It’s emotionally difficult for both men and women when they begin to lose their hair. Although most people who have a full head of hair naturally assume that only women are upset about it, the truth is that men can also go through periods of intense low self-esteem because they don’t feel that they are aging well and as attractive as before.

While there are a number of reasons for hair loss, the most common one is genetic hair loss. The scientific name for this is androgenetic alopecia, but the commonly used name is Male Pattern Baldness.

Hair loss is caused by DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is a testosterone byproduct. Hair follicles shrink once DHT attaches to these follicles. Initially, this causes hair to thin, but eventually it results in baldness. Fortunately, there are now scientific-based solutions to reverse hair loss and grow hair back.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hair Loss

Here are some questions people often have about their hair loss:

1. How do I know if I’m losing my hair?

It may seem like the answer would be obvious, but it’s actually a good question because most men aren’t aware of hair loss until it’s fairly advanced. They may go into denial because they miss what is obvious to others or they dismiss small signs of hair loss because the process is a slow one.

Here are some symptoms of hair loss:

·  There are no bald spots, but hair is less thick and luxurious. It also gets increasingly thinner in time.
·  People start to tell you about it.
·  You have hair on your pillow, in the shower, and when you comb your hair. While some hair loss happens all the time, hair loss is more than before.
·  Small bald spots appear to get larger over time.

2. How can I have male pattern baldness when neither my father nor my grandfather ever went bald?

When people experience Male Pattern Baldness, they assume it’s from their father’s side of the family. But this type of hair loss can come from either the mother or father’s side of the family. So even if your father or grandfather always had a thick, full head of hair, you could get it from your mother’s side of the family.

3. How do I know if the hair loss is due to genetic reasons or something else?

Male Pattern Baldness has distinctive features. The hair loss on the top could be vertex thinning, a receding hairline, or a thinning crown. The way to identify if your hair loss is due to male pattern baldness is to check the Norwood Scale to see if your hair loss fits into any of the patterns shown. If it doesn’t, then your hair loss could be due to other reasons.

4. What should I do about my hair loss?

Since hair loss causes much psychological distress like a sudden drop in self-esteem, self-consciousness, depression, or anxiety, it’s important to seek help for the emotional elements of hair loss rather than go into denial or become overwhelmed by it. While a simple remedy for men has been to shave off their head, trim the sides to make their hair loss look less dramatic, or buy a wig, there are also scientific ways of treating hair loss. So the best way to deal with hair loss is not to go into denial, but to work on both psychological healing and investigating possible solutions.  

5. What is involved in hair surgery?

Here is what the Mayo Clinic says about surgery:

“During this procedure, your surgeon removes tiny plugs of skin, each containing a few hairs, from the back or sides of your scalp. He or she then implants the plugs into the bald sections of your scalp. You may be asked to take a hair loss medication before and after surgery to improve results. Surgical procedures to treat baldness are expensive and can be painful. Possible risks include infection and scarring.”

Different Types of Hair Loss

The most common type of hair loss is Male Pattern Baldness (androgenetic alopecia), but there are other types, too:

·  Female Pattern Hair Loss (androgenetic alopecia) also involves vertex thinning, a receding hairline, or a thinning crown. Often this is harder to notice because when men start to lose their hair, they trim hair all over their head while women grow out the hair on the sides to create enough hair length to brush it over their thinning areas.
·  Alopecia Areata. Here there are sudden bald patches and this can lead to total hair loss on their scalp and their body. The hair loss is in patches, and it’s often circular in shape. It can also appear anywhere on the head, not just the top as in androgenetic alopecia.
·  Alopecia Totalis is a result of an autoimmune condition. In this instance, the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Hair is lost from the scalp, the eyebrows, the eyelashes, and any body hair. Nails also become thin and brittle and have ridges.
·  Alopecia Universalis appears similar in effect to alopecia totalis, with total hair loss throughout their scalp and body and ridged nails, but it is due to a genetic mutation that was dormant since birth and did not become active until later in life.

Hair loss is difficult, but it isn’t always permanent. Investigate ways of getting your hair back.

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