One of the biggest areas of insecurity for many men is the worry that they will go bald.
Many young men believe that it is not something that will affect them, but then, when they start losing their hair earlier than they would have even anticipated, it can cause a real drop in their confidence.
With male pattern baldness being something that affects roughly half of all men, understanding the condition is important.
KSL hair loss clinic in Newcastle has listed 10 hair loss stats that may surprise you.
1. Hair loss is not just for the old
While many people see baldness as being something that relates to old age, male pattern baldness can come on at a much younger age.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, about a quarter of men will start to see the effects of male pattern baldness by the age of 21.
2. Not every man will experience male pattern baldness
The American Hair Loss Association claims that by the age of 35, two-thirds of men will start to thin on top, while by the age of 50, this number rises to 85%.
That means that there are some guys out there that are not experiencing hair loss.
3. Hair loss is hereditary down the female line
If you want to know whether you will lose your hair, don’t look at your dad’s head.
Look at your maternal grandfather or any uncles you may have on your mother’s side instead. It is a common misconception that your hair will follow your father’s.
4. Children also experience baldness
Around about 3% of pediatric visits are connected with hair loss in children.
Although the reasons for hair loss are quite different. Often, hair loss in youngsters will be caused by hair being tied up too tightly, or fungal infections in the scalp.
5. Women experience baldness too
Many people associate baldness with men, however, around half of women aged 50 and over will experience some degree of hair loss.
6. Some people pull their own hair out on purpose
Stress and anxiety can cause hair loss, however, for some people, anxiety can bring about a disorder called trichotillomania.
The condition is linked to post-traumatic stress disorder and causes sufferers to pull their hair out on purpose. The act of doing this is to relieve tension.
Up to 4% of the population suffer from trichotillomania, with women accounting for almost double the amount of occurrences than men.
7. There is a baldness gene
In a study of 1125 men, GlaxoSmithKline found that one out of every seven men is likely to lose their hair based on the presence of a specific gene.
8. You may have more hair than you think
The average head has between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles. The average amount of hairs to lose each day is around 100.
As you age, your hair growth slows, and as such, it can take longer for gaps in your hair to grow back.
9. Hair loss can be caused by other health issues
There are a number of health concerns that can bring about hair loss.
Research has found links between hair loss and prostate cancer, while there is a strong link between baldness and heart disease.
10. Hair grows at different rates
According to the University of Utah, at any moment, 10% of your hairs are in a resting phase. This means that your hair is not all growing at the same rate.
About The Author:
Michelle is a content writer and social media marketing manager at KSL Clinic. She loves to write on health topics.