Strange as it may seem, it is not that uncommon for men who are bald on the top of their head to maintain hair elsewhere on their body. There are many myths floating about as to why this is the case, with some people mistakenly claiming that baldness makes you more manly (via higher testosterone levels). Below, we explain why some men grow beards worthy of Father Christmas whilst being troubled by scalp-based hair loss.
The Science Bit
The hormone DHT, a derivative of testosterone, is the culprit behind male pattern hair loss. DHT ( a male sex hormone, or androgen) acts by stifling genetically predisposed hair follicles’ ability to produce hair. As the follicles shrink in size, the hair becomes thinner and shorter in length and eventually the follicles can cease to produce hair at all. These types of hair follicle are commonly on the tops of men’s heads, explaining why many men experiencing male pattern hair loss do not thin around the sides of their scalp.
However, hair follicles elsewhere on a man’s body respond in quite the opposite way to these androgens, with DHT actually stimulating hair growth. So, in fact, bald men may well find themselves with more body hair than those with more hair on their heads, due to their bodies producing more DHT, both the reason for their baldness and their body hair growth. And why do some people produce more DHT than others? You have your parents to blame for that one, it’s all down to genetics.
Not quite! Whilst we can’t change our genetic make up, there are ways of stopping balding in its tracks and even regrowing thinning patches of hair. If you’re sick of having the hair on your chest that you want on your head, why not consider a Belgravia Centre hair loss treatment package? Clinically proven medications Propecia and minoxidil combine with treatment boosters such as our Hair Vitalics supplements, scalp treatments and the LaserComb to give you the best possible chance of improving the condition of your hair.
The First Step
We can’t beat genetics, but we can significantly regrow thinning hair, check out our hair loss success stories for an idea of the results you can expect. To start your journey to hair regrowth today, book a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists to discuss your personalised treatment plan. Call us on 0800 077 6666 or message us here to book your appointment at a time suitable for you.
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