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Is hair loss normal?

Updated: Mar 17

Yes, around 6.5 million men in the UK live with male pattern baldness*. The typical male pattern of hair loss is where your hairline starts receding before getting thinner at the crown and the temples. When these two areas meet, it leaves hair at the sides and the back – in a horseshoe pattern. Eventually some men may go completely bald, while others might keep their hair around the back and sides.

For some men the process can start as early as their 20s and by the age of 60 most men have some degree of hair loss. As it is a testosterone-based condition, male pattern baldness can occur in men any time after puberty. Male pattern baldness is not a disease or illness and it doesn't affect your health. However, if you have hair loss that doesn't follow this pattern, for example your hair is falling out in clumps and leaving patches, then you should talk to your GP.



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