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Cause of male pattern hair loss – does the answer lie in the face?



The special role of the face as a body part is taken into account in order to indicate a psychophysiological phenomenon that is possibly causative for male pattern hair loss:

In modern, populous, anonymous societies, the face (especially the mouth, eyes, eyebrows) is the primary tool for interpersonal communication, interaction, and identification. A wrong or inappropriate facial expression can have serious, life-threatening consequences – depending on the situation:
  • Example 1 (exaggerated): a wrong facial expression in an area characterized by crime and violence -> physical attack by easily provoked/violent individuals -> injury/death
  • Example 2 (exaggerated): a wrong facial expression in a job interview -> no job -> no income -> no money for food -> hunger/death
Through interpersonal mimic interaction, humans are conditioned from birth to have their facial expressions under control so as not to provoke unwanted/wrong interpretations and associated reactions from their fellow humans that could have a detrimental effect on their lives in the short or long term, directly or indirectly. The basis for this conditioning is the association of emotion and facial expression anchored in the human mind or predefined by society. Each emotion is assigned a corresponding facial expression. It is a widespread assumption that a person's facial features (facial expressions) basically represent his or her emotional state at all times, since everyone has adjustable facial expressions. This means, for example, that when someone relaxes his/her facial muscles, his/her face, and thus he/she as a person, then also makes a relaxed or neutral impression on other people.

"Problem": some people have a facial shape that does not make a relaxed or neutral impression on other people when physically relaxed. These people are consciously or unconsciously conditioned through interpersonal mimic interaction, but also through verbal communication, to keep their facial and masticatory muscles permanently in tension in order to be able to adjust their facial expression if necessary, since their physically relaxed face triggers undesirable/wrong interpretations and associated reactions in other people. This permanent, subliminal (extraordinary) tension of the facial and masticatory muscles possibly sets off a chain of effects that ultimately causes hair loss.


Video visualizing the process:


Conterexample there exist blind bald man
Refutation of the theory:
  • A person who is completely blind and completely deaf from birth should not be affected by pattern hair loss because the conditioning (establishment of the psychophysiological muscle reflex) occurs through visual and auditory perception of the response of outside persons (note: deaf-blindness often does not mean complete loss of hearing and vision). A person who becomes totally blind and completely deaf at, say, age 5 is not suitable for refutation. A person who is blind and deaf from birth but could previously see or hear using technical devices is not suitable for refutation. It must be ensured that the hair loss is not due to another condition.
  • Relaxation of the mimic muscles and masticatory muscles of a male affected by pattern hair loss using muscle relaxants for a period of 6 to 12 months. If this measure has no effect on hair growth, the theory is refuted.