Dear women, this blog is about men’s hair loss, or as it's also called – Androgenic Alopecia. Therefore, everything written here concerns only men. The article about women’s hair loss will be soon enough.
Yes, it’s Androgenic Alopecia. This term applies to 95% of men’s hair loss cases.
Androgenic Alopecia develops due to malfunctions at the gene level. At the core of this process is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which damages hair follicles. This hormone is the active form of man’s leading sex hormone – testosterone, which develops due to the influence of 5-alpha-reductase ferment located inside hair follicles. DHT penetrates the cells of follicles and causes their gradual degradation. Hairs do not cease to grow, but they become thin, short, and lose healthy appearance.
It’s the main reason why we (men) lose our hair. This hormone is the active form of man’s leading sex hormone – testosterone, which develops due to the influence of 5-alpha-reductase ferment located inside hair follicles. DHT penetrates the cells of follicles and causes their gradual degradation. Hairs do not cease to grow, but they become thin, short, and lose healthy appearance. In other words, hair follicles produce smaller hairs every next cycle until it stops to produce any hair, which leads us to baldness.
Not always. Excessive hair loss might be temporary. There could be different reasons causing it as stress, sleep deprivation, unhealthy diet, or lack of vitamins. Besides, even if you have excessive hair loss, your hair may still grow with the same thickness and quality.
It’s normal if you lose 100-150 hairs every day. Therefore, if you do not observe the deterioration in hair density, then there is no cause for concern. Hair loss is not a signal that it will inevitably lead you to baldness. However, if new healthy hairs do not grow the same way as they used to, then you should immediately act.
Hair growth has three cycles: Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (transition phase), and Telogen (resting phase). We lose hair from the Telogen phase, which means that there are still hairs from the rest two cycles that eventually replace lost hair.
Merely look to your hairstyle, pay attention to the hair growth line. Take a look at your old pictures and compare your current situation with the old one. If you see that bald patches begin to form and hair growth line has shifted, be sure you face Androgenic Alopecia. Besides, if you notice hair general thinning or a decrease in density, you may start acting to avoid the farther spread of Alopecia.
You may have missed the fact of hair loss. So, be more cautious. You can take photos of your scalp every six months and compare them. You will be able to control the situation and take action if you notice any deterioration.
You may take into consideration another significant moment. If you suffer from dandruff, itchy scalp, or you noticed that some hairs changed structure or color, it may also be the signals of Alopecia.
If you wish to have a confirmed diagnosis about your hair loss process, you had better see your doctor (trichologist or dermatologist).
No, you cannot. Alopecia is a weird phenomenon. It may progress rapidly at the age of 20 and make you fully bald at the age of 24. On the other hand, it may stop on small bald patches and never progress throughout your entire life. It’s hard to foresee when hair loss might start - at the age of 16 or 50. The progress of Alopecia may be gradual or rapid.
Modern medicine doesn’t consider baldness as a disease. Alopecia is a cosmetic or genetic defect. Therefore, medicine hasn’t much to offer. Unfortunately, modern science cannot cure baldness. However, some medications can maintain healthy hair growth and stop hair degradation. Moreover, there is a probability that these medications will help you to regenerate lost hair. You can also consider hair transplantation option, which finely works on the initial stages of baldness.
It depends on the stage of baldness and the tempo of hair loss. On the initial stages (Norwood 1-3), you have some chances to restore hair. If you suffer long enough from Alopecia and the baldness stage is higher than Norwood 3, forget about hair regrowth, focus on maintenance.
First and foremost, so-called “The big three” medications: Minoxidil (solution or foam), Finasteride (tablets) and Ketoconazole (shampoo). These medications perform the highest results for decades. Unlike many other medications, these three are scientifically tested and have statistical evidence. Therefore, they cannot be a matter of speculation. Let’s not forget to mention Dutasteride, which is a stronger anti-androgen than Finasteride.
For more information, see our blog: Top 5 methods to treat hair loss in men.
No! If you cease taking these medications, newly restored hair will fall out, and you get back pre-treatment state in less than six months. Furthermore, it’s highly probable that the reuse of these medications won’t deliver the same results. It means that if you start to use Finasteride and Minoxidil, you will have to use them for the rest of your life; otherwise, you will lose your progress. Moreover, you should use them even after hair transplantation.
There are plenty of other natural methods you can find on the web (f.e. Tom Hagerty's scalp exercises, or the gravity hair loss theory). However, none of them is scientifically proved to work. No one can confirm or disprove their effectiveness. Thus, these methods are a matter of speculation.
Yes, there is! If you still have some hair on your scalp, you can use hair fiber. It’s kind of like a powder, which makes an illusion of dense hair. The best-known options are Top secret and Toppic. The only problem is that you must apply it every time you need to make a visibility of dense hair.
Moreover, you can make a tattoo on the scalp. Little dots on your scalp imitate bald head, which means that physically you have no hair, but visually it seems otherwise. The problem is that you will have to shave your head all the time.
If you have no hair on the scalp, you can use wigs.
If none of these options is acceptable for you, shave your head and get all peaceful about it.
Probably, we should, but not in the nearest future. Scientists develop new technologies that allow restoring hair using stem cells. It’s called the cloning or multiplication of hair.
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