First of all, male pattern alopecia can begin at any age and to varying degrees. The question of when an individual will lose his or her hair is left solely up to genetics. Fifteen to sixteen years of age is quite early to start balding but usually tends to onset gradually, so it is not entirely impossible to start suffering from baldness in one’s teen age. It begins with the thinning of the hair or receding hairline. For male pattern baldness, the noticeability of hair loss increases by age so that by age 20, about 20% of people have at least some visible hair loss and by age 50, 50% of people have at least some noticeable hair loss. The majority of alopecia sufferers start noticing their hair loss in the mid to late twenties.
Aside from androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness), there are many other causes for hair loss, although many are usually temporary unlike male pattern balding. These include stress, medication and illness. For these instances, there are no age of onset.
Hair loss occurs gradually and may appear in patches or diffused pattern. Roughly one hundred hairs are lost from your head every day. The average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs. Each individual hair survives for an average of four years, during which time it grows about half an inch each month. Usually around the fifth year, the individual hair falls out and is replaced with six months by a new one. Both men and women tend to lose hair thickness and amount as they age. Inherited or pattern baldness affects many more men than women. About twenty-five percent of men begin to bald by the time they are thirty years old, and about two-thirds are either bald or have a balding pattern by age sixty. When the hair does not cycle back to the growing phase, hair loss is experienced.
If you suddenly notice more than normal hair loss occurring, you may want to seek a physician’s advice. Bosley Professionals can inform you if there is a problem, what the condition could be, and offer the appropriate treatment or solution. If you believe you are experiencing excessive hair loss, you can find much more information about what could be causing your hair loss and the available treatment options during a Bosley Consultation, which is offered free of charge.