Top 10 hair loss facts every man should know

General Hair Loss

Advances in science and medicine have allowed us guys to live, on average, well into our 70s. One consequence is that more and more men are watching their hair grow thin, and more and more of them are not content simply to watch it happen.

Collectively, with millions of men and women worldwide seeking help for hair loss, the full value derived from the simple act of a shrinking follicle is a figure well into the billions of dollars. The surgical hair restoration industry alone, which does not include hair growth formulas such as Rogaine, is estimated to be a $1.2 billion business.

Nobody wants to go bald. Many of us will anyway. Recognizing that, we present 10 statistics that should motivate you to start giving the topic the attention it deserves.

1 – 50% Of A Man’s Hair Is Gone Before It Becomes Noticeable

The No. 1 statistic about hair loss, the stat that should get guys thinking about potentially going bald and about preventing it, is this particularly terrifying one: Half of a man’s head of hair will be gone before it becomes cosmetically visible. How unfair is that?

But hair loss, even male pattern baldness, is too gradual to cause panic right away. The fact that most guys aren’t noticing their hair loss until it’s half gone should motivate guys out there to get ahead of the game and assess what they had and what they’ve got, and determine if action is necessary now, while you still have plenty of it to work with.

2 – Incidence Of Male Pattern Baldness Matches Decade Of Life You’re In

It is one of the tidier adages among hair loss specialists: You can know what percentage of men of a certain age group will experience male pattern baldness simply by their decade in life.

Put another way, among men in their 20s, there is an approximate 20% occurrence of male pattern baldness, men in their 30s face a 30% rate of occurrence and so on, a general statistic that can be applied to men all the way up to guys in their 90s.

3 – Over 800,000 People Seek Hair Restoration Each Year

According to figures that have been extrapolated from data gathered by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 811,000 men and women sought either surgical or non-surgical help for hair loss in 2008. These patients include those using formulas such as Rogaine as well as those going in for transplants.

It also includes regions of the body other than the scalp, including procedures focusing on restoring eyelashes, eyebrows, facial hair, chest hair, and pubic hair. And nowhere are there more such patients than in the United States

4 – 35 Million American Men Have Male Pattern Baldness

If you’re watching your hairline recede under the direction of MPB, it may not make you feel a whole lot better to know you’re not alone in your panic or your fear over losing your hair, but you can find some comfort in knowing just how widespread the condition is among men.

In the United States alone, about 35 million other guys are enduring the same thing

5 – One In Seven Men Have Genetic Variants That Raise Their Balding Risk

According to multicenter research that included scientists from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, a genome-wide association study of 1,125 white men with male pattern baldness uncovered another, far less visible pattern: a pair of previously unknown genetic variants on one of the chromosomes that cranks up a man’s risk for MPB sevenfold. A subsequent study of another 1,650 white men provided confirmation of the initial finding (researchers noted that they believe they would find the same genetic variations in non-whites, but without the evidence we’re unable to say as much with any certainty).

Of course, this discovery is not a cure. At best, it may provide a potential target for future therapies or it could give guys an early warning to take steps toward hair loss prevention

6 – Two Thirds Of Men Will Have Some Hair Loss By Age 35

You’re in your 20s and living large, getting job experience under your belt and enjoying the single life when you suddenly perceive some possible hair loss, maybe a receding hairline or a slightly bald spot on the crown of your head. Is this it? Are you doomed to MPB?

No. Two-thirds of all men will experience some hair loss by the time they hit 35, and by age 50 a full 85% of guys will have some thinning hair

7 – 40% Of Guys Are Misinformed About Hair Loss Inheritance

Like any frightful and dreaded aspect of life, hair loss is surrounded by plenty of myths and misinformation that seem to linger despite so many attempts to debunk them. As recently as 2009, the ISHRS survey revealed that as many as 40% of guys believed that male pattern baldness was a genetic trait that could only be passed down by one parent (generally, the stigma was slapped on mom by way of her father’s genes).

Science has made a convincing case for debunking this long-held assertion, and today we know that thinning hair is a trait that can be inherited through either parent.

8 – 9 Out Of 10 Balding Men Cite Hair Loss As Their No. 1 Concern

When a man starts to believe he’s losing his hair, his mind — temporarily at least — may not be far behind. Going bald causes a man’s mind to swirl into a singular focus about that hair loss; they stress and fret over it to the point of obsession.

Balding affects every aspect of a man’s life. His interpersonal relationships take a hit as a direct result of the blow to his personal image and self-esteem

9 – Male Pattern Baldness Occasionally Begins Before Age 21

Male pattern baldness (MPB) is the great bane of men — the systematic and often demoralizing departure of a head of hair, an enormous blow to one’s self-esteem. Popularly speaking, MPB is associated with men in the midst of midlife crises, maybe guys pushing 30, guys that are “older.” It has absolutely no association with the beauty and shimmer of youth.

Or at least it shouldn’t. But of all the men who will, in their lifetimes, experience the familiar M or U shapes unfold on their heads, a full one-quarter of them will begin the process before they can even legally buy beer in the United States.

10 – 60% Of Men Can’t Correctly Spot A Hair Transplant

Hair transplants and other balding treatments have traditionally gotten a bad rap; in movies and television they’re an easy way to frame a character as vain, incompetent and ridiculous. The plugs make a guy look like he’s imitating a Chia pet.

However, the procedure has come a long way and made great strides in helping guys recover their hair, to the point that it’s gotten difficult to tell who’s had a transplant and who hasn’t, at least according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). In 2009, they published the Hair Transplant Challenge Survey. Among the data: evidence that, when presented with a lineup, three-fifths of men failed to identify which person had had a transplant.

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