From genetics to smoking to medical illness and nutrition, there are a number of reasons for male hair loss. Before you begin the journey of bringing back your hair, you should consult with a professional to find out the cause for your hair loss.
The most common type of baldness in men is male pattern baldness – androgenic alopecia, a genetic condition. Two-third of men begin to see hair loss around age 35, according to the American Hair Loss Association.
By age 50, some 85% will have experienced a significant amount of hair loss, says the American Hair Loss Association. While some may embrace the “bald is beautiful” philosophy, others turn to medical solutions, starting with medical creams and opting for various transplantation procedures, including the newest, advanced ARTAS robotic technology that conducts hair transplantation with more accuracy than any hair surgeon ever could.
It is important that you eat a diet full of protein. With low-protein diets, your body uses the protein for more essential purposes, such as repairing cells. Hair is left deprived of the protein in needs most – keratin. Similarly, if your diet lacks iron or biotin, it may affect your hair growth. If your hair loss is caused by diet, you can repair it by consuming foods full in protein, such as spinach, walnuts and milk, as well as iron-rich foods, such as lentils and legumes.
Significant and frequent alcohol intake causes dehydration, as well as stalls the body’s zinc absorption. Hair is almost 25% water, which means that by taking away a needed nutrient and its hydration, it will indeed suffer.
Oxygen is a key ingredient for follicular wellness. Nicotine stalls hair growth by narrowing the blood vessels and depriving the cells of oxygen. In addition, carbon monoxide is also harmful, potentially affecting hair growth. As if there weren’t enough reasons to quit smoking, keeping your hair is definitely another reason to do so.
You may have psoriasis, an autoimmune condition characterized by red, itchy, scaly patches of skin, or seborrheic dermatitis, which produces red, itchy patches on the scalp. Psoriasis on the scalp can be easily be mistaken for dandruff, but the anti-dandruff solutions are not applicable in this case. You should see a doctor to rule these conditions out, and if you do have them, treat them first, to see if it stops the hair loss. In the meantime, you should stop scratching the itchy spots, as it can lead to infection and more follicular damage.
You are losing hair and you are panicking. Don’t! The last thing you want, when faced with hair loss, is to add more stress. Each hair follicle needs energy. The rested, well-nourished, stress-free you are the source of that energy. Finding ways to relieve stress may slow down your hair loss, or stop it altogether.
First and foremost, see a doctor who can determine the cause of your hair loss. For minor hair loss, you may just want to change your hair style. For temporary loss – such as during chemo or radiation treatment -- a wig or hairpiece may be an acceptable temporary solution. For hereditary hair loss, medications such as Rogaine and Propecia are usually the first line of defense. However, if you are balding and you would like to have a full head of hair, there are a number of modern hair transplantation procedures available to you that are non-invasive and undetectable.