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Men were penalized for going bald, but it depended heavily on your age. So, a man going bald at 20 was penalized more than a man going bald at 60. Women going bald were penalized very heavily as our society would frown much more on this.
|Why do men go bald?|
Male-pattern baldness (also known as Androgenetic Alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss for men, representing up to 90% of all male cases. There are some 40 million male adults in North America today experiencing hair loss. Mild to moderate hair loss affects about 50% of all men by the time they are 50. Male pattern hair loss results in either a receding hair line or thinning at the crown of the head. It occurs due to a chemical known as dihydrotestosterone (or “DHT”) which builds up around the follicle and eventually kills the follicle and the hair.
A follicle’s resistance to DHT is genetic – which is why some people go bald and others do not. If you have relatives with thin hair or who are bald, you may well develop the same problem, although the gene can also skip generations and can be inherited from either the mother’s or the father’s side of the family.
Aging makes baldness more likely. Sixty five% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 60. Most elderly people have thin, fine hair even if they are not noticeably bald. Other factors and conditions that cause hair loss, include braiding (currently popular with African American men) and Alopecia Areata (spotty hair loss).Source - HairClub.com