Hair loss in men is a common condition, and medically speaking most circumstances fall in the category of male pattern baldness. Genetics plays a role in this hair loss condition, so a particular onset age is difficult to predict. Some men begin to experience hair loss in their teens or 20’s, while others may not experience the symptoms till later in life. By most accounts, at least half of the male population will experience some extent of male pattern baldness over the age of 50.
The symptoms of male pattern baldness are fairly simple to see. They include:
– Usually begins at the front of the scalp (hairline) with a receding
– Typically forms an “M” shape, with the areas around the temples receding farther back than the frontal area
– Eventually the hair loss forms a “horseshoe” appearance, which is indicative of the final stages
– Not all cases recede the same. Some men develop a “half moon” pattern, with no frontal area remaining. In essence, the middle and sides recede creating the “C” type shape, with the frontal section of hair receding the most
– Some men bald at the crown, with a bald spot on the top and towards the back of their head. This can occur before the frontal balding, concurrently, or after
The most common causes of hair loss in men are family history of hair loss (genetics) and a male hormones called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT which fights the hair follicles on your head.
While it is easy to see that there are two apparent causes of male pattern baldness, it is important to get a better understanding of why it is that hair will not grow when this condition sets in. Granted, there are some circumstances that hair loss cannot be attributed to this condition. Serious medical conditions certainly have symptoms that include hair loss. We will be focusing our attention on male pattern hair loss. Once a better understanding of the problem is gained, the potential solution will make more sense.
On our head are tiny little holes called follicles. This is where hair grows, each strand of hair has its own follicle. Over time these follicles can shrink, thus making it difficult for hair to grow. As the follicle shrinks, our hair gets finer and shorter. At some point hair ceases to grow at the follicle. Of interest to note is that even though the follicles have shrunk, they do not necessarily go away.
Is there a way to rejuvenate these hair follicles so as to increase the size of the holes and promote hair growth? Is it possible to slow down and or prevent hair loss in men?
The answer is Yes!
A while back a drug was used to treat extremely high blood pressure, called Minoxidil. What was discovered in some female patients that took this medication is that they began to grow hair in alarming amounts. The intention of the drug (when taken orally) was to widen smaller arteries in the body thereby causing a decrease in the resistance of blood flow. Well, since it caused this hair growth in women, and men suffer from hair loss at a high rate, could this work for that problem?
Happily for the male population, a topical form of Minoxidil became available from drug manufacturers. The topical form can be used by men for hair loss prevention and growth without the arterial dilation of the oral form.
The apparent benefit of this topical drug is in the widening of the hair follicle, which in turn promotes hair growth. The hair can then grow wider and longer. That is, why it was so important to dive a little deeper into the causes of hair loss in men, so that you can understand at a deeper level why Minoxidil has proven so successful in the prevention and potential regrowth of hair in men. Learn more about how Minoxidil.
– Hair Loss Shampoo
– Vitamin and mineral can play an important role in preventing hair loss. Many people don’t eat nutrient-rich foods due to lifestyle and workload. Vitamin deficiencies are one of common causes of hair loss. To have healthy hair growth, you need to consume enough vitamin A, B, C, D, iron, magnesium, zinc, amino acids. If your cannot get enough of these vitamins and minerals from diet, you may consider to take hair growth supplements.
– Your diet, along the lines of vitamins and minerals, plays a pivotal role not only in your overall health but also your hair and scalp’s health. Learn more about foods that support hair growth.
– Scalp massage is a effective home remedy for hair loss. Scalp massages can increase your hair growing phase by encouraging circulation to hair follicles. As a result, your hair is receiving the essential nutrients necessary for growth.
– Proper rest and stress reductionf
While this list is not fully inclusive, it is a great beginning to gauge your current habits and look at areas that should be changed. Hair loss affects many areas of the male lifestyle, in fact many men have left their careers as a direct result of their going bald. With the advents in medical research and the experience of those who have come before, you can take solace in knowing that you are not alone and there are reasonable solutions to your hair loss!