Why Men Suffer From Hair Loss

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Why Men Suffer From Hair Loss

How often, as a man, do you look in the mirror and check your hairline, has your hair thinned, or your hairline moved back? Have you checked the internet yet to see what hair loss treatments are available?

Why Do Men Care About Hair Loss?

Although hair loss occurs in the majority of men it is seen by many who suffer as a flaw. Socially it is considered to be an unwelcome sign of aging and points towards poor health and wellbeing. More than half of men 50 or older have signs of hair loss. It reaches 4 out of 5 men by age 70.

In the scheme of life a good head of hair may to some seem a relatively unimportant aspect, but surveys have shown that people with a good head of hair are more likely to find employment when compared with their equally qualified, balding counterparts, totally irrational and unfair but still a reality of the world we live in today.

In research behavioural studies scientists have indicated that having a good head of hair is linked to self-expression and in society plays a part in how we conduct and express ourselves. It is commonly heralded that hair is synonymous with riches, beauty, youthfulness, and vitality as well as strength.

Hair Science

Hair follicles are genetically programmed from birth, the genetic coding determines the behaviour of the hair follicles through life.

Anagen is the growth phase of hair and it lasts about two to three years. Telogen is the resting phase of hair growth and it lasts only three to four months. During the growth phase your hair can grow up to one inch per month. At the end of the resting phase the hair strands in this pattern fall out and new hair enters the growth phase with the average person shedding from 50 to 100 hairs each day.

Not all hair grows at the same time. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, at any given time 90% of your hair is in a hair growth phase and 10% is in a resting phase.

Some people have interruptions in their normal phases of hair growth that result in either temporary or permanent hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by hormonal problems, disease, medication, medical treatments, heredity, infection, and nutritional deficiency

There are many forms of hair loss, but the hereditary hair loss condition is called androgenic alopecia. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) this form of hair loss is passed down genetically from family members, and there is a predestined potential this gene will be inherited by one or more family members from either side of your family.

There are three major types of ethnic hair: Asian, African and Caucasian. People of Asian descent will have a low density of hair, which remains straight along the length. The individual hairs are coarse and will give an appearance of thick hair. Ethnic African hair has the characteristic of irregular curling along the length, which gives high coverage and the appearance of high density, yet it is of fine diameter. Caucasian hair is between these two extremes and shows great variation. People with blonde hair have the highest number of follicles and those with red hair have the fewest, although they will have coarser individual hairs.

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Male-pattern baldness is a result of a gene in the body that converts large quantities of testosterone into DHT (di- hydrotestosterone). Hair loss occurs to some extent in 60-
70% of all men, and 4-8% of women. You may even have this tendency despite the fact that your parents have full heads of hair – this is due to a process known as the spontaneous mutation, whereby the genetic information changes at conception.

Besides the genetic forms of hair loss that makeup around 90% of hair loss conditions there are more examples of how hair loss can occur, some reversible conditions. Such examples of other types of hair loss may include but are not limited to stress, iron deficiency, thyroid disease, traction alopecia, and trauma.

Hair loss stages are categorised in useful guide help diagnose the extent of the hair loss, for both men and women. The Norwood Scale is a classification of MPB for men, from remedial thinning to progressive hair loss; this makes it easier to understand the present grouping and determine the potential future loss.

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