Why do men lose hair on the top of their heads but not the back and sides? - nicehair.org

Why do men lose hair on the top of their heads but not the back and sides?

Men who suffer from male pattern baldness (MPB) due to androgen hormones always lose their hair in a very clear pattern — it recedes at the front (specifically at the temples) and thins at the crown. But why is this? Why do these areas thin while the back and the sides can remain thick for many years?

It’s believed the hair follicles on the back and sides of the head are less susceptible to the miniaturization effects of the androgen hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) due to differences in receptor sensitivity or the presence of different androgen receptors. These resistant hair follicles continue to produce healthy hair, even as the follicles on the top of the head gradually shrink and stop producing visible hair.

So this begs the obvious question: how can we make the hairs on the top of the head more like the ones on the back and sides?!

Reducing follicle sensitivity to DHT

A lot of people use medication like Finasteride to reduce the serum DHT levels because they want to reduce the amount of DHT that binds to the hair follicles in their scalp, but this is actually a really bad idea because it also reduces sex drive, muscle mass and competitive drive. Think about it. It’s crazy to reduce a hormone that you really need all over your body when you just want to reduce it’s effects in your scalp. Wouldn’t it be much better to reduce your hair follicle sensitivity to DHT instead?

To learn how to do that read How to reduce scalp hair follicle sensitivity to DHT.