Hair Loss: How it Happens in Men and What You Can Do to Stop It

How Serious Is Male Pattern Baldness In Australia

Hair loss can start at a relatively early age. Some young men will not realize it but are suddenly informed of the bald spots developing at the top of their head by their bemused peers. It is one sign of maturing that an adolescent male does not relish. While the percentage of younger men affected is lower, by the age of fifty around half of the male population will have experienced some degree of loss. While a sudden loss can be due to some sort of unexpected exposure to an outside factor like radiation or even controlled instances such as medical treatment, the cause is usually natural and gradual owing to the decline int the male hormone dihydrotestosterone. Many lay people will tell the person experiencing hair loss it is due to inheriting the condition from the males on his mother’s side of the family, but this is a myth. Studies have shown that genes associated with male pattern baldness such as the androgen receptor gene can be inherited from both sides of family.

Hair Loss At 21 Male

Impact of hair loss

If hair loss is significantly impacting a person’s appearance, the first decision a person must make is whether to let nature takes its course or to concede the attrition and not hide the new look. If a man goes for the latter option, they must then decide on how to present themselves. Do they let what is left on top grow out as much as it can to facilitate a combover or do they cut back what is left to the point of shaving either the entire head or the top of the head. Even the latter choice can have some variations. Most men are left with some hair growing on the sides. They might leave just a hint of what is left on the sides to compliment a shaved head. This is common with men who keep their hair short as required by military or law enforcement vocations. Responding to a professional barber usually means a cut with an number one grade razor.

If a person opts for the shaved head route, they must be mindful not just of the hair loss but the loss of a natural sun barrier. With a shaved head, a person is more prone for complications to overexposure from the sun and must not forget to take the simple precautions of having a hat and/or extra hats nearby and in the car as well as sunscreen. 

Doctor’s advice

Losing your hair does not automatically mean you have to see a doctor, especially if it is a natural progression over several years. If it is traumatic or for personal reasons, the patient feels they want to mitigate the loss, they have the ability to explore different options. Some methods that have been around for several years but can be costly involve hair transplants, hair implants and hair plugs. These are out of pocket expenses that insurance companies do not cover and they also involve ongoing maintenance costs. The most basic option that has endured for years is a toupee, which is a male wig, commonly referred to as a wig. To obtain one that is fitted so it looks somewhat natural can be very expensive. Most toupees, especially with older and middle aged subjects do not usually provide a realistic appearance.


Within the last thirty years, topical ointments and lotions have been developed that can provide a more realistic but limited form of mitigation to hair loss. The most popular brand name is Generic Propecia in Australia. When first developed, they were available by prescription only through a medical consultation but by the mid nineties were available over the counter at pharmacies. However, the overall Propecia results will probably be relatively minimal in that a patient will not experience a sudden growth of full and luxurious hair. As with more severe surgical procedures, using topical solutions does require continued use and a financial commitment as health insurance will not cover topical solutions.

Genetic factors

For people not susceptible to the pertinent genetic factors, certain step can be taken to avoid any unexpected hair loss that can occur at any age. People should avoid a tight hair style as many men are styling themselves with braids ponytails. Normal, day to day hair treatment is important as a person should avoid pulling out hair during their grooming routines. Men should also avoid harsh chemical treatments to their hair. When taking medication for any reason, be mindful of the side effects as hair loss can be common for many prescriptions.


Dr. Richard Exposito

6 thoughts on “Hair Loss: How it Happens in Men and What You Can Do to Stop It

  1. Although there are several causes for hair loss, male pattern baldness (aka AGA or hereditary hair loss) accounts for the majority of hair loss in men. A combination of hereditary hair loss factors, hormone activity, and age result in a shortening of the hair growth cycle and gradual shrinking of hair follicles.
    Almost all hair loss in guys results from male-pattern baldness, a genetic trait that comes from your parents. Other causes include certain medications, too much vitamin A, or not enough protein. Illness or stress can lead to sudden, heavy shedding called telogen effluvium.
    With male pattern baldness, hair loss typically occurs on the top and front of the head. With female pattern baldness, thinning occurs on the top and crown of the head. This thinning in women often starts as a widening of the center hair part that leaves the front hairline unaffected.

  2. At 34 I have had normal hair recession, I think. generally it is a point of worry to maybe the point of paranoia. I hope this worry is unfounded and I will not have to find treatments/shave it fully.

  3. Propecia has caused me more problems than benefit; I went through the dreaded “initial shed” of hair that I never got back, and I’m still suffering from side effects 5 years later.

  4. I have been steadily been losing my hair for the last 7 or so years. It really started when I had my first child. It is noticeable now on top. I try to keep my hair short, so it is not as obvious. I feel when you are balding on top and keep your hair long, it draws attention to your thinning / baldness. By keeping it short, it looks more natural. I guess if I continue to loos my hair and the baldness grows, I would consider shaving my head, but I think the shape of my head makes that not a good idea, but I guess we will see if my hair loss continues.

  5. I didn’t think it would happen this early. I mean, it’s not the end of the world but i really do not like starting to lose my hair at the age of 39. It happened suddenly as i really do not have a family history of hair loss at this general age. It’s just one of many things in the future that will clearly demonstrate that i am getting older. I’m not going to do a thing about it for a few reasons like not having a lot of money to correct the issue and there are better uses of my money. Also, i am not the most vain person in the world and i knew this thing would be inevitable, even though it happened earlier than expected; such is life.

  6. Men’s hair lost is a type of condition that men who age get. It’s something that everyone has to deal with and it’s can be treated but cured about. Treatments include hair transplants.

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