What Is Male Pattern Balding?
Androgenetic alopecia–also known as male pattern baldness–is a form of hair loss that is caused by men’s genetics. Male pattern baldness often causes men to permanently lose some or all of their hair.
About 95 percent of men who lose their hair suffer from common male pattern baldness, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Men often start losing some of their hair by the time they are in their 20s and have thinning hair by age 50, according to the organization.
What Causes Hair Loss?
More than 95% of male hair loss is due to male-pattern baldness, a genetic trait. The gene can come from either parent. In other cases, certain medications, having too much vitamin A, or not getting enough protein can cause hair to fall out.
Dramatic shedding of hair known as telogen effluvium can be caused by illness or stress. In men, hair loss not due to male-pattern baldness often reverses itself.
Work to Keep the Hair You Have
Preventing hair loss is easier than replacing it once it’s gone. Adopting healthier lifestyle habits will always improve the appearance and might slow down the loss.
But topical formulations and an orally administered dietary supplements, laser treatments, and other methods can reverse hair loss and improve the overall appearance. If you want to find something that will work for you, do your homework.
The Hair Wellness Group offers an array of treatment options that are proven to be safe and effective.
What are the signs of Male-Pattern Baldness?
A tell-tale sign of male-pattern baldness is a receding, M-shaped hairline. Next, the hair on top of your head also starts to thin, leaving a bald spot. Eventually, the two meet, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides. Notice the diagram below.
Male-Pattern Baldness: Blame Hormones
With male-pattern baldness, a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes hair follicles to shrink. When men’s hair follicles shrink, their hair grows for a shorter period of time than normal. Eventually, the follicles shrink so much that no hair can grow in them. Notice the diagram to the left.
A Hair and Scalp Therapy Specialist identifies male pattern baldness by taking a medical history and completing a hair and scalp analysis and nutritional assessment, during which they look at the pace and location of a patient’s hair loss and determine what treatment option would best fit the clients’ needs.
Should You Wear a Hairpiece?
Hairpieces have come a long way in how they look. Finding the right one, though, takes time and study. There’s a wide range of cost and quality. When shopping, look to match your own hair color, thickness and curl.
Accentuate the Positive
Hair does not make the man. Remind yourself of all you have to offer others. Or take care of things you can control, such as staying in shape. It’s OK to look to others for support. If you need a boost, think of bald men (or those who shaved their heads) like Ed Harris, Patrick Stewart, and Michael Jordan, who ooze confidence. Then consider yourself in good company.
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