Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow? 10 Common Hair Loss Causes in Men


Many guys take pride in their hair and losing it can be devastating. Whether it’s thinning or receding at the temples, or completely disappearing on top of your head, male pattern baldness is one of the most common forms of hair loss in the world today. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to treat it. In this article, we’ll look at 10 causes of hair loss in men and how to treat them before they get out of control.

Topical Medications

treatment for baldness

Minoxidil is one topical medication that has been approved for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. Minoxidil is an FDA approved vasodilator that works by opening up blood vessels to increase blood flow and cell production. This is particularly effective when used on the scalp which can lead to increased hair growth and subsequent reversal of balding patterns.

Genetic Factors

One of the most common causes of hair loss is genetics. The genes you inherit from your parents play a huge role in how your hair grows and whether it will be more susceptible to damage or breakage. For example, those with thick curls are prone to pattern baldness at an earlier age than those with thin straight locks. Sometimes the family tree can show you who may be genetically predisposed to balding.
A large number of people don’t realize they’re at risk for this condition until they’ve already begun noticing receding hairlines or areas where their hair has fallen out without any noticeable cause like trauma or illness.

Psychological Factors

balding patterns

There are many things that can cause hair loss. Some of these include genetics and heredity, a traumatic event such as an accident or surgery, medical conditions like lupus or polycystic ovary syndrome, and anxiety. It is important to remember that hair loss is not the end of the world and there are many things you can do to combat it.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Poor nutrition can lead to hair loss. If you’re not eating enough protein or iron, your body won’t have the materials it needs to grow and maintain your hair. The same goes for zinc—an essential nutrient that is necessary for healthy skin, nails, and hair. So make sure you get your daily dose of zinc with foods like oysters, nuts (especially pumpkin seeds), dark chocolate, leafy green vegetables (especially spinach), beans, peas, meat, and dairy products.
It’s also important to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Alopecia Areata

cause of hair loss

The condition can occur at any age but it’s more common in children than adults and it affects twice as many men as women. It is not known what causes the disorder, though experts have suggested that it may be caused by an autoimmune disorder or genetic predisposition.

Male Pattern Baldness

In some cases, male pattern baldness can result from an underlying medical condition (such as an overproduction of testosterone) or side effects of certain medications (like steroids). It’s also been linked to smoking and stress. If you’re experiencing any of these factors and are still losing hair, it might be time to see a doctor or make lifestyle changes.

Iron Deficiency Anemia


A blood test can help your doctor diagnose whether you have iron deficiency anemia which could be caused by not eating enough meat, seafood, or leafy greens; heavy periods; pregnancy; low bone density, or excessive bleeding due to ulcers or tumors.
The good news is that blood transfusions are usually only necessary if there are other symptoms such as heart failure and organ damage.

Severe Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. But when stress becomes severe and prolonged, it can take a toll on your body and make you more susceptible to hair loss. When people experience long-term emotional or physical stress—including the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, or financial hardship—hair often falls out or stops growing.

Hormonal Imbalances

hair loss

One possible cause of hair loss is a hormonal imbalance. Male pattern baldness can be caused by an excess of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). To prevent this from happening, it’s important to know the signs of an imbalance. They include abnormal changes to your hair texture and/or color, acne on your scalp, and thinning hair.

Neurological Disorders

Many people think that hair loss is a normal part of the aging process. However, it can also be caused by neurological disorders. These disorders include multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is another neurologic disorder that can cause hair loss as well.