In this article we will talk about
Hair Loss, Hair Thinning & Make Pattern Baldness Prevention.
Many people experience changes to their hair at some point during their lives. 70% of men struggle with hair loss in comparison to 40% of women.
MPB is a hereditary trait and, contrary to popular opinion, you can inherit MPB from your mother’s side of the family as well as from your father’s. The primary gene responsible for MPB is located on the X chromosome, which is passed on by your mother. So even if your mother doesn’t suffer from MPB, she may still carry the gene and pass it on to you!
25% of men with male pattern baldness start experiencing the first signs of thinning before the age of 21 and by the age of 50, nearly 85% of men have experienced some sort of significant thinning.
Causes and manifestations differ from person to person. Your lifestyle choices, environment, hormonal- related conditions like thyroid problems (The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the neck, just below the larynx (Adam’s apple), which is responsible for secreting two hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones affects the natural cycle of our hair follicles) and genetics (Inherited traits from both or either sides of your family can make you more vulnerable to male or female pattern baldness) can all contribute to the hair thinning or loss process.
What Causes Hair Thinning Or Hair Loss In Men?
Many causes of hair loss and hair thinning are due to the interruption of the hair growth cycle, which has three phases – anagen (growth phase), catagen (follicle renewal) and telogen (resting). Hair normally sheds at the end of the telogen phase as a new hair pushes through, but a disrupted cycle could mean that hair sheds before new growth is fully ready2.
Heredity, underlying medical conditions, or environmental causes like stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices could all be reasons for hair thinning, and in some cases progressing to a partial loss of hair (e.g. a receding hairline) or even total loss of hair on the head.
Genetics is one of the main reasons for hair loss in men. If you have a family history of hair loss, it is possible that you will experience it too, and that fact holds true for both males and females. However, there are other reasons our hair thins or falls out, some of which we can control. Other causes include:
Hormonal changes, especially increases in dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the male sex hormone. DHT affects the hair follicles, making them produce smaller and shorter in length, until shrinking completely and not producing any more hairs3. Some hormonal changes may be age-related.
Extreme dieting and malnutrition – hair grows from inside the body, so if the body is not supplying the correct nutrients hair growth may be substandard.
Medical and genetic conditions such as alopecia areata (the medical term for losing more hair than is replenished, resulting in thinning or balding.
Occurring at any age, alopecia primarily affects the scalp and can sometimes disrupt hair growth on beards, eyebrows, eyelashes and other parts of the body) and male pattern baldness.
Medications and treatment used for diseases like arthritis and heart problems, and radiation for cancer patients
Environmental factors such as polluted air or water
Damage to the hair follicles through excessive straining (as with certain hairstyles) or harsh chemical treatments
Hair Loss Stages
Changes to the hair can happen quickly, or it can occur gradually over the years. Even though hair loss is associated with ageing, it can begin sooner – in some cases as early as 21 years of age.
The first thing you may notice is more hair falling out, or areas where your hair looks thinner than it used to:
Your hair is thinner. If you’re noticing thinner patches of hair, you may be in the early stages of hair loss – though thinning hair can in itself be a distressing change, even if you do not progress to hair loss. The crown area is one of the first areas where the hair starts to thin.
You notice a receding hairline. A change in hairline, whether slight or severe, can be a sign of hair loss. Hair usually begins thinning at the forehead or temples and moves towards the back of the scalp over time.
You see circular and patchy bald spots on your scalp. Coin-sized bald spots (or larger) are another way in which men experience hair loss.
If you are also experiencing an itchy scalp, this could be a sign of psoriasis, dermatitis, or another skin condition.
You see large clumps of hair falling out. You may notice large clumps of hair on your pillow when you wake up, while brushing it or when showering.
Hair Thinning & Hair Loss Treatment For Men
There are a number of different ways to treat thinning and hair loss, though unfortunately there is no cure and no treatment is 100% effective.
Firstly, if you’re losing hair talk to your doctor or trichologist to see if a medical condition could be the cause. During your visit, it’s also a good idea to review the list of medications you are on to see if any of them could be contributing factors – your doctor may be able to recommend alternative medication.
- You may want to try a different haircut and style to alleviate any strain on your roots, and to help hide light thinning.
- Help your hair look thicker with treatments such has Nioxin formulated to combat hair thinning by helping hair to grow as fully as possible through giving attention to the derma (scalp skin and environment), density (hair follicles producing hairs) and diameter (hair growing through fully and at maximum thickness, without frequent breakage).
- Medical interventions such as steroid injections or finasteride
- Surgical interventions such as hair transplants
Ways To Help Prevent Hair From Thinning
Living a healthy lifestyle can both to help prevent hair thinning in the first place, and will support healthy hair growth.
Eat a balanced diet high in vitamins and nutrients like biotin, iron, zinc, and Vitamin A. Avoid smoking cigarettes (some scientists believe cigarette smoke can harm hair follicles and damage hormones), get plenty of rest, and drink alcohol in moderation.
Try to keep your stress levels low, as stress can disrupt the hair growth cycle. Exercise, meditation, or relaxing with a good book are a few good ways to de-stress.
Use quality shampoo and conditioner with natural ingredients that will draw blood to the scalp such has rosemary and mint.
*Always refer to a professional before trying any treatment or medication!
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