Causes Of Hair Loss Understanding hair loss and its causes
Welcome to our resource center on dealing with hair loss. We’ll be looking at every aspect of hair loss, including the treatments that are available and ways you can build confidence when you are dealing with hair loss. First, let’s look at what causes hair loss to occur.
What causes hair loss in men?
In the vast majority of cases, balding in men is hereditary and caused by an increase in the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Your hair follicles are very sensitive to DHT and when enough of it is produced in the body, it will cause your hair follicles to shrink and your hair to thin out.
Types of hair loss
Although the root cause of hereditary balding (also called male pattern balding) is the same, not all men will have the same type of balding. Because everyone has a unique biological makeup, the rate at which men lose hair varies, as does the type of balding pattern they suffer from. Below are the three main types of hair loss seen in men.
Thinning at the crown – This is a very common type of male pattern baldness and is quite self-explanatory. Men who have thinning at the crown often don’t notice their baldness pattern until it’s fairly advanced. This makes sense, since it’s out of sight and only becomes noticeable once it’s progressed considerably.
Receding hairline – Another common form of male pattern balding is a receding hairline. This is when the hair recedes at the temples and creates a V shape many men don’t find desirable. A receding hairline is usually considered to be more difficult to treat than thinning at the crown, although a lot of guys have had success with regrowing hair in this area.
Diffuse thinning – Diffuse thinning is a type of male pattern balding that isn’t focused on one specific part of the scalp. Instead, hair thins all over at a steady rate. That being said, the hair on the back and sides of the scalp remains unaffected in most cases, as this hair is genetically programmed to be permanent.
Is hair loss always hereditary?
Although the majority of cases of hair loss in men are hereditary, there are other things that can cause it. Alopecia, for example, is a condition that can cause total or partial hair loss even in children and is not related to male pattern balding.
Things such as extreme stress and trauma can also lead to balding, though in most cases this is temporary and the hair does grow back after a period of time.
The three main options for those dealing with hair loss
If you’ve noticed your hair is thinning, you may be wondering what you can do to slow the progress of your hair loss. The good news is that nowadays there are viable options for tackling hair loss effectively.
- Hair loss medication
Considering how big of a subject hair loss is in our society, it’s amazing how many people are not aware of the proven treatments that are now available. Although these treatments don’t work for everybody and have varying efficacy rates, they are proven to be effective for the majority of guys who try them and have been approved by the FDA.
The two main treatments that are proven to work are finasteride and minoxidil. You’ll probably recognize them better by their brand names – Propecia and Rogaine. Both of these treatments are ongoing and must be applied topically or taken orally once a day to maintain results.
- Hair transplant
If you have tried treatments and they haven’t been successful, or if your hair loss is quite severe, your next option is a hair transplant. Many people still have a negative view of hair transplants, mostly because of misinformation through the media or because they aren’t aware of the advancements that have been made.
Modern hair transplants are carried out using very refined methods wherein individual hair follicles get extracted from the back of the patient’s head and transplanted one by one. This allows for natural-looking and long-lasting results.
- Concealing products
If for whatever reason you don’t want to take treatments or get a hair transplant, you do have a third option: concealing your hair loss. Traditionally, the only way to conceal your hair loss has been by wearing a hairpiece, but there are now other options.
Hair fibres are one of the most popular types of concealing products, and when applied to your scalp, will cling to your existing hair to give it a thicker and fuller appearance. Hair fibres are made by several companies and come in a wide range of colours so you can pick one to match your natural hair colour.
Ways to build confidence
If you’ve been following along up to now, you’re much better informed than most people when it comes to the subject of hair loss, treatments and hair transplants. In this final section, we’re going to look at ways you can build confidence when dealing with hair loss.
Often, men react negatively to hair loss because it often severely impacts their confidence. It may make them feel insecure about how they look and bring a fear of judgement from other people.
Depending on how severe your hair loss is and how well you respond to treatments, you may or may not be able to stave off your hair loss. Whatever the case, one of the best things you can do to deal with it is by doing other things that build your confidence. With this in mind, below are some reliable ways to build confidence.
- Get in great shape
This one is somewhat of a cliché, but for good reason – it actually works! Getting in great physical shape isn’t just about changing the way you look; it’s about pushing yourself to your limits and giving yourself more energy and vitality.
Getting in great shape means having a focused, goal-driven plan as well as feeding your body the right types of food. Your goal might be to train for a marathon, or to be able to double the amount of weight you can lift. Whatever the case, you should have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and make it a priority to get there. Hiring a personal trainer is never a bad idea, since they can give you the right training and diet advice to accomplish your goals, as well as keeping you motivated.
- Dress better
It’s amazing how much of an impact dressing well can have on your confidence. A lot of guys just wear what’s comfortable and don’t put too much thought into how they dress. If losing your hair is causing you to be self-conscious about your appearance, one of the best things you can do to build confidence is put an effort into how you dress.
Dressing well doesn’t mean having to spend a lot of money on designer labels. It simply means getting clothes that look smart, are color-coordinated and suit your style. Get the advice of friends and family if you’re not sure what type of clothes suit you best.
- Focus on accomplishing your goals
The previous two methods are somewhat focused on vanity, but this one is all about improving self-esteem through accomplishment. It’s important to remind yourself your hair isn’t the be-all and end-all. That’s not to diminish the impact it can have on your confidence, but there are more important things in life. Most of us have goals we’ve wanted to achieve for a long time. These goals could be related to fitness, money, career, travel, etc. Whatever the case may be, focus on your most important goals and work on making them a reality.
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