Hair Loss and Its Causes

Hair loss among men is common. What’s worse, this gradually turns one’s head to bald, which is sometimes unattractive. Treatment is readily available in case you suffer from such, but before we introduce these treatments, let us acquaint ourselves more about hair loss.

What is male hair loss?

Male hair loss is the most common type of hair loss. It is also known as male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. The bald spots that often result from this can appear unattractive (especially if the spot is on the top of the head).

The condition usually starts in men aged 20 to 30 and follows a typical pattern. It begins from the development of a receding hairline and gradually the hair on top of the head also becomes thin. Eventually, these two balding spots meet to make a U-shape around the back and sides of the head. The remaining hair is finer and does not grow as quickly as it used to.

What causes hair loss?

Normally, about 10 percent of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase at any one time. After two to three months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place. However, some people may experience excessive hair loss.

Research shows that some men have areas on the scalp that are very sensitive to the male sex hormones that circulate in men’s blood. These hormones (particularly androgens) make the hair follicles-where hair grows-shrink. In time, the follicles become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs. However, these shrunken follicles are still alive, but are no longer able to perform their task.

Other reasons for hair loss include stress and recovery from illness or surgery, both of which are only temporary. Certain medicines such as anticoagulants (blood thinners) and even overdoses of vitamin A can also cause hair loss. Also, some hair styles such as cornrows and hair treatments such as hot oil and perms may cause inflammation of the hair follicle, causing scarring and hair loss

Can I prevent hair loss?

Male hair loss is genetic and natural. If your father (or even your mother) suffers from hair loss, you are then most likely to have one.

What should I do when I’m beginning to get bald?

People react to hair loss differently. Some try to hide the bald spot by combing over it or camouflaging it with toupees or wigs. Others opt for hair surgery, while some just leave their bald spot at that.

In recent times, some men shave their head completely bald in the event of hair loss. Not only this has become fashionable, it can also be attractive among women.

However, if you still want a full head of hair, you can also try to treat your baldness using different scientific methods. Although a doctor may recommend some treatment, this may have side effects.

How is hair loss treated?

Gaining your hair back to its youthful look is not easy, and it is not cheap either.

One way of treating your hair is through medication such as minoxidil lotion, which is applied twice daily to the scalp. Although 60% of users had positive results, the effects start to wear off as soon as you stop applying the lotion.

Meanwhile, another known medication is finasteride, an anti-androgen tablet that is taken internally. Originally developed for men with benign prostatic hypertrophy, its side effect of halting hair loss has proved beneficial after three to six months of high dosages. It is only available on prescription and continuous treatment is needed to sustain the improvement of hair growth.

Another option in treating hair loss is through plastic surgery. This could be the only reliable way to regain your hair. You can choose from different methods ranging from hair transplant, scalp reduction, and flap surgery.

If your hair loss is determined to have cause by medication, ask your doctor to prescribe other medicines.