Male Hair Loss: Common Causes and Treatment Options

March 15th, 2024
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Male hair loss can be caused by various lifestyle and genetic factors. Treatment options like a scalp tattoo help men cover receding hair lines and bald spots to restore the appearance of a full head of hair. Here is more information about common causes of male hair loss and the available treatment options:

Lifestyle & Genetic Factors

Some lifestyle factors affecting male hair loss includes stress and diet. Other factors include hereditary pattern baldness and hormone imbalances. Identifying the cause of your hair loss can lead to various treatments, such as scalp micropigmentation. These are some of the most common lifestyle and genetic factors responsible for thinning hair:


Elevated stress levels affect hair over time, causing it to thin. Emotional and physical trauma, like a sudden illness or loss of a loved one, can cause temporary hair loss. This condition is also referred to as telogen effluvium. Individuals may notice new hair growth once the body’s stress levels have returned to normal and maintained for several months.


The foods we eat contribute to the health of our hair, and vtamin and mineral deficiencies can reduce the quality of hair strands and lead to thinning. Eating a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins enhances overall health and boosts the potential for new hair growth. Eating foods with high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, like berries and nuts, may encourage hair growth and reduce thinning. 


Regularly wearing high-tension hairstyles, like braids and ponytails, may cause premature hair loss. Wearing tight headwear has the same effect by limiting blood flow to the follicles and causing friction on the strands. Thinning hair caused by this type of tension is called traction alopecia. Cases of traction alopecia are reversible and may be responsive to various hair regeneration treatments. 

Medical Condition Treatment

Some treatments for medical conditions, like chemotherapy and radiation, can cause an individual’s hair to fall out. The scalp may experience toxic shock from medications and begin to thin. This condition is referred to as anagen effluvium. Cooling caps help prevent hair loss in individuals undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Other medical procedures and hair transplants may result in the growth of scar tissue on the scalp. This tissue is not conducive to hair growth, causing bald patches on the scalp.

Hereditary Pattern Baldness

Hereditary or male pattern baldness runs in families and can start developing in young adulthood. A common misconception about this condition, is that it’s genectically passed down from only one parent. A family history of male pattern baldness from both parents increases an individual’s chance of developing the condition. Hereditary balding is characterized by a receding hairline that forms an “M” shape and thinning hair on the top and crown areas of the head.

Hormone Imbalance

The hormones known as androgens regulate and maintain hair growth in men and women. An over or under-production of these hormones may lead to androgenic alopecia. This condition occurs when the androgens overstimulate the hair follicles, shortening the hair’s growth cycle. This disruption results in shorter, thinner strands of hair. It also results in a more extended period between the end of one growth cycle and the beginning of the next.

Hair Loss Treatment Options

Non-invasive treatment options for hair loss includes scalp tattoos, which address various hair conditions, such as transplant scars or receding hairlines. These treatments are beneficial for varying types of hair loss and are customizable to meet individuals’ hair growth needs. A scalp tattoo artist can correct a receding hairline with a design that matches the client’s head and facial structure. This treatment also adds density to the crown and other balding areas to make the hair appear fuller. Scalp tattoos produce immediate, long-lasting results. 

The scalp micropigmentation process uses a specialized formula to help complement any hair type and skin tone. Tiny deposits of color are placed for complete coverage and resemble natural hair follicles. This technique creates an even hairline and the appearance of a shaved head. A treatment can take anywhere from 2-3 sessions, depending on the location and whether it’s covering a scar or entire scalp. The recovery time is quick, and clients can return to their regular schedule promptly.

Schedule a Scalp Tattoo Consultation

At Scalp Micro USA, we offer scalp tattoos for men and women with various types of hair loss. Contact our artists if you want to fill in thinning areas or reshape your hairline. During a consultation appointment, our team will assess your hair loss and create a treatment plan that matches your hair restoration goals. We offer these appointments at our in-person locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Houston. You can also meet with our artists via FaceTime or phone call. Fill out our contact form today to schedule a free consultation and receive a quote for your scalp tattoo.

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