Why Am I Losing My Hair?
Considering hair loss treatment but need a little more background on what’s happening with your hairline? We got you. Hair loss treatments like Minoxidil and Finasteride are the most effective treatments out there for your hair line – read on to find out why!
Who knew life could be so cruel? It seems like only yesterday that you were running your fingers through a thick head of flowing hair.
It was your ever shifting canvas of styles and attractive looks. You once had a sweeping fringe. You once had a mess of tightly coiled curls. You once, against all odds, pulled off a towering top-knot. And now? Things are receding and patches are expanding. You’re starting to show signs of losing your hair. But why?
First off, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Male pattern baldness affects 30% of men by the age of 30 and 70% by the age of 70. Luckily, there’s lots of information and treatments out there like clinically proven Minoxidil and Finasteride available through our hair service that means you well and truly have options. Though, it’s important to note that, like The Rock, Vin Diesel and Mr Clean, you can rock whatever you put your mind to.
Anyway, when something is this common, it tends to happen due to a small number of causes. Let’s take a look.
Not to get too biblical, or Freudian if you’re more into secular pop-psychology, but you can probably blame your increasing baldness on your parents. Around 90% of men who experience male pattern baldness (MPB) do so because of genetics.
This is thanks to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is an androgen, the collective word for male hormones, that inhibits your hair follicles’ ability to grow. If you’re sensitive to DHT, new hair follicles will grow too slowly to replace the old, ultimately leading to thinner locks. And personal sensitivity is dependant on genetics.
Up to half of male Caucasians will experience some degree of hair loss by age 50, and possibly as many as 80% by the age of 70 years, while other population groups such as Japanese and Chinese men are far less affected.
Stress and Hormones
There’s good news! Certain medical advances may help pause, delay or actually promote hair growth. The takeaway? Either way, there’s no point worrying. Whether you choose to pop a pill to hopefully plump up your mane, or embrace the inherent sexiness that is the bald man, it’s good to know all the facts.
When work, family, relationships, traffic, tube strikes, crying babies and all the other realities of life are pulling us in a million different directions, being reminded to ‘chill out’, ‘take a chill pill’ or—worst of all—‘chillax’ isn’t very helpful.
In an age of push-notifications and the ‘always on’ attitude, stress is something of an inevitability. Unfortunately, stress can wreak havoc on your hormones, leading to diminished hair. One form of stress-induced hair loss is called telogen effluvium. This occurs when stress pummels your hair into a permanent resting phase (telogen), meaning it will ultimately fall out. Severe stress can also cause alopecia areata, which is when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles.
Fortunately, stress-related hair loss is often reversible—if you take the necessary steps. This probably doesn’t involve chillaxing or chill pills. However, regular exercise, fulfilling hobbies, and managing your workload might help.
Unexpected hair loss can sometimes be caused by medical issues like autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, fungal infections, lupus, diabetes or eating disorders. It can also be caused by malnutrition, iron deficiency, excess Vitamin A which can be found in retinoid medication, or use of other medication such as anticoagulants or ACE inhibitors. Serious cancer treatments like chemotherapy can also cause hair loss.
Keep an eye on your diet, too. If you’re not eating enough or missing out on protein, your hair will suffer. Finally—and it should come as no surprise—regularly pummeling your hair with harsh chemicals can weaken the hair and make it brittle, which is bound to hasten hair loss.
For the most part, hair loss is caused by your genes. In some instances, other factors like stress and disease can thin what’s left up top. But no matter the cause of your fading barnet, there are ways to deal with the changes. Finasteride – available as a one-a-day tablet – is effective in 90% of men, while two-thirds of men who use Minoxidil have experienced hair growth.
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