How young is too young for male pattern baldness to begin? Male pattern baldness, also referred to as androgenetic alopecia is by far the most common type of hair loss. 95% of all hair loss types are genetically influenced and approximately 40% of women and 70% of men will be affected by hair loss in their lifetime.

It’s normal for anyone experiencing hair loss to have a lot of questions, and a frequently asked question that we receive is, “At what age can male pattern baldness start?” In this article, we discuss male pattern baldness and at what age a person can start to experience it.

Male pattern baldness

This type of hair loss in men occurs in a distinct pattern that progresses over many months or years. The pattern starts with a receding hairline, typically making an exaggerated “M” shape, and thinning of the crown. Over time, the loss progresses to baldness on top and in many cases, only hair around the side and back of the head remains. The hair loss is so predictable that a classification scale, referred to as the Norwood Scale, was developed.

Norwood scale:


Norwood classification

In women, androgenetic alopecia doesn’t tend to form a pattern, but rather appears as diffuse hair loss across the entire scalp.
Male pattern baldness occurs when androgenetic hormones cause the hair growth cycle to shorten, hair miniaturises and then sheds. Over time, hair is lost faster than it can grow, resulting in a receding hairline and baldness.

At what age can androgenetic alopecia start?

Hair loss happens at different rates and at different stages of life for everyone, however 55% of men have noticeable hair loss by the age of 40. Early signs of male pattern baldness appear around the age of 25 to 35 for many men. Over time, the hair continues to recede and thin.
Seeking advice from a hair restoration expert can help you understand the rate at which you are losing hair and the possible treatment options available.

Is there a cure?

Currently, there is no “cure” for male pattern baldness, there is however a permanent solution – Gro hair transplant procedure hair transplant – to restore density and redesign the hairline.
Gro hair transplant procedure is the most refined hair transplant technique and natural results are guaranteed. The procedure uses 100% your own hair and involves transplanting hairs from the back and sides of the scalp to the thinning or balding areas. Our doctors can redesign your hairline and restore density to blend seamlessly with the rest of your hair. Our doctors have complete control over the depth, angle and direction of every hair that is implanted. Results are permanent and will continue to grow for life.

What if a hair transplant isn’t for me yet?

If a hair transplant isn’t quite the right solution for you at this moment in time, Gro is here to help. We know that hair loss cannot be treated with a one-size-fits-all solution. That's why we have researched and collated the most effective treatments – from over the counter products like our shampoos and conditioners, to our online clinic which helps provide access to proven prescription treatments by connecting you to a specialist doctor and one of our partner pharmacies. Treatment options start from as little as $1.50 a day. No matter your gender, age, background or stage of hair loss - we will tailor a solution specifically for you.

To find out what the best solution is for you Get started with Gro.

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