Hair loss. I turned 40 recently and the thinning has begun. I promise I don’t solely bring experts in to help me out, but here’s Sophie Humphrey from 360 Hair Clinic with the first part of a new series on hair loss – Robin
It seems as though the festive period is already a long distant memory. For most it is a time to get together with family, too much eating, too much drinking and of course the exchanging of gifts!
It can be at these family gatherings that you catch up with a sibling, cousin, dad, uncle, grandparent and you suddenly think… I hadn’t noticed they were losing their hair before, that happened quickly!
Then the dread kicks in…
Will I experience hair loss that quickly?
Isn’t hair loss hereditary?!
Has my hairline creeped back slightly?
In that picture can you see through to my scalp or is it just the angle of the spotlight above?
Am I going to lose my hair too?
(*Helps self to another bucks fizz and worries about it later)
So now we are in the full throws of January – ‘New Year, New Me’ (*rolls eyes)
But, are you actually thinking I’d prefer New Year, OLD Me – My OLD Hair?!
If you’d like to find out why you lose your hair and what can be done about it then read on!
What causes male hair loss?
Firstly, the stats show that 40% of men will have thinning hair by the age of 35, and it increases to 50% by the age of 50.
This is a completely normal part of the aging process and whether you will thin in your early 20’s or not until your 50’s is mainly due to genetics. There is a theory that you follow your maternal grandfather, however genes from both parents can play a part.
It is a male hormone, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that is responsible for causing the hair to thin and we have receptors for the DHT hormone at the base of the hair follicles at the top of the scalp. They are not at the back or sides of the scalp, so that is why men and some women only thin on top if they are experiencing Male or Female Pattern Baldness / Androgenic Alopecia.
If your hair thins at an earlier age you have inherited the fact that your receptors are more sensitive to the DHT hormone. In some cases, there may be other causes of hair loss, or other conditions that may be accelerating the hair loss. This can usually be determined in a consultation with a Hair Loss Specialist.
When the hair begins to thin at first you may notice more shedding in the shower, or a few hairs on your pillow. Then at some point you may be unsure whether your hairline has started to recede slightly from the temples or whether your crown has always parted that much. These are all very early signs to look out for – and in most cases the prime time to treat the hair loss before it becomes noticeably thin.
As the thinning and shedding progresses the typical characteristic of Male Pattern Baldness will start to appear:
The high widows peak
Receding at the temples
A thin band behind the fringe
A thin circular area over the crown.
Eventually you can end up with a balding area at the top of the scalp but strong hair still remaining at the back and sides – a style that I often hear referred to as a ‘Friar Tuck do’ (minus his fringe!)
So, the obvious next question is…
Can anything be done about hair loss?
And you will be pleased to know that the answer is YES
If hair loss is caught in the early stages there are proven treatments that will treat and prevent it. These treatments will thicken thinning hairs, prevent further hair loss, and if needed surgery can ‘fill in’ the bald spots! Only you can decide what lengths you would go to, and what ends results you would be happy with.
This may be to just prevent further hair loss and keep the hair as it is, thicken the hair to a stage of early thinning, or fully recovering the density and thickness of your hair.
Whether this can be achieved by non-invasive treatments or whether it will require surgery really depends on how active the hair follicles are at the start of treatment.
In my upcoming blog posts, I am going to go in to more detail on the various treatments available for combatting hair loss / thinning / shedding / going bald! I will be covering:
- Hair Loss shampoos, products and pills
- Low Level Laser Therapy / LLLT
- PRP Therapy
- Finasteride / Propecia
- Hair Transplants FUE / FUT
- Scalp Micropigmentation
In most cases a combination of treatments is the best way to tackle it. The aim is to slow down or block the main cause of the hair loss (DHT), ensure the scalp is in the best condition for optimum hair growth, and to use a form of treatment that will stimulate a faster production of hair cells.
It sounds like a lot but the treatments mentioned can fit nicely in to a day to day routine and I have loads of tips when it comes to that too!
For now, the main takeaways:
- If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning it is completely normal and 50% of men will also be going through the same thing
- Looking at your family members on both sides could be useful to see if there is a pattern with when the men have started to thin / go bald
- Doing something about it as early as possible is key for getting the best results
Get in touch via the Coaching for Geeks Community if you have any initial questions and I look forward to going in to a bit more detail on how you can fight the bald patch next time!
Sophie Humphrey – 360 Hair Clinic
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