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Hair loss is a huge subject, with many different types of hair loss and many different causes sometimes it can become quite confusing to work out what exactly is causing your hair loss. Today we’re focusing on male hair loss, what can cause it, and potential treatments.

Types of male hair loss

As previously mentioned there are many different types of hair loss that a man can experience in life. Each type of hair loss is different, some can be permanent, others temporary. Today we’re going to be looking into the most common types of male hair loss and discuss potential treatments for hair loss.

Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness (Androgentic Alopecia) is the most common type of hair loss that can affect both men and women. It is thought that male pattern baldness will affect up to 70% of men and 40% of women in their lifetime. Male pattern baldness causes hair loss as a result of hair follicles shrinking due to the effects of androgenic hormones.

Two hormones, testosterone and dihydrotesterone (DHT) are involved in the process of male pattern hair loss. The hormones break down the growth cycle and over time shorten it, however, the shedding stage of the hair cycle remains the same. This results in you losing hair faster than it can grow. There is currently no cure for male pattern baldness, however, treatments such as hair transplants can be used to restore the hair.

Non-Pattern Hair Loss

There are many different types of hair loss that fall into the non-pattern hair loss category, non-pattern hair loss is more common in women, however, it can still affect men. The most common causes include;

Diet: Just as having a healthy balanced diet is good for the body, it’s good for the hair too. Diet and hair loss are closely linked, certain foods can help keep your hair in good condition and remain healthy and in contrast, there are certain foods that are linked to hair loss.

It is important to ensure you’re eating a balanced diet to help keep both your body and hair as healthy as possible. Hair loss related to diet is something that can be fixed easily, with no treatment required.

Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that results in patchy hair loss and can cause thinning hair to extensive areas of baldness. Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that will need a medical examination to be diagnosed and there is currently no cure for it.

Stress: Stress is a part of everyday life and it can actually lead to temporary hair loss. When our body feels a lot of stress, physical or mental, it can affect the hair follicles. The growth phase of the hair cycle stops, and the hair will shed after a few months. Once the stress stops, the hair will continue its normal growth phase.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium is a type of hair loss that happens when an increased number of hair follicles enter the resting stage of the hair growth cycle. This can be caused by thyroid abnormalities, medications (such as some for blood pressure and gout), stress related hair loss and diet can also fall under the telogen effluvium category.

Hair loss treatments

Some types of hair loss such as male pattern baldness do not have a cure, which means you will not be able to stop the hair loss from happening. However, there are hair restoration treatments that can work to disguises hair loss and produce the look of a full head or natural looking hair again.

At the Harley Street Hair Clinic, we offer hair restoration treatments such as our revolutionary FUE hair transplant procedure and Advanced Tricho Pigmentation. Although our treatments cannot cure hair loss they can both work towards giving you the appearance of a full head of hair again.

If you would like more information on hair loss or any of our hair restoration treatments please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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