The truth, why men go bald?
Male pattern baldness is a growing concern for men of all age groups.
I am no exception. I have thinning hair, and going bald is my worry for some time.
There are many ways to prevent this unfortunate event.
Imagine yourself at age 30 years old, and you start losing your hair. By the time you reach 40 years old, you are bald!
To help you recover new hair, keep the following treatments in mind.
What is baldness?
“Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. Typically at least the head is involved. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body.” – Wikipedia
The common type of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia or MPB, which accounts for 95% of male hair loss, as reported by the American Hair Loss Association.
You may assume hair loss is only an issue with older men. In reality, it affects both young and old alike.
Studies published by NIH state a high percentage of males are hairless between 40 and 49 years old.
Identifying Your Emotions
Some women don’t understand how devastating male pattern baldness is for men.
It is no surprise that this can develop into relationship problems between couples.
Many men with hair loss suffer in silence. They’re too embarrassed to talk about their condition with anyone else.
As a man, I understand and sympathize with any male facing this issue.
…. and Psychological Issues
When you start to lose your hair, you often feel like less of a man! If this feeling manifests itself, it will affect other areas of your life.
You may feel ashamed to go out in public or even to work. This may lead to using a hat to hide your baldness!
What is androgenic alopecia, how it happens, and who is susceptible?
Stress, reactions to medicine, and heredity are all factors that may induce hair loss in men.
If you have hereditary baldness, chances are you may end up with Dihdrotestosterone.
What is DHT?
Dihydrotestosterone is a chemical modified form of testosterone product in humans.
It’s found in the bloodstream, and used throughout your entire body to keep you looking young.
It also preserves muscle mass, bone density, pubic hair and male sex characteristics.
Once you have DHT in your blood, it can attach to receptors on your scalp and make your hair fall out.
Does balding come from father or mother’s side?
If your family has a history of male pattern baldness, you’re likely to get baldness. Baldness genes from both sides of your family are likely passed down to you too.
If this pattern causes hair follicles to shrink, the process will be more likely to happen again.
All it’s not lost, as you can consider available treatments.
What treatments and risk factors should you be aware of?
The first medication dermatologists often introduce are Finasteride, Minoxidil or Dutasteride. There are risks, including skin rashes, dermatitis, burning, edema, etc.
You may need to consult your doctor if you experience any adverse effects.
Natural therapy and lifestyle modification can help
It’s a good idea to learn about natural treatments, as they have little or no side effects. Such methods may also help improve, the quality of your hair.
If you decide to take this path, talk to a doctor before using natural therapy for your treatment.
I used essential oils such as Patchouli, Peppermint, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lemon and Sandalwood. They have kept my hair healthy.
Essential oils required significant lifestyle modifications to function exactly. My lifestyle change included a balanced diet, plenty of water and regular exercises.
If you decide to take this path, be patient, as results are a gradual process.
What is a transplant surgery? Is this for you?
A hair transplant is a process in which doctors remove healthy hairs from your back and sides of your head.
The healthy hair is then planted into areas of your scalp that show thinning hair.
Besides being costly, you may need a few procedures before you notice hair growth.
Other risks are general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, and other side-effects.
Use styling methods to disguise hair loss.
There are styling tricks that can make it less obvious when applied on thinning areas of your scalp.
For example, cutting long flowing locks short makes it easy to brush the hair over to cover a balding patch.
Another tip is using shampoos and conditioners designed to add volume to thinning hair.
Also, using wax, hair powder or even hair fiber can camouflage your receding hair line.
Don’t discount such tricks, as the end results may surprise you.
Consider using wigs (toupees) and hair pieces to conceal baldness.
There are many brands, styles and varieties available to suit your taste and budget.
Toupees or wigs are either synthetics or made from human hair. This could be suitable for you, but for some, wearing a hat to conceal baldness is a better option.
It is natural to fear that you may be bald when you reach 40 years old or earlier.
This is a worry, but there are many hair restoration treatments to prevent or hide baldness.
If you have thinning hair or a bald head, you might not want to change it.
You can still be happy with how you look, even if some of your hair is gone.
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- Studies uncover new approaches to combat hair loss in men and women – Columbia University
- AFP, Men’s Health – Male Baldness
- How close are we to a cure – Medical News Today
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