Male Pattern Baldness & Its Causes
The most common type of hair loss in men is male pattern baldnesswhich is also known as “androgenic alopecia”. According to a study from U.S National Library of Medicine, more than 50% percent of the men aged 50 are affected by this hair loss condition to some extent.
Causes of Male Pattern Baldness:
One of the biggest and main causes ofmale pattern baldness is genetics or family history of baldness. Research has also found that male sex hormones, known as androgens, also play a crucial role in contributing towards male pattern baldness.Other factors that affect the hair fall are:
- Lack of proper diet
- Excess smoking or consumption of alcohol
- History of some skin disease
- Hormonal imbalance
- Improper Lifestyle
The hair also has a life cycle and with male pattern hair loss, this hair growth cycle is weakened at the first stage and the hair follicle starts shrinking, producing shorter and fragile strands of hair.
However, sometimes this male pattern baldness can be because of some serious health issues such as cancer, thyroid, medication, stress and anabolic steroids. Other health conditions may also be the cause of baldness with redness, rashes, pain, peeling of the scalp, patchy hair loss, hair breakage or thinning and unusual pattern of hair loss accompanies this baldness.
Techniques to fight Male Pattern Hair Loss:
Hairstyle: A good hairstyle can make or break your image. If you are not suffering from huge hair loss, you can ask your hairstylist to give a creative haircut that can make your hair loss or baldness hide.
Hair Weaving: Hair weaves are one type of wig that is sewn into your naturally grown hair. For this process, you must have enough hair for sewing the weave. One of the biggest advantages of hair weave is that it stays permanent even when you are doing activities like swimming, showering and sleeping.
Hair Pieces or Wigs: Wigs are an excellent option to cover receding hairlines, thinning hair, hair loss, and complete baldness. The other benefit is that wigs come in a lot of variety, styles, textures, and colours. To get a natural look, it’s recommended to opt for a wig which can look similar to your natural hair and matches your personality.
Hair Transplant: Hair transplant is the most recent technique to fight male pattern baldness. It is also the most invasive and expensive treatment available for hair loss. The process of hair transplant is followed by removing hair from the areas of the scalp which have the maximum hair growth and then transplanting them to the thinning areas and bald area of the scalp.
Minoxidil: Minoxidil is a kind of medical drug that helps fight hair loss. It is a topical medication that is applied to the scalp. It works by slowing the hair loss process and stimulating the hair follicles to grow new and strong hair. This medication can take about four months to a year, to produce some visible effects on the scalp.