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Male Androgenic Alopecia: The Science And The Solutions


hair loss treatmentMale androgenic alopecia, also referred to as androgenetic alopecia and more commonly known as male pattern baldness, is the most common form of hair loss seen in post-pubertal males. Male pattern baldness usually begins when the male is in his 30s or 40s, but it can also occur in the teenage years. Ninety percent of cases are hereditary.


Male pattern baldness is caused by a combination of gene variations and androgens, male sex hormones.


 The suspected gene variation that triggers the hair loss sits on the X chromosome, which is passed down to men by their mothers. This implies a man may predict his future hair health by looking at the men on his mothers side of the family.

Gene experts note, however, that other genes -- some of which could come from the father -- may also influence baldness. So hair loss is not strictly a mother-son inheritance condition.


A percentage of the male hormone testosterone is converted to a more potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT exerts a miniaturizing effect on the hair follicles across the top of the scalp. During a reduced growing phase, affected follicles produce fine-textured, un-pigmented hair -- called vellus hair -- that rarely grows beyond a couple centimeters in length. This results in a thinning of hair density in this androgen-sensitive area.


The word pattern in male pattern baldness stems from the identifiable, systematic ways in which hair thins and falls out of the scalp. It usually begins with a receding of the hairline at the temples, followed by or occurring simultaneously with a thinning of the hair density on the crown. Eventually, the two balding areas meet to form a typical U-shape around the back and sides of the head. The hair that remains is often finer and does not grow as quickly as it used to.

Over time all the hair follicles across the top and sides of the scalp may be affected, leading to -- but not always resulting in -- total baldness.

Thinning hair in women, on the other hand, occurs in different patterns. Read our previous blog post for more information on female pattern alopecia (FPA).


Baldness is a natural condition, not a disease. Men may choose to accept their baldness, letting it progress naturally or beat the baldness by shaving their heads themselves.

Fortunately, those are not the only options. Made possible by exciting scientific developments and technological advancements in the hair restoration industry, non-surgical hair loss treatment options are readily available.

HairSpas dedicated trichologists -- expert hair consultants and technicians -- use the latest technology, cutting-edge science and innovative thinking to customize the best hair loss treatments for you.

Laser Revivogen Hair Treatment

HairSpa uses a highly effective hair loss treatment called Laser Revivogen Hair Treatment (LRHT). Revivogen, which contains all natural ingredients, is a regimen of advanced hair rejuvenation, cleansers, conditioners, DHT blockers and low-level laser therapy. Click here to learn more about laser hair treatment and the scientifically proven effects of this hair loss option

Hair Replacement Systems

If your hair loss is at an advanced stage -- more than 70-80% hair loss -- and you're ready to do something about it, you may consider non-surgical hair replacement. The helpful trichologists at HairSpa are more than happy to answer any inquiries you have about this option, as well as determine whether you are a good candidate for non- surgical hair replacement. Learn more about the hair replacement process on our website.

Scalp Treatments

HairSpa offers a variety of in-house spa treatments for conditions related to male androgenic alopecia, such as dandruff, psoriasis, eczema/dermatitis and scalp fungus. Visit our male scalp treatment page for more details on these clinically tested creams, lotions and detox treatments


Hair loss is common in men, but its also a choice -- not an unbeatable fate. There is no reason to be ashamed or apprehensive about non-surgical hair restoration solutions and hair replacement systems. This is not about giving up, but about taking the situation into your own hands.

Click the button below to take control of your hair health and reclaim your self-confidence with HairSpa. 

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