When hair starts to thin and recede, it can be a real challenge. The way you look affects both your confidence and self-esteem. Naturally, you want to overcome the challenge of hair loss and achieve a workable solution. Look Natural Hair Restoration represents just that.
Before we dive into the best ways to treat male hair loss, let’s take a look at the main causes.
Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is the most prevalent cause of hair loss for men. This condition causes the characteristic “M-shaped” receding hairline. The fact that it’s so well-recognized is a testament to its frequency. Around 50% of all men will be affected by male-pattern baldness to some extent in their lives.
Hair has a natural growth cycle and MPHL is caused by a disruption of that cycle. One of the key players in this is testosterone, which is converted to DHT by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. DHT binds to receptors on hair follicles and shortens the lifespan of those follicles. Thanks to DHT, the once robust hair becomes finer and finer as the follicle prematurely ages until it finally stops growing hair altogether.
Areas of the scalp with thinning hair have many follicles with receptors for DHT. Since follicles on the sides and back of the head usually lack these receptors, they are not affected. The number of follicles with DHT receptors, along with the location of those follicles is genetically determined.
In terms of when this all takes place, male pattern baldness can start as early as the teenage years. It’s very common for men to initially see effects in their early 20s and 30s, and in fact. 25% of men who experience male pattern baldness will begin to see receding hair by age 21.
Medical issues such as anemia, thyroid problems, stress, scarring alopecia, alopecia areata and a diet low in protein or iron can all cause hair to thin. In addition, certain drugs that you take for cancer, depression, arthritis, high blood pressure or heart problems can have the same negative effect on your hair.