The possibility of losing your hair is never a welcomed thought. It often results in more time spent in front of the mirror examining our new-found flaws. The unfortunate truth is, male pattern baldness is a reality that many of us will face at some point in our lives. Approximately 66% of us will experience male pattern baldness in some form by our 35th birthday. But it’s not all gloom and doom, there are plenty of ways to get informed and help the possible hair loss you may endure in the future.
What Causes Hair Loss?
It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘why me?’ question at the first indicator of hair loss. But here’s the answer: Your body is becoming more sensitive to the male sex hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT binds to the receptors in your scalp, blocking hair growth. According to medical news daily, this is the most common cause of male hair loss. Other contributing factors may be stress, anxiety, or other hair related conditions such as alopecia, which will commonly cause loss of random hair patches.
How Can You Treat It?
In the past there really wasn’t a full-proof way to treat hair loss, and all the products on the market were nothing more than “snake oils”. Bear with me here, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Hair loss wasn’t fully understood until now (que the the light). Now that the underlying causes for the vast majority of hair loss are known, it’s been possible to create effective hair loss solutions that work. If medications such as DHT blockers aren’t the right route for you, some dietary changes have been shown to affect hair health such as higher protein intake. Your hair is composed of proteins, thus making it a needed nutrient for your hair to repair itself.
Grooming Tips For Thinning Hair
Hair Loss can do a number on a man’s confidence, but just because your hair is thinning doesn’t mean you can’t look like the modern day James Bond. A couple important tips to keep in mind when grooming your hair are to avoid overwashing. Too much washing can dry your hair out, thus expediting your hair loss. Wash once a day and take a multivitamin that supports hair health for best results. Keeping your hair short is also a great way to work with thinning hair. It looks more natural than a comb over, or false hair pieces. Lastly, using a hair product that provides volume will give your hair a fuller appearance. Just remember, moderation is key. Too much much product can leave your hair looking oily and unnatural.
“Jack Burke: Men’s health and wellness enthusiast with a focus in genetic hair loss.”
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