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Treatments and solutions to hair loss in men

Treatments and solutions to hair loss in men

Hair loss really is a common problem as around eighty five percent of men will probably experience some major hair thinning by the time they hit their fiftieth birthday. Some men even start to lose their hair before they hit their early twenties.

There are some theories as to what can cause balding such as wearing a hat can make you go bald. Well the answer to that is no it cannot. Neither will combing, brushing or styling your hair. You simply need to be gentle so you avoid breaking the hair strands.

However, there is a known link between smoking and how fast male pattern baldness can get worse. So this is another good reason to give up smoking.

Hair loss and health

Hair loss will not usually signal a medical problem. But the effects it can have on your mood and self esteem are well documented and this in turn can affect your overall wellbeing.

What causes hair loss

Almost all hair loss in men is a result fof male pattern baldness. This is a genetic trait that you inherit from your parents. Other causes include some medications, too much vitamin A, or not enough protein. Illness or stress can lead to sudden and heavy hair loss, this is known as telogen effluvium. On the upside, hair loss other than male pattern baldness often reverses itself.

If you are experiencing hair loss, just be careful about claims made by some manufacturers about some miracle treatment, as these are most likely to be scams designed to relieve you of your money while your hair line still continues to recede. are shams. Should you need any advice, The Hair Clinic are always on hand to help.

What medications can work?

While there is no known cure for male pattern baldness, some medications can slow it down. Minoxidil is an approved treatment you can apply to your scalp. It slows the rate of loss and helps some individuals grow new hair. But once you stop using it, the hair loss will return.

What does male pattern baldness look like?

A receding hairline at the front is usually the first sign of it. Next, the hair on top of your head starts to thin out, often near the back of the head, leaving a bald spot. Eventually, the two thinning areas will meet and you are left with just hair around the sides.

Why does the sides and back not shed hair?

The simple answer is that some hair is susceptible to DHT hormones and some are not. DHT is short for Dihydrotestosterone.

When you are conceived, you inherit a group of hair follicles from either side of your parents. This pattern is with you from the start onwards. The pattern defines not only hair colour and texture, but also which areas of the scalp are prone to DHT effects.

We now know that hair on the back and sides would almost never be susceptible to DHT because they dont carry the receptors for it. Other areas would have such receptors, depending on the pattern you would have inherited.

So, once a man reaches puberty, DHT production kicks in. The follicles susceptible to it will graduallybe affected and this alters the normal hair cycle in these follicles. This eventually leads to longer resting stages and hair shedding.

Medication to help with DHT production

The prescription pill called Finasteride slows down the production of the DHT hormone. Some men have been able to grow new hair while taking it. Many experts think it works better than minoxidil. This drug must never be taken by pregnant women, as it can cause birth defects in males babies. Much the same as minoxidil, it works only while the subject is using it.

Hair transplants

The Hair Clinic can move healthy hair from the back and side of your head to the top. After a couple of months, you will shed most of what the surgeon has moved, but fear not, new strands will grow back. It should start to look normal within about six months.

What else can be done to deal with hair loss

Try cutting thinning hair short, a comb over just highlights thinning hair. Some shampoos, conditioners, and styling products can add volume to what you do have. Also, eat a balanced diet, and be gentle with styling techniques.

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Further Information

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