There are a wide range of reasons why men and women start to lose their hair. Modern medicine has produced all kinds of treatments, and on the cosmetic side, there are very extreme treatments such as hair transplants. This is becoming more and more popular. But is this really necessary?
Let’s first look at male pattern baldness in men.
Stop Hair Loss – Male Pattern Baldness
Possibly 90 percent of male hair thinning is caused by male pattern baldness. This condition is also called androgenetic alopecia. This cause of thinning is due to genes inherited from the Father or Mother. When a man gets older, he is more likely to start losing his hair.
However, it is possible to start losing your hair in your teens or early twenties. I started to lose my hair at 21yrs of age, and I put this down to the Genes inherited from my father who had very thin hair.
Male pattern baldness generally appears as thinning hair on the crown or a receding hairline. As much as 50% of the male population are expected to endure hair reduction by the time they reach 50yrs of age., and over 65% of men will have some level of baldness by the age of 60. This can be due to ageing or genetics.
Stop Hair Loss – So Why Exactly Does Hair Loss Occur?
The answer to this question for men lies in a chemical called dehydrotestosterone, or more commonly known as DHT. This is a male hormone that collects and builds up around the hair follicles. This hormone will eventually kill the follicle and also the hair growing out of it. As these levels of DHT increase with age, more and more hair is lost.
Other causes of hair reduction can be put down to Medication, Severe Illness, Diseases or other Hormones. Certain medication such as blood thinners,and anti depressants can cause hair thinning, so can medications for the treatment of gout.
If in doubt, always read the label for a list of possible side effects or ask your doctor. Please also note, excess doses of Vitamin A can also cause thinning hair.
Hormones both male and female can become imbalanced and cause hair reduction. Also hormonal problems due to an over active thyroid gland can cause hair loss. Hair loss in males can also be caused by an undiagnosed condition. Lupus, Diabetes or even a fungal infection of the scalp can all lead to premature hair loss.
Diagnosing The Problem
Because there are both medical and genetic causes leading up to male pattern baldness, it is essential to diagnose those exact causes before looking for treatments. It is always best to consult with a doctor first before embarking on any course of treatment. If the cause of hair loss in males or females is not down to genetics or ageing then the good news is, it is probably treatable.
Hair Loss In Women
As with male pattern balding, in women it can be genetic. However there are also a whole range of reasons why women also suffer hair loss. Women who have just given birth can also suffer lack of hair. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and is likely to stop within six months of giving birth.
This hair thinning is usually down to higher Estrogen levels being produced during pregnancy and reducing after pregnancy thus sending the strong hair growth stage during pregnancy into a strong hair loss stage after pregnancy.
Also, sometimes crash diets can lead to loss of hair. Rapid weight loss over a short period of time can cause a woman to lose some of her hair. Losing hair can also be caused by stress and adding chemicals to your hair. Frequent hair colouring is one of the main causes, perming solutions can also produce hair loss if over used.
Stop Hair Loss – What Treatments Are Out There?
There are many hair growth products out there. Treatments for women and men are sold both over the counter and also by prescription only. The whole lack of hair problem is a billion dollar industry, so you need to seek good advice.
You can get various surgical procedures to remove hair from thickly grown areas of the scalp into areas of thinning hair. This is something you only want to look at as a last resort, again you need to use due diligence before seeking out such extreme measures.
Although I am not qualified to give advice in this area, I would certainly look at less drastic measures first to see if you can find a good treatment to stop hair loss before seeking any surgical answer.