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A Complete Guide on Hair Loss in Men

Hair loss in men is characterized by significant hair loss leading to patchy bald spots, thinner hair, a receding hairline and even a bald scalp. Generally, humans shed 50 to 100 strands of hair per day and grow new hair simultaneously such that the shedding is not noticeable. However, this is only possible with active hair follicles. Hair loss happens when a person sheds more than they can grow back.

 

Hair loss affects many men. About two-thirds of men lose hair as they age. One in every two men suffer significant hair loss by middle age. However, bald men typically start experiencing signs of hair loss as early as the age of 21. In such cases, you should seek the help of an experienced dermatologist to diagnose and treat the problem if possible.




Hair Loss Diagnosis and Tests

There are many ways to diagnose and test for signs of hair loss. Your dermatologist will pull some of your hair to see how easily they come out, then test your blood tests for hormone levels and minerals such as zinc, iron, and vitamins B and D.

 

They'll also examine your scalp under a microscope and even remove a small piece of the skin for examination. Expect to answer some questions to help the expert determine the cause of your condition and the type of hair loss.

 

What Causes Hair Loss in Men?

As mentioned, hair loss affects at least half of all men halfway through the average lifespan. There are many different causes of hair loss in men, including but not limited to:

 

Genetics

Genes can be a blessing, a curse or both. While you might inherit that strong jawline from your parents, you may also get some of the bad genes, like the ones that cause members of your family to go bald by a certain age.

 

This typically starts at the temples with slow but steady regression of the hairline. Then, at some point, the hair on the crown starts to thin. The bald patches on the crown and the temple progress slowly and finally meet in the middle, leading to baldness at the top of the scalp.

 

In the end, one is left with a rim of hair around the ears and back of the head only a.k.a male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia.

 

Changes in Medication and Hormones

Men undergo different hormonal changes as they age. Some of these hormonal changes involve testosterone, androgens, thyroid and dihydrotestosterone, and testosterone. Imbalances in these hormones are typically associated with hair loss.

 

Additionally, some men suffer from medical conditions and infections such as ringworms and alopecia areata, which generally cause hair loss. 

 

Supplements and Medications

Taking certain medications and treatments puts one at risk of hair loss. For example, it's common to lose hair following chemotherapy or when using specific acne, arthritis, gout, high blood pressure or depression medication.

 

Lifestyle

Hair loss is typically associated with certain lifestyle habits, too, including a high intake of mercury-rich fish, alcohol, raw egg whites, dairy products, tobacco and refined sugar and carbs. Certain lifestyles also increase stress and mental conditions such as anxiety, which can result in hair pulling (trichotillomania).

 

Bad Hair Styling Practices

Bad hair styling practices such as tight hairstyles such as braids, cornrows, or ponytails pull the roots, resulting in damaged follicles and permanent hair loss, known as traction alopecia.



Common Symptoms of Hair Loss in Men

●      Patch baldness

●      Trichotillomania (hair pulling due to anxiety)

●      Receding hairline around the temples

●      Thinning hair on the crown

 

Types of Hair Loss in Men

●      Androgenic alopecia, aka male pattern baldness

●      Alopecia areata (patchy baldness due to ringworms and other diseases)

●      Traction alopecia

●      Frontal fibrosing alopecia (receding hairline)

 

Which Men Are at Risk for Hair Loss

As mentioned already, hair loss can affect any male person, including boys and men.

However, certain factors make some men more susceptible to going bald than others. These include:

 

●      Genetics (family history of baldness in one of your parent's lineages)

●      Stress

●      Age

●      Poor nutrition

●      Smoking and alcohol

●      Chemotherapy

●      Certain medications and supplements, including those for treating blood pressure, diabetes, acne, and depression

●      Thyroid condition

●      Significant weight loss

 

Hair Loss Prevention

Depending on your diagnosis and prognosis, there may be hope for you to stop the condition and get back your hair. Indeed, it's totally possible to prevent hair loss that's not a result of genetics. Here's a look:

 

Avoid Bad Hair Styling Practices

Human hair can only take so much stress and chemicals. Gentleness is key when dealing with hair. Avoid rubbing your hair too much when wet; a little damp hair won't kill you. Apply detangler to eliminate knots and comb with a wide-toothed comb without tugging. 

 

Moreover, stay away from dandruff-encouraging products such as heavy gels, pomades and clays and follicle-damaging treatments such as hot oils, rollers, and curling irons. Try spray waxes and mousse to plump up your hair and make it look thicker. If you’d like to try braids, pigtails or cornrows, opt for loose ones to avoid putting your hair in too much tension.

 

Use Medication and Supplements

In case of hair loss due to insufficient nutrients or hormonal imbalance, your doctor may recommend a daily supplement of biotin, multivitamins, and zinc to remedy the condition.

 

Avoid Tobacco

Smoking generates free radicals that plague hair follicles, leading to hair loss. If you are experiencing this condition, quit tobacco to give your hair a break.

 

Use a Cooling Cap When Undergoing Chemo

Chemo drugs are used to attack rapidly growing cancer cells, but the side effect is that they attack hair roots, too. However, research shows that cooling the scalp during chemo constricts blood vessels, reducing chemo flow to hair follicles. Use this solution to reduce hair loss when undergoing treatment.

 



Laser Growth Therapy

LTG is an FDA-approved non-surgical hair follicle stimulation using lengths ranging from infrared to red. It activates scalp cells, resulting in increased blood flow and hair follicle repair and regeneration. LTG produces positive results in 83% of users.

 

You can even combine LTG with other FDA-approved medications and topics such as finasteride and minoxidil to give your hair comprehensive treatment. Finasteride restricts the conversion of testosterone to harmful DHT, while minoxidil is a vasodilator that increases blood flow to hair roots. However, consult with a doctor first before using finasteride. A doctor can help determine if the medication is safe for you.

 

Wrap-up

Hair loss is a common problem in men, especially those above the age of 50. That said, it’s typically for bald men to start shedding in their 20s. Hair loss risk factors include genetics, stress, poor diet, smoking, poor hairstyling practices and certain medications and treatments.

 

It's always wise to treat your hair gently. We provide two fantastic hair loss treatment products you can try with the above-mentioned solutions. Our product is the Rootique IntelliMist device; this one-handed device breaks down hair tonics into easy-to-absorb macromolecules and delivers them straight to the roots.

 

The other device is the DUO 660nm red light therapy device, designed to stimulate radiant hair growth. Feel free to check out these products on our website, and if you need more information before buying, we'll be happy to provide further chat.

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