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  • Look at that beautiful bald man.

  • He's oozing swagger and confidence.

  • He owns it.

  • But it wasn't always like this.

  • This is Rob, he's 33.

  • This, is also Rob.

  • He started to lose his hair when he was about 20.

  • So, what happened?

  • Why did Rob go bald, and what does it mean?

  • [Why do some men go bald?]

  • There's something about being bald and owning it.

  • I mean, look at all these bald icons.

  • Michael Jordan, Jason Statham, his sidekick, The Rock.

  • But losing your hair is not something you aspire to.

  • If you're concerned about your thinning hair, call Hair Club for Men and receive our free brochure.

  • In fact, there's an entire industry built around fighting it.

  • And remember: I'm not only the Hair Club president, but I'm also a client.

  • I asked a dermatologist about why some men lose their hair and if going bald is my destiny as well.

  • So, when we say "baldness," we're usually referring to male-pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia.

  • The hair follicle is slowly, over time, becoming smaller and smaller, to the point when it stops producing a full hair.

  • Testosterone is becoming converted to dihydrotestosterone in the hair follicle by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, and when it attaches to the androgen receptor in the hair follicle, it causes the follicle to produce a smaller hair.

  • So, I want to show you my friend Rob here.

  • Rob started losing his hair in his early 20s, and, as you can see, there's little to ... well, there's none left.

  • So what is going on with Rob?

  • Well, Rob has what we call androgenetic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness.

  • This is due to several genes.

  • And some of the genes are early expressing, and some susceptible individuals, they start to lose their hair very young, usually by age 30.

  • The fact that Rob is bald, does that make him any less virile?

  • No.

  • So, it's a myth that hair loss or balding is associated with virility in men.

  • Men who go bald don't have abnormal levels of testosterone.

  • It's really that the hair follicle becomes sensitized to the effects of testosterone or androgens, and it starts to create a smaller hair, and eventually it stops producing hair.

  • So, what role do genetics play, and is it true that baldness is inherited from your mom's side?

  • The genetics of male-pattern thinning and baldness is complicated.

  • We know that the androgen receptor gene is on the X chromosome, which is inherited from your maternal side, typically.

  • So, there are some studies showing that having a brother who expresses male-pattern baldness might be more predictive than if your father has male-pattern thinning.

  • Let's talk about me.

  • Mm-hmm.

  • I'm 37.

  • I've still got some hair.

  • Yeah.

  • But can you tell me what's going on?

  • Am I gonna go bald?

  • Well, do you have a family history of any thinning?

  • Yes, I do, on my dad's side.

  • My dad, pretty much bald, his brother is bald.

  • I have a brother who has a very thick head of hair.

  • Do you think your hair has been thinning?

  • I think it might be, like, in the front a little bit.

  • I don't really know what's going up top there.

  • Yeah, maybe a little.

  • Really?

  • Maybe a little.

  • So, androgenetic alopecia is actually not an uncommon trait.

  • About 40 percent of the population has some degree of thinning, usually between the ages of, like, 20 to 40.

  • My wife, Janet, she really likes my blond hair, and if it were to go, that could be a problem.

  • So, how long do you think I've got to keep some semblance of this?

  • I think you probably have a while to go.

  • I think you're gonna be okay.

  • The men who tend to go "bald" bald tend to do so by age 30, usually.

  • Based on what you see, my age, what I've described about my family, you don't expect my hair to just fall out in the next, like, five years?

  • No, it would be unusual, but you may notice, you know, as you get a little bit older, it may continue to thin slightly.

  • Okay, that's a relief.

  • Fantastic.

  • That's great!

Look at that beautiful bald man.

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Why Some Men Go Bald

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    Helena posted on 2020/08/01
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