Men’s Hair Loss: What You Need to Know

According to the American Hair Loss Association, about 85% of men will have significant hair thinning by the time they turn 50, and some men will even begin to lose hair as early as 21.

We think even just reading those figures could make you lose your hair! However, if you equip yourself with the facts, you can tackle this challenging phase of your life with confidence.

The key is to know what type of hair loss you’re experiencing, what’s causing it, and the different treatment options available to you.

Whether you’re looking to regrow hair, cover up hair loss, or make your hair look thicker and fuller, Toppik can provide you with the best solutions, while also helping to educate you on the science behind what is happening and your options.

Read on to learn more about hair loss and the different treatments available for hair regrowth for men.

Types of Hair Loss

Most men can expect to encounter one of these four types of hair loss at some point in their lives.

Involutional Alopecia
Involutional alopecia is the gradual thinning of the hair that occurs with age. It is a natural condition that happens as more and more hair follicles go into the telogen, or “resting” phase. In this phase, hair continues to get shorter with fewer hairs growing, and it becomes harder to regrow hair.

Man controls hair loss

Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, is a hereditary condition characterized by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of the hair from the top of the scalp. This condition is responsible for the vast majority of hair loss in males. It can affect both men and women, but men can experience this type of hair loss as early as their teens or early 20’s.

Men who suffer from male pattern baldness have actually inherited hair follicles that have a genetic sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT shortens the lifespan of the affected hair follicles, and eventually stops the production of new follicles.


Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. It is not permanent, but experts do not know the cause of the attack on the hair follicles.

Patients and doctors usually begin to notice when clumps of hair fall out, which causes small, round patches of visible and exposed scalp on top of the head. In about 90% of people with this condition, the hair may return within a few years.


To read more, visit our blog post on alopecia areata.

Telogen Effluvium
Telogen Effluvium is a temporary condition that develops when there is a change in the number of hair follicles growing hair. It is caused by a large number of hairs entering the Telogen or “resting” phase at the same time, which causes the hair follicles to become dormant, and subsequent shedding and thinning occurs.


Now that you know the types of hair loss that can occur in males, it’s important to understand the causes, and if there are any preventative measures one can take to help minimize hair loss.

Causes for Hair Loss

There are many causes for hair loss, but luckily, in most cases, hair regrowth for men is possible.

Medical Conditions
Medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, eating disorders, and anemia can all cause hair loss.

While hair loss is a normal response under these circumstances, it’s important to understand the effects of other medical conditions on the body. Once the underlying problem is treated, in many cases, the hair will return.

A balanced diet is key to good health. If the body isn’t getting enough essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, then the body’s organs, tissues, and cells may not be functioning properly.

Protein, iron, zinc and biotin deficiencies have all been linked to hair loss in men. In addition to deficiencies, having too much of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A or carotenes can also cause premature male pattern baldness.

Learn more about the best foods that promote healthy hair growth and restoration.

Short-term, everyday stress, such as work or family life, is not going to cause your hair to fall out. A major life event though, or something that causes you to lose sleep at night or a change in appetite, could raise the level of stress hormones in your body. Hopefully this kind of stress will go away over time, and once it does, male hair growth will be possible again.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) shortens the growth cycle of your hair and increases the resting phase. Overtime, hair begins to grow less and becomes shorter until it stops growing altogether. Unfortunately, genes can make certain hair follicles (usually in the front and crown of the head) especially sensitive to this hormone. Furthermore, excess levels of testosterone often result in higher levels of DHT and therefore an increase in hair loss or baldness.

More than 95% of male hair loss is due to male pattern baldness, which is genetic. Contrary to popular belief, this gene can come from either parent. Unfortunately this type of hair loss is impossible to prevent, but there are men’s hair growth treatments that, when used early enough in the hair loss process, can help counteract the genetic trait.

One of the most difficult parts of hair loss is knowing the right product or products to use to help treat it. Read on to learn the best treatment to use for the type of hair loss you have.

Treatments and Solutions for Hair Loss

Ask yourself: Are you looking for a long-term male hair growth treatment, or an everyday cosmetic solution?

Hair Regrowth
If you are still able to regrow hair and are interested in a long-term solution, then Toppik Men’s Hair Regrowth Treatment might be an appropriate solution.

The treatment contains FDA-approved 5% Minoxidil, which is clinically proven to help regrow hair. Applied twice daily to the area of hair loss on the scalp, results can be seen as early as two months, but can sometimes take up to four. Continuous use of this product is needed in order to maintain hair regrowth.

Thin or Thinning Hair
If you want to cover up hair loss, but a permanent solution is either not what you’re looking for or is not possible, there are still plenty of options available to you.

For thin or thinning hair, Toppik Hair Building Fibers is the ideal product to use. Made of natural, colored Keratin protein that is statically charged, Toppik Hair Building Fibers intertwine with your existing hair to create a completely natural look. Hair Building Fibers will stay in your hair through wind, rain, and perspiration, but will easily wash out with shampoo. This makes Hair Building Fibers the simplest and quickest way to cover any signs of hair loss.

To learn more about how hair fibers work, visit our blog post on Hair Building Fibers.

Toppik Hair Building Fibers make fine, thin hair look thick and full instantly. Great for men and women and for all hair types and textures.


To see more results and testimonials with Hair Building Fibers, visit our blog post on Hair Building Fibers Reviews.

Scalp Show-Through or Balding
If you have larger areas of hair loss, scalp show-through or even bald spots, you will need a product that sticks to your scalp, and not only your hair. Toppik Colored Hair Thickener is a colored spray that instantly makes thinning hair look thick and full. It fills in thinning hair while also covering bald spots, and won’t rub off until you wash your hair with shampoo.

Here is what some of our customers had to say about Toppik Colored Hair Thickener:

“I have thin hair and developed a bald spot at the top of my head the size of a silver dollar. I was always asking my friends and family if it was showing. I started to pin my hair down with a bobby pin to keep it covered. My hair is growing back but it is going to take a long time. This cream is thick and covers the area very well. A little goes a long ways so I am sure the tube will last for awhile.”

“I have been using Couvre for probably close to 20 years and can’t imagine living without it…I love the fact that it doesn’t break down and bleed away when sweating or swimming (I’m very active).”

Have you tried any of our Toppik products to help with thinning hair or hair loss? Tell us in the comments section below what worked best for you!

Stay In the Know

Now that we’ve gone through male hair loss and treatments, next week we’re talking about their female counterparts and hair loss.

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Contributed by: Lindsay, a content marketing and social media guru. Specializing in hair loss education, hairstyling and all things beauty related.

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22 Responses

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  2. Lately, my husband has been experiencing significant hair thinning. I think I’ll recommend him to find some hair replacement systems from a good company because I want his hair to look fuller. I wasn’t aware that there are four types of hair loss, so I’ll help him find the right system so that he can look younger.

  3. So is it really possible to experience hair loss from a “man bun”? Another reason laugh at hipsters lol. “Man buns” can cause chronic tension related hair loss, but only if the hair is worn in the style often. So some hardcore man bun fans may experience hair thinning or loss overtime!

    1. Lindsay Mundell


      Toppik Hair products will not regrow your hair. However, the products will help conceal any hair loss that you are experiencing.

      Thank you,
      -Toppik Customer Service

  4. Mark


    I am pretty sure I have alopecia barbae, resulting in a bald spot on my chin. My doctor gave me clotrimazole just over a week ago when I trimmed my beard and saw this random patch, but the cream isn’t helping much yet. Figure I’d give it another week before I see a dermatologist. The real question is does your toppik product help with bears patches? Thanks.

    1. Lindsay Mundell

      Hi Msb316,

      Toppik products work to cosmetically cover beard patches and bald spots. Similar to makeup, they can hide or cover areas to hair loss but are not permanent solutions. We suggest that you try Toppik Hair Fibers if you are looking to cover thinning areas in the most natural-looking way as possible.

      Thank you,
      -Toppik Customer Service

    1. Hi Andrezza – We do post about alopecia and how it affects both men and women. We will also be doing a special blog post in September to help bring awareness to Alopecia Awareness Month.

  5. Edison

    It is always advisable to take care of hair problem in the initial stages itself. Without proper nourishment and care, our hair become thinner to the point where they can no longer hold to their roots, and hence start to fall.

  6. khalil Maacaron

    Hi how many bottle i need to growing my hair and need to know if they are any shop here in Lebanon Beirut buy this product waiting your reply

    1. Hi Khalil – Are you referring to Toppik Hair Regrowth Treatments or Toppik Hair Building Fibers? If you are referring to Toppik Hair Regrowth Treatments and live outside of the US, we are not allowed to ship this product outside of the US because of regulatory restrictions. If you are referring to Toppik Hair Building Fibers, this product does not regrow hair, it is a cosmetic solution to thin or thinning hair. If you would like to buy Toppik Hair Building Fibers, the closest authorized Toppik distributor to you is in Jordan. Here is their website: http://www.toppik.jo. Please let me know if I can help with anything else!

  7. keven sharpe

    I am a hair stylist at Hair Emotions ,ohio. I had a client that had really thin hair so I done some research and found your website. . Order it for her .. now her confidence when from 1 to 10.. I started using it My self I use the dusting , fibers, on gals that hates parts …I love love all your products…. thanks for our new found confidence booster

  8. Brian Lipinski

    I have been a customer for 10+ years with fantastic results.
    Would be interested in Modeling the results.
    Who do I contact?
    Thank You!

    1. Hi Brian! It looks like no one responded to your comment and we are truly sorry for the (very) late response. We love that you have been a long-time customer and would like to model your results. Please send an email with any information or pictures to press@Toppik.com. We look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing from you!

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