The American Hair Loss Association claims that a man will have some male pattern baldness by age 35. Even if you may not want to be among the majority of men dealing with the early stages of receding and thinning hair, it is consoling to know that you are not the only one.
You may take practical cures to stop or even reverse hair loss. Regardless of whether you are getting older and seeing more of your scalp than you would want or if you are younger and losing more hair in the shower each morning—there are steps you can take.
Understanding the causes of hair loss is necessary before we can grasp effective treatment alternatives.
Why Men lose their Hair
There are around 100,000 hairs on your head, and you will inevitably lose part of them daily. There is a good chance that hundreds of them will tumble out. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a daily loss of up to one hundred should not even be acause of concern. If, on the other hand, the numbers continue to be significantly higher than that threshold, it may be necessary to consult with a qualified medical practitioner.
The most common reason for individual hairs to fall out, even though there are many other reasons, is that the follicle has reached the end of its life cycle and can no longer produce new hair.
Each hair follicle has a normal complex life cycle that is made up of three phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. This causes daily hair loss.
Antage is the period of vigorous hair growth, which typically lasts two to eight years.
Catogen is a two- to three-week period of transitional hair growth
Two to twenty four months are spent in the resting period known as telogen, not even having a hair shaft. As the follicle exits telogen the new hairforms, with the resumpotion of the anagen phase.
What are the types of Hair Loss?
There are many distinct types of hair loss, and each may have a unique phase and cause for your hair. Depending on the type of hair loss you have, different treatments may be suggested for you and have varying degrees of success.
Involutional alopecia: Involutional alopecia is a normal disorder that causes age-related hair thinning. As more hair follicles enter the resting phase, the number of remaining hairs decreases.
Androgenic alopecia: Androgenic alopecia is a heritable disorder that can affect either gender. Male pattern baldness can cause a man to start losing his hair as early as his teens or early 20s. Its distinguishing characteristics include a receding hairline and progressive hair loss on the head’s front, outside in and crown, inside out.
Alopecia universalis: Is a form of Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease. Alopecia universalis causes the entire body’s hair to fall off, including the eyebrows, pubic hair, and eyelashes.
Trichotillomania: An obsessive compulsive disorder. Individuals with trichotillomania pulls, twirls or rips their hair out as a symptom of their anxieties. It most frequently affects children.
Anything that applies a constant tension on them such as tight braiding or pony tails, can potentially result in permanent hair loss.
Telogen effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a temporary balding of the scalp brought on by changes to the hair’s growth cycle as a response to significant stress. The stress may be emotional, as a divorce or death in the family, or physical as a hospitalization or severe illness. This hair loss is usually temporary lasting a few years, however a very small percentage of the patients can develop a chronic form of the disease.
Scarring alopecias: The medical terminology for permanent hair loss that is the result of localized scalp diseases. Inflammatory skin conditions like cellulitis, folliculitis, and acne, as well as other skin conditions like various types of lupus and lichen planus, frequently result in scarring.
What are effective Ways to Regrow Hair in men?
Numerous solutions that claim to be able to regrow hair are available on the market, and some of these treatments make claims about their efficacy that are more questionable than those made by other products. It would be inaccurate to say that some of them are unsuccessful in all circumstances because the necessary study still needs to be done.
The following treatments are now thought to be helpful based on the results of numerous properly controlled medical studies:
Eliminate Lifestyle Influences
Many lifestyle factors contribute to hair loss. Let’s say you believe that your meals cause hair loss. If this is the case, you might consider consuming fewer processed foods and more vitamins, particularly vitamins A, D, and biotin.
You might want to consider reducing stress-causing factors in your life. You should speak with someone and seek strategies to eliminate chronic stress from your daily pattern if the underlying factors appear more psychological, such as the fact that you are stressed.
You should talk to your physician if you discover that you are shedding too much hair, defined as more than 200 hairs a day. They can point you toward or recommend a mental health professional who can help you with your compulsions, behaviors and screen for medical causes of hair loss. If you discover that you are tearing your hair out, seek the counsel of a medical practitioner immediately.
Use Medications and Supplements
The most prevalent and efficient medical therapies, such as finasteride and minoxidil, are applied or taken orally.
DHT (the hormone that causes hair loss in androgenic alopecia) is reduced when finasteride is used.
It has been demonstrated that consistent use of finasteride can reduce DHT levels by about 70%. The progression of male pattern baldness can be stopped or slowed down with this DHT decrease. One must reduce the serum DHT level by at least 48% to see a hair response.
Research has demonstrated that applying topical minoxidil for a 48-week period results in an increase of 12.7% to 18.6% in the total hair count, even if the precise mechanism by which topical minoxidil heals hair loss is not entirely understood.
If you have thinning hair, using minoxidil may give your hair the appearance of fullness it has been missing. This is particularly valid if your hair is thin. Having a physician prescribe low dose oral minoxidil works very well, probably because it is easier to take a pill than apply the product twice a day to the scalp.
Popular dietary supplement saw palmetto, which has been shown to minimally reduce DHT levels, is unlikely to be effective. Most saw palmetto products only reduce the DHT by 10 or 15%.
Biotin is lauded as hair growth aid, and it is indeed true that Biotin deficiency can cause hair loss, but that requires an extreme deficiency, and one would have memory loss and peripheral nerve symptoms long before hair loss.
The results that can be obtained with the numerous alternative techniques and equipment for hair regrowth are somewhat restricted.
Only a few mechanical devices have been tested, including helmets, electric scalp massagers, have yet to show much effectiveness. Laser Combs have been studied in a controlled medical environment, and have been shown to be nearly as effective as minoxidil at slowing loss and regrowing hair.
Hair transplants are still the most reliable and effective treatment for hair loss. Hair transplants are a surgical treatment that relocates the patient’s own hair to restore hair to balding areas of the scalp. This surgery is performed on men. Donor hair can be harvested from the back and sides of the scalp. This hair does not experience natural thinning or balding since its genetic material is resistant to DHT, so the result is permanent.
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After the hair transplant process, you will have complete freedom to do whatever you want with your hair in terms of styling, washing, and cutting. Your newly transplanted hair will not be harmed in any way that is distinct from the other hairs on your scalp, and it will be able to offer you the confidence you desire.
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