For those who have healthy and great-looking hair, all they need is a cleansing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner to keep their hair clean and fresh all the time. On the other hand, there are those who are not so blessed with even just normal hair, and what’s worse, they even suffer emotionally because of the way their hair (or their lack of hair) appears for other people. You see, it is human nature that women get attracted to men who have a full head of hair, and so for those men who are becoming bald, they naturally tend to lose some of their sex appeal on the opposite sex.
If you think you are suffering from signs of hair loss, you are not alone. Hair loss is actually a common problem worldwide. According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the time men are 50 years old, about 85% of them will experience significant hair thinning. Believe it or not, there are some men who start losing their hair even before they turn 21!
What Causes Hair Loss?
Some people say that wearing a baseball cap can cause baldness, so is combing, brushing, twisting and styling your hair. Actually, all these cannot cause you to go bald. But of course, avoid being too harsh or rough on your hair to prevent unnecessary hair breakage.
In reality, more than 95% of hair loss in males is because of male-pattern baldness, a genetic condition wherein it can be passed down to you from either of your parents. A hormone known as DHT is widely occurring in the system, causing the hair follicles to shrink so much that no hair can grow in them in the future. In some other cases, specific medications, not getting sufficient protein, or having an excessive amount of vitamin A in the body can cause hair to just fall out. A hair condition called telogen effluvium can be caused by stress or illness, and if you have this, your hair will shed dramatically. Any other hair loss incidences that are not in any way related to male-pattern baldness usually reverses by itself.
Simple and Proven Ways to Prevent/Treat Hair Loss
There are some simple ways on how to prevent or treat hair loss. One of them is quitting smoking. There are many studies that showed there is a relevant link between smoking and how quick male-pattern baldness gets worse. Therefore, if you are trying to quit smoking, include hair loss to one of your motivational reasons why you should really quit.
Of course, preventing the loss of hair is much easier than getting it to grow back once it’s gone. If you want to find something that will definitely work for you, ask your doctor and do some research on your own as well.
Even if there is no absolute cure to male-pattern baldness, you can still slow it down with the aid of some medications.
Minoxidil – over-the-counter, FDA-approved medication that is applied to the scalp directly. It is known to slow down the rate of hair loss in males, and in some, it even helped them grow new hair! The only downside to this is when you stop using this one, your hair loss will definitely come back.
Finasteride – brand name Propecia. It is a prescription medicine in the form of pills. Finasteride 1mg slows down hair loss by means of slowing down the body’s production and secretion of DHT. Some men were even able to grow out new hair while using finasteride. Just like minoxidil, finasteride only works as long as it is used. However, it has been noted that it works much better than minoxidil.