Today, we answer one of life’s greatest mysteries: "Why do people go bald?"
Something, we guarantee every man reading this has thought at one point or another is... "Am I losing my hair?" Which is totally understandable.
Over a third of all men in America suffer from hair loss, but why is that? What causes someone to go bald? And is there an evolutionary reason for why it happens?
Well, male pattern baldness is essentially a product of two factors: genetics and hormones.
1. HormoneOn the hormone side, you have testosterone - over time, about 5% of all your testosterone breaks down and get converted into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
All men have some amount of DHT in their bodies, from the moment an egg gets fertilized, until they die. It does different things depending on what stage of life you’re in. When you’re still in the womb, DHT is what helps form the male genitalia. But once a man reaches adulthood, it starts to play a role in prostate regulation, and it can cause the hair follicles to miniaturize.
So, men who experience male pattern baldness, likely have a sensitivity to DHT. Well, that’s the hormone explanation.
2. GeneticsHowever, most baldness, especially baldness that happens early on in life - is due to genetics. We’ve always been taught that it’s a maternal disorder, right? So if you’re a guy, and your mom’s father was bald, then you’ll be bald too. Sometimes, that is the case but not always.
Recent research has shown that it’s likely a result of multiple genes, from both your mother and your father. But just because they lost their hair quickly, doesn’t necessarily mean you will. You also have to account for things like;
- sleeping habits
Interestingly, the fact that there is some genetic basis for it does imply that it provides at least some evolutionary advantage.
The current leading theory is that baldness is a sign of physical and social maturity. This indicates that the male past the stage of high sexual activity, and thus less of a threat to other males. It also stands to reason that a mature man would be more nurturing to younger groups which in turn, would be a selling point for women. Not to mention the fact that older men will be less likely to seek out other women, and vice versa.
It makes sense when you think about it! However, most guys would probably still prefer to have their hair back. Unfortunately, once you go bald, the only surefire way to do that is via hair transplant well isn’t cheap after all.
Anyway, if you want to get rid of baldness that are not related to these genetics and hormonal aspect why not read my other article about the remedies for hair loss? Thanks for reading.