Hair loss can be a difficult topic to talk about, and it’s hard to know what causes it. You may have heard myths that baldness is caused by poor circulation to the scalp, vitamin deficiencies, or wearing hats too often – but these theories have been disproved. It’s also untrue that hair loss can be determined by looking at your maternal grandfather, or that 40-year-old men who haven’t lost their hair will never lose it. So, what is the truth behind hair loss? Let’s break down the science.

The Cause of Hair Loss

Hair loss is primarily caused by a combination of aging, a change in hormones, and a family history of baldness (also known as male pattern baldness). Generally speaking, the earlier hair loss begins, the more severe it will become. As you age, your hair follicles can shrink due to hormone changes and hereditary influences. This process is called “miniaturization” and causes short hairs to replace thicker hairs on your head over time. Miniaturization leads to fewer thick hairs on your head – eventually resulting in thinning and then complete baldness if left untreated.

Treating Hair Loss

Fortunately there are treatments available for those suffering from male pattern baldness or other forms of hair loss. There are both medical and surgical treatments available depending on the individual’s needs and preferences. Medical treatments such as Rogaine (minoxidil) stimulate follicle growth over time while oral medications such as Propecia (finasteride) block the production of DHT hormone which can contribute to miniaturization of hairs. Surgical solutions such as follicle transplants involve taking healthy hairs from areas where they are still plentiful (such as the back or sides of your head) and transplanting them into areas where there has been significant hair loss – creating a more natural look with thicker coverage.


There are many myths out there surrounding hair loss but understanding its true cause can help people make informed decisions about their treatment options. It’s important to consult with a medical professional before making any decisions about treatment so you can get an accurate assessment of your condition along with personalized advice on how best to address it. Remember – no matter why you’re losing your hair, you don’t need to feel ashamed or embarrassed; millions of men suffer from this condition every day! With proper care and maintenance, you can start feeling more confident again in no time!