all you need to know about male hair loss
Hair loss can be devastating at any age, particularly if it happens in your 20s or 30s. Unfortunately, progressive male hair loss can start from puberty onwards, with 25% of men sporting visibly thinning hair and that increases up to 80% of men over the age of 50.
For most men, the cause of hair loss is a condition called Androgenetic Alopecia, more commonly known as known as male pattern baldness. This is a hereditary condition so if your dad and grandad gradually lost their hair then there’s a good chance you’ll suffer from the same problem.
The important thing, though, is not to despair. We’re going to explain what to look out for and, if you seek treatment early enough, there are medications that can help prevent further hair loss and even thicken up the hair you have left.
If you’ve already experienced considerable hair loss, then a permanent hair restoration solution is also available.
Male hair loss: what to watch out for
The first step is understanding what male pattern balding is. It’s a genetic condition caused by male hormones attacking the hair follicle, causing it to become thinner and thinner until, eventually, the follicle stops producing hair. For most men, the hair loss follows a specific pattern – hence the name.
We men often cling to the notion that hair loss can’t possibly happen to us and so often miss the early signs. However, accepting that you’re losing your hair early means you’ve got a better chance of holding onto the hair you’ve got left. Here are some of the signs to look out for:
1. Your disappearing hairline
Maybe your forehead is looking slightly more pronounced? Or the hair at your temples seems less luxuriant? Most men experience hair loss at the hairline first, as you can see from the Norwood Scale, the accepted guide to male pattern baldness.
2. Your hair is harder to style
If you are experiencing problems achieving your favourite hairstyle then it might be a sign you are going bald. As your hairline starts to recede, there will also be gradual thinning of the hair in the crown area, appearing as loss of volume and fullness.
3. You start to shed
We all shed hair as part of the natural hair growth cycle but, whether it’s blocking your plughole, being left on your pillow or clogging up your hairbrush, if you notice an increase in lost hairs then it’s probably time to seek advice from a hair restoration specialist.