What is baldness?
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss that develops at some point inmost men. This situation is sometimes called alopecia. It generally takes 10 to 20 years, to be bald. However, some men go bald in less than five years.
Typically, first starts the hair too thin (recede) on the sides (temples). At the same time the hair is usually thin on the top of the head is. A bald spot develops gradually in the middle of the scalp. The fleeing sides and the bald spot on the top (crown) gradually enlarge and join together, leaving a patch on the front. The patch on the front finally thinned out also. An edge of the hair is often left to the back and sides of the scalp. In some men, this edge of the hair thins and also going to leave a completely bald head.
What causes hair loss?
Hair is made in hair follicles, which are like small bag just below the skin surface. A hair usually grows from follicle less or more 2 and 1/2 years. It is then shed and a new hair grows from the follicle. This cycle of hair growth, shedding and new growth goes on throughout life.
Below is believed to occur in men as they gradually become bald:
- Affected hair follicles on the scalp are gradually smaller than normal.
- Before falling out, each new hair grows for less time than the normal three years or so.
- Finally, is all that left is a much smaller hair cell and a thin stump of hair that does not grow on the skin.