Hair loss is a very common problem that people from all walks of life have to deal with. It can have a huge impact on a person’s self-confidence and often becomes an obsession.
Male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss and affects 85% of men by the time they reach 50. Although the likelihood of hair loss increases with age, male pattern baldness can affect guys who are still in their teens, although it’s more common once a man reaches his 20s and 30s.
Male pattern baldness explained
The primary culprit of male pattern baldness is a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). As DHT production increases in the body this causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually die, resulting in thinning hair.
MPB affects every man differently. It can be extremely aggressiveness and cause almost total loss within a couple of years; or it can be very gradual and only affect a certain area. Some men have a receding hairline while others have thinning at the crown. In any case – DHT is nearly always the culprit.
Women’s hair loss
Many people assume that pattern baldness only affects men but it’s actually quite common in women too. The difference with female pattern baldness though, is that there isn’t a clear consensus on the cause of it. However it’s very likely a result of genetics and as with male pattern balding – becomes more common with age.
Hair loss in women isn’t always caused by female pattern baldness however. Hair loss can also be brought on by extreme stress of trauma as the result of a miscarriage or serious medical condition.
What are the options for treatment?
If you’re suffering from hair loss then the good news is that there are options available to you. Below are the most effective solutions currently available –
- FDA-approved treatments – There are two FDA-approved treatments available for treating hair loss. The first is finasteride, better known as Propecia. This works by inhibiting the production of DHT in the body and therefore slowing down, and in some cases reversing hair loss. The second treatment is minoxidil (Rogaine). This works by increasing the blood flow to the hair follicles and is recommended as a treatment for regrowth.
- Concealers – Concealing products, such as hair fibres, don’t actually do anything to prevent hair loss but they are an effective way to cover any areas on your head that are thinning. They come in a range of different brands and there are colours available to match any hair type.
- Hair transplant –A hair transplant is a very effective way to combat hair loss. The techniques that are used today allow for extremely natural looking results too.
If you’d like to find out more about the available treatments for hair loss then you can read through the Hair Loss Treatments page.