- NOT EVERY MAN WILL SUFFER FROM MALE PATTERN BALDNESS
Hair loss is one of those unfortunate facts of life that a significant number of men will have to contend with during their lifetime. According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men will begin to see their locks lose some of their luster by age 35. Once the big 5-0 rolls around, about 85 percent of men will have experienced a significant amount of thinning.
- IT DOESN’T JUST TARGET THE OLDER CROWD
While male pattern baldness most often affects older men, its onset can actually begin much earlier. The American Hair Loss Association estimates that about 25 percent of men who are affected by the condition begin to see the first signs of hair loss before age 21.
3. WOMEN AREN’T IMMUNE
Even though hair loss is typically thought of as something that only men are burdened with, plenty of women experience their fair share of follicular challenges. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are female. By the time they reach age 50, roughly half of all women will be dealing with some degree of pattern hair loss.
4. AND NEITHER ARE CHILDREN
Approximately 3 percent of all pediatric doctor visits made each year are connected to hair loss-related issues in children, including thinning and bald spots. The causes can range from things as simple as wearing hair in a ponytail too tightly to fungal infections of the scalp to alopecia, which in some cases can result in a total loss of all body hair.
5. YOU CAN BLAME YOUR MOM IF YOU GO BALD
Heredity plays a big part in determining if and when you’ll lose your hair. Both your mother’s and father’s genes have a say in whether hair loss is a possibility, but surprisingly, it’s the DNA you inherit from your mom that has the strongest influence. It’s estimated that approximately 30 million women and as many as 50 million men experience hair loss as a direct result of their genetic make-up.
6. SCIENTISTS HAVE EVEN DISCOVERED A BALDNESS GENE
In an effort to try and pinpoint a more definitive link between genetics and male pattern baldness, researchers from GlaxoSmithKline conducted an in-depth study of 1,125 men to test for hair loss susceptibility. The results showed that 1 in 7 men are more likely to lose their hair based on the presence of a specific gene.
7. SOME PEOPLE PULL THEIR HAIR OUT ON PURPOSE
Stress and anxiety can cause your hair to fall out, but in some cases, it can actually lead you to literally pull your hair out. This is a psychiatric disorder called trichotillomania. This condition, which tends to surface in individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, gives sufferers the urge to pull hair to relieve tension. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 4 percent of the population is affected by trichotillomania, with women developing it at nearly double the rate of men.
8. HAIR LOSS CAN SIGNAL OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS
As if losing your hair isn’t bad enough, you may have to deal with the possibility that it’s related to another, more serious health issue. Researchers have linked hair loss to prostate conditions in men, as well as coronary problems. In one study, for example, baldness was linked to a 70 percent higher risk of developing heart disease.
9. YOU PROBABLY HAVE MORE HAIR THAN YOU THINK
On average, the human scalp has anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles. According to WebMD, it’s typical to lose roughly 100 hairs each day. As you get older, your hair begins to grow at a slower rate. Even if you’re losing an average amount, it takes longer for new hairs to appear, which can contribute to the appearance of thinning or bald spots.
10. BUT IT DOESN’T ALL GROW AT THE SAME TIME
If you’ve ever tried to grow your hair out after getting a bad cut, you know how frustrating it is to wait. Part of the problem is that now all of your hair is actively growing all at once. According to the University of Utah, 10 percent of your strands are in a resting stage at any given moment. After about two to three months, the dead hair is shed.
11. ETHNICITY INFLUENCES THE RATE OF GROWTH
On average, human hair grows about 6 inches per year, but some lucky folks can go from a pixie cut to shoulder-length tresses in seemingly no time at all. A study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that among women, those of Asian descent saw their hair grow the fastest while women with African heritage experienced the slowest growth.
12. IT’S NOT JUST YOUR PHYSICAL STATUS
Hair loss is not just a cosmetic issue. It can also wreak havoc on your psychological and emotional well-being. A 2012 study published by the National Institutes of Health found that among 157 women who were surveyed, 54 percent reported some hair loss and 29 percent claimed to have at least two symptoms of depression.
13. MORE PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO SURGERY TO CORRECT HAIR LOSS
While there are medications designed to treat hair loss, many people are opting for a more permanent solution to the problem. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, nearly 90,000 hair transplant operations were performed in 2012. And more than 310,000 hair restoration procedures took place worldwide.
14. AND MOST OF THEM ARE MEN
In addition to looking at the total number of people who underwent transplant surgery, the ISHRS also compared how many men versus women opted for the treatment. Altogether, just over 86 percent of patients were male, although the number of women seeking surgical remedies jumped by 20 percent between 2004 and 2012.
15. YOUNGER PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO SIGN ON FOR SURGERY
Another key finding from the ISHRS’s 2013 Practice Census centers on the age of patients who underwent hair restoration surgery. If you’re thinking that seniors would be the first in line, it may astonish you to learn that it’s actually people in the 30-year-old to 49-year-old range who are braving the surgery most often. Nearly 60 percent of males and 56 percent of females who received surgical treatment in 2012 were in this age group.