Hair loss. Two words that can make even the toughest of men shiver. Hair loss is damaging to a man’s confidence because a full head of hair usually signifies youth. Once a man starts losing his hair it can really knock his confidence.
Today we’re looking at some of the reasons why men lose their hair and if it can be stopped.
Genetics have an essential role in determining whether or not you will bald and if so, when are where it will occur.
There are three main patterns of balding that take place. The first starts at the temple and is called the anterior hairline. It then proceeds to move backwards. The second pattern is at the crown where it usually circles around in a whorl and spreads outwards. The third is found at the mid-frontal scalp and is usually most prominent in Asian men.
Hormones are the major cause of natural balding. Enzymes in male bodies convert testosterone into something called dihydrotestosterone. The amount of dihydrotestosterone is down to genetics but it is unknown whether the father’s genes or mother’s genes determine how many enzymes are produced. Scientists believe that Asian men have less of this enzyme in their hair, and people believe that this is why they can often keep their hair longer than Caucasian men.
Age is another key factor of balding. Hair loss can occur twenty per cent in your twenties, thirty per cent in your thirties and any time after puberty, so the older you get, the higher chance you have of losing your hair. This is also balanced out by the fact that as men reach forty, any hair loss is pretty stable and if occurring at all, tends to do so at a reduced and slower rate than younger men.
Stress can cause hair loss, but the good news is that this is rarely permanent. There are three different types of hair loss that are related to stress.
Alopecia Areata describes a sudden loss of large clumps of hair in areas around your scalp. Related to this is Telogen Effluvium, which is a condition where more hairs than normal prepare to fall out. Likewise, Trichotillomania is a habitual condition caused by stress and anxiety where the person pulls out hairs without realising it.
Your diet and how well you sleep can affect your hair loss. Your lifestyle is held responsible for a lot of bodily defences and functionalities. A good diet can help get your entire body healthier, including stronger hair.
Relying on junk food can lead to nutritional deficiencies, which may also contribute to baldness. Sleeping helps your body repair and regenerate overnight and it is essential to get as many hours of it as you can. The less sleep you have, the more stressed you may be. So it does connect with that element as well.
Although there are ways of slowing down the process of hair loss, these options do not restore or bring hair back. The hair transplant option is the only way to permanently restore lost follicles of hair. If you’re interested, you can contact us for a no obligation consultation where we can answer all of your hair loss questions.