Knowing your options is crucial to building a treatment plan rooted in knowledge, resources, and solutions.

what causes male pattern baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness causes 95% of all men’s hair loss cases, according to the American Hair Loss Association. However, hormones and age play a role as well. For decades, men have been in the spotlight of hair loss. In a society that stigmatizes baldness, it’s challenging to find the right information and retain a strong sense of self. That’s why understanding is the first step toward treatment.

Hereditary hair loss is a condition in which men can inherit the gene from either parent. The male sex hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), causes genetic hair loss. DHT falls in a class of hormones called Androgens. When you inherit increased levels of DHT, the hormones slowly miniaturize the hair follicles and limit hair growth. Hair follicles remain in the shedding phase longer than usual, and hair falls out in excess.

Follicular miniaturization occurs when the hair shaft changes and hair breaks, sheds, and thins. As men age, hair may become thinner and start to shed significantly by age 60, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Whether hair thins at the hairline, temples, or crown of your head, it feels like a hit to your appearance and ego. We’re here to help you reclaim it with resources, knowledge, and clinically-proven solutions.


Hair loss may affect many men, but each experience is different. For some men, hair loss starts as early as the tumultuous teenage years, when hormones are continually shifting. Other men may gradually experience thinning but delay balding until their 50s or 60s. While daily shedding is natural — most people shed about 100-150 hairs every day — excessive shedding, or patchy thinning, can indicate hereditary hair loss.

Additional symptoms of Hereditary Hair Loss include:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Thinning across the top of the head, causing the hairline to recede
  • Excessive shedding, often in large handfuls while washing or combing hair
  • Bald patches or noticeable thinning the size of a coin

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Impaired social engagement or interest to join social settings
  • Increased stress, worry, and emotional distress over hair loss
  • Lowered self-confidence and heightened insecurity

Hair loss shouldn’t slow you down from achieving your true potential, but the effects are taxing. Helpful resources and effective solutions are vital to regaining confidence and resuming your optimal social, physical, and emotional health.


The hair follicles are located on the scalp, which is the body’s largest organ: the skin. As such, a dermatologist can give you the most accurate diagnosis. During your visit, the doctor will analyze your medical history, genetics, and physical health.

Some cases may require a non-invasive scalp biopsy, but it’s uncommon. Once the consultation is complete, the dermatologist will diagnose the condition and work with you on the best course of treatment.

If you are diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia, remember you are not alone. While genetic hair loss isn’t curable, there are solutions to help you retain hair. While you can’t change your genes, you can choose a treatment plan that strengthens self-assurance.


Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent Male Pattern Hair Loss. However, some solutions can delay the progression of it—especially when caught early. Men may likely lose most of the hair on the top of the scalp. There are cosmetic, medicinal, and alternative treatment options to give the appearance of fuller, thicker hair.


Instead of trying to regrow hair, the emphasis is on retention. The following solutions can help you preserve your hair follicles so that you can retain existing hair. 

Cosmetic Solutions

Cosmetic solutions are topical ointments, serums, and hair products created to enhance the natural appearance of hair.

  • Thickening shampoos & conditioners
  • Tonics and serums like Daniel Alain’s Anti Hair Shedding Treatment
  • Strategic styling to add volume and the illusion of fullness
  • Hair building fibers to fill in bald patches


Daily topical or oral application with medicinal treatments can help restimulate hair follicles. There are two FDA-approved hair loss medications: Minoxidil and Finasteride.

A non-prescription, topical solution applied to the scalp regularly. Initially prescribed as Rogaine, Minoxidil is available at various concentration levels, with 2% and 5% being the most popular. Generally, it takes about 6 months for hair regrowth. 

Known commercially as Propecia, this prescription medication is a pill form approved for men’s hair loss. Finasteride inhibits the production of the enzyme, 5-alpha-reductase, which transforms testosterone into Androgen Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In a clinical trial, Finasteride minimized the release of DHT by up to 60%, stopped hair loss, and resumed growth for 86% of men. 

Alternative Solutions

For some men, the above solutions take too long when hair loss occurs rapidly. In the interim, hairpieces, cosmetic solutions, and styling choices can maintain a consistent self-image and boost confidence. Consult with your stylist, or a hair specialist, about your options for alternative solutions.

Procedural Solutions

There are a few non-invasive and elective surgery options proven to help reduce the progression of Male Pattern Baldness. Procedural solutions include hair transplants, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), laser phototherapy, and scalp micro-pigmentation. Learn more about your procedural solution options. 


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 Minoxidil Response Test


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