Shampooing alone is unlikely to cause thinning of the scalp or contribute to male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). In fact, keeping the scalp and hair clean and healthy through regular shampooing can actually help to maintain healthy hair growth.
Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition that is primarily caused by an increased sensitivity of hair follicles to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT can cause hair follicles to shrink and produce thinner and shorter hairs, leading to a gradual thinning of the scalp over time.
While shampooing itself is not a direct cause of male pattern baldness, some harsh shampoos or improper washing techniques can cause damage to the hair and scalp, which may contribute to hair loss or thinning. For example, excessive rubbing or tugging on the hair or scalp, using hot water, or using shampoos that contain harsh detergents or chemicals can damage hair follicles and contribute to hair loss.
To help maintain healthy hair growth and prevent further hair loss, it's important to use a gentle, pH-balanced shampoo that is appropriate for your hair type, and to avoid harsh washing techniques such as excessive rubbing or tugging. It's also a good idea to avoid using hot water, as it can strip the hair and scalp of natural oils and cause dryness and damage. Additionally, there are various medical treatments available for male pattern baldness, including medications that can help to block the effects of DHT and promote hair growth. It's recommended to talk to a healthcare provider or dermatologist for more information on these options.