As many as 85% of all men will experience thinning or balding before the age of 50.
Even though male pattern baldness is widespread, no man chooses to experience hair loss. When men lose their hair, it can negatively affect their lives, including their relationships, careers and confidence. What many men may not realize is that they have options, no matter how much hair they've lost. Get the facts so you can make the right decision when it comes to restoring your hair.
REASONS MEN LOSE THEIR HAIR
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
Science has learned the root causes of hair loss. Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is hereditary. It's the most common reason men lose their hair. In the initial stages, men often notice a receding hairline beginning at the temples or thinning at the crown. As the condition progresses, the hairline recedes to the point where it meets the bald spot at the crown. Eventually, all that remains is a horseshoe-shaped pattern of hair around the sides and back of the head.
Men experiencing this condition have inherited hair follicles that are sensitive to a hormone, which causes the follicles to miniaturize over time, producing thinner and less dense hair. Ultimately, the follicles will stop producing healthy hairs and grow only miniaturized hairs that are nearly invisible to the human eye (like peach fuzz). This type of hair loss is progressive, and it can begin at puberty, so early intervention is essential. Fortunately, HairClub has made great strides on its journey to helping men regain the hair they love. The sooner you act, the more options you may have.
More Causes of Hair Loss in Men
Other contributing factors include:
- Age: Aging can cause hair to thin. Over time, an increased number of hairs transition into the resting phase of hair growth while remaining hairs become shorter and thinner. This process is called involutional alopecia.
- Diseases: Numerous medical conditions can cause hair loss, including thyroid disease and autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
- Cancer Treatment: Some chemotherapies and radiation therapies can cause your hair to fall out.
- Prescription Drugs: Certain medications can lead to hair loss, including blood thinners, birth control, and medicines for heart problems, blood pressure, and depression.
- Diet and Nutrition: A lack of protein and iron in your diet can contribute to hair loss, as can eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia.
- Stress: The trauma surrounding life events such as the loss of a loved one can cause hair to fall out.
- Scarring: Scars left from accidents, burns, and surgery can prevent hair from growing.
For informational purposes only. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.
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The Hamilton-Norwood Scale
Experts often refer to the Hamilton-Norwood Scale to help men understand the progression of male pattern baldness. This scale groups men’s hair loss into seven classes from the least amount of hair loss to the most.
There is minimal or no recession of the hairline. At this stage, you should monitor your hair regularly for any signs of thinning.
The initial signs of hair loss are becoming more visible. The hairline starts to recede, typically in symmetrical triangular shapes near the temples, like an “M” shape.
There is deep symmetrical hair loss at the temples, which may be bare or sparsely covered with hair. At this stage, the hair also begins to thin at the crown.
Hair loss in the frontal region and at the temples becomes more severe. Additional thinning is visible near the hairline and thinning at the crown becomes more pronounced. A moderately thin band of hair separates the two areas of hair loss.
There is still a visible separation between hair loss in the front and at the crown. However, the divide is becoming narrower. A “horseshoe” shape of remaining hair at the sides and back of the head is beginning to form.
More severe hair loss is clearly visible, as the hair separating the crown and the front temporal region is nearly gone with only sparse hair remaining.
This is the most severe form of hair loss. There is a complete loss of hair in the front, temporal and crown regions. The “horseshoe” shape of hair is all that remains, and the hair remaining may be less dense than it was previously.
A: While there is no definitive way to determine how much hair loss a person will experience, male pattern baldness is almost always progressive. However, the sooner you act, the more options you have in preventing future hair loss and regaining hair already lost.
A: If you are experiencing hair loss, don't wait. Schedule an appointment with a hair loss expert right away. In many cases, hair loss is progressive, so the earlier you act, the more options you have available.
A: Regardless of how much hair you've lost, there are options to regain a full head of hair. These options include:
- Treatment: Hair loss treatment solutions are non-surgical options that have been shown to regrow hair.
- Replacement: Hair replacement is the process of fitting new hair to areas that have thin or no hair.
- Restoration: Hair restoration is the surgical transplantation of hair from one area to another.
A: The short answer is yes. Hair regrowth treatments such as FDA-approved Minoxidil and low-level laser light therapy have been clinically proven to regrow hair. However, before you run out and self-diagnose and self-treat, it is crucial you meet with a hair loss expert who can help determine the best course of action for you.
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