Going bald is one of the things most commonly associated with ageing, and it is generally blamed on genetics. However, while genes do play a role in determining when a man will start losing hair, there are more factors responsible for male baldness than just hereditary hair loss. In this article we are going to take a look at these factors and see what can be done about them.
The Most Likely Reasons of a Receding Hairline
Genetics aside, there is still a number of things that could cause early or excessive hair loss in men. Some medical conditions (anemia or thyroid disorders) are known to cause hair loss, at least on a temporary basis. In addition, the medications used to treat a number of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular problems, arthritis, hypertension, and mental disorders, may cause patients to lose hair as a side effect. What’s more, even something as unremarkable in the context of hair as your diet could be the cause of baldness, particularly if you are not consuming enough protein.
Another group of reasons is connected to the way your body handles stress. Anything from anxiety to moving to a new environment to experiencing an illness (in some people, even a flu is enough) may overload the natural mechanisms for coping with stress. As a result, the production of hormones in your body may become disrupted, leading to temporary (or even permanent) hair loss.
A rather unusual pattern of baldness is having multiple small bald spots all over your scalp. This occurs in people who suffer from alopecia areata – a hereditary condition that causes your hair to “behave” that way. The condition does not involve any pain or discomfort apart from the emotional distress about losing hair. Alopecia areata cannot be treated and it is not contagious. In some cases, the affected areas may grow new hair, but it is likely to fall out again at some point.
Finally, hair grooming could be surprisingly destructive for your hair. Men who wear ponytails, braids, or similar hairstyles which involve pulling the hair away from the scalp risk suffering from traction alopecia – a condition that describes a pattern of temporary hair loss. On the other hand, contrary to popular beliefs, using a hairdryer will not cause hair loss, although it may lead to your hair becoming more brittle.
Dealing With Hair Loss in Men
The good thing about the typical male pattern baldness is that it does not affect the whole scalp area at the same time. Thus, hair from the back of the head can be transplanted to the balding areas, effectively solving the problem for a long period of time, possibly forever. However, this procedure may be painful and expensive, not to mention the infection risk from the transplantation surgery.
Consequently, many people choose to turn to less invasive and radical hair loss treatment methods. Using medications to improve the situation is the logical solution for many men. There are currently two officially approved pharmaceuticals for treating male baldness available on the market. Minoxidil is a topical solution that can be obtained over the counter, while Finasteride has to be taken orally and can’t be purchased without a prescription.
Other reliable ways of treating and preventing male hair loss are eating a healthier diet, giving up smoking, and being gentle with your hair when styling it. There is also a number of methods that are supposed to be helpful, but there is currently not enough medical evidence to prove their efficiency. These methods include drinking green tea, getting scalp massages, rubbing particular oils or onion juice into your scalp, and getting laser treatment, which supposedly reduces inflammation in hair follicles and keeps hair from falling out.