Male pattern hair loss can be due to several factors. It can be genetic in origin, or secondary to any medical illness, chemotherapy drugs and extremely stressful events. However, heredity is considered to be the major cause of hair loss.
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss that occurs in men. Male pattern baldness sufferers inherit hair follicles with a genetic sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a derivative of testosterone. Testosterone is converted to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha-reductase that is present in the oil glands of hair follicles. DHT miniaturizes hair follicles. Hair follicles which are sensitive to DHT start to miniaturize. You are more susceptible to suffer from hair loss if any of your immediate family members suffered from it.