Hair ages like other parts of the human body. Hair loss can occur at various stages in the aging process. For example, when you are a new born baby, your bodily systems are not yet in balance due to the residual hormones you shared with your mother during the pregnancy. This means that many babies lose their first silky locks leaving them with a bald head. The hair follicles should return to normal activity by your first birthday.
Childhood is often when the hair is naturally at its healthiest. You have more hair follicles in childhood than you will ever have again. A good diet and lack of over-styling means the hair will be stronger too. Your hair colour is often lighter as the melanin producing cells have not yet fully matured.
Teenage years are when the hormones go a little haywire and the effect on hair is often noticaeable: changes in texture, colour and increased sebum production which can make hair look oily or greasy.
In your twenties the hormones have regulated and the hair will usually grow quickly and look healthy. However approximately 25% of men will begin to experience the first signs of male pattern baldness in their 20s. This condition is genetic and the hair loss will get progressively more severe, receding from the temples and the crown of the head. The good news is that it can be successfully treated using proven hair loss treatments.
In your 30s and 40s the hair becomes thinner as your hormone levels gradually decrease and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) inhibits new hair growth. If the hair loss has not been treated, the hair will continue to disappear from the rest of the crown, often leaving hair at the sides and back of the head. These hair follicles are less affected by DHT. Gray hair may appear as the melanin production declines.
By the age of 60, two-thirds of men will suffer from genetic hair loss. Again, if it is diagnosed early enough, it can be treated. There are only two hair loss treatments that have been clinically proven to stop hair loss and promote re-growth. These are Minoxidil and Propecia. They are both licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
The Belgravia Centre has many years experience treating hair loss in men of all ages. For a free consultation with a hair specialist, who can diagnose the condition and advise on treatment, please call on 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, for a consultation via the website, please complete the online diagnostic form.