About 85% of men already have major hair thinning by the time they are 50. Some guys start losing their hair before they turn 21.
Can wearing a baseball cap make you go bald? Nope. Running fingers through your hair won’t cause it, either. Neither will comb, brushing, twisting, or styling. Just be gentle so you don’t break the strands.
Quit Smoking and Save Your Hair?
There’s a clear link between lighting up and how fast male pattern baldness gets worse. So if you’re looking for one more good reason to quit, add early hair loss to the list.
What It Says About Your Health
Hair loss, or alopecia as doctors call it, doesn’t usually signal a medical problem. And it doesn’t harm your health. But worrying about how it affects your looks is common.
What Causes It?
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. Good news, though: Hair loss that isn’t from male pattern baldness often reverses itself.
Keep the Hair You Have
It’s easier to hang on to your hair than replace it once it’s gone. But be careful as you explore your options. Most “miracle” products and treatments are shams. When in doubt, your doctor or a dermatologist may be able to help.
Hair Loss Medication: Minoxidil
There’s no cure for male pattern baldness, but some medications can slow it down. Minoxidil is an FDA-approved, over-the-counter treatment you apply to your scalp. It slows the rate of loss and helps some guys grow new hair. But once you stop using it, hair loss returns.