Androgenic alopecia is a common form of hair loss. In men, we often call it male pattern baldness: hair begins to recede in a characteristic M shape, in addition to hair thinning along the crown, often progressing to partial or complete baldness. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to see overall thinning than to notice a receding hairline or total baldness.
But the question we all have is: Why does this happen? Unfortunately the truth is often buried beneath widespread myths. The most common of which is the infamous “hair loss gene” passed from mother to son. In reality, male pattern baldness genetics are a) complex, and b) only one part of the hair-loss story.
Let’s set the record straight on the “baldness gene.”