Many men perceive balding as an inevitable consequence of ageing, whether it begins to affect them when they are 18 or 80. It’s true that by the time you reach your 70’s you have an 80% chance of experiencing some degree of hair loss, although it does not follow that losing your hair is inevitable. For those who notice hair thinning, the first question is often: why is this happening? Below we take a look at the most common cause of hair loss, and a few other potential diagnoses if you seem to have a different set of symptoms.
The Generation Game
Male pattern hair loss is the most common type of male hair loss by far, with 95% of cases receiving this diagnosis. The reason behind it lies in your genetic make up, which you inherit from your family tree (that is, not just from your parents). Those who experience male pattern balding have genetically predisposed scalp follicles, which are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen made when the enzyme 5-alpha reductase bonds with testosterone. DHT causes scalp follicles to shrink, making them produce thin, wispy hairs and, after some time, no hairs at all.
Those experiencing male pattern hair loss will usually notice a thinning on their crown, and/or a receding hair line at their temples. If you’re noticing these signs but no other changes to your hair, it is very likely that your diagnosis is male pattern balding. Because the condition is caused by genetics, there is no quick fix, but a combined treatment plan from The Belgravia Centre gives you the best chance possible of slowing the rate of balding and growing back the hair. This is achieved by using a DHT blocker to rid the scalp follicles of the androgen, and minoxidil, another clinically approved hair loss treatment, which is believed to work by activating potassium channels in the scalp.
Treating Your Hair Loss
Minoxidil and the DHT blocker Propecia have been licensed by the UK’s medical regulatory body the MHRA for use as hair loss treatments, and have been tested extensively to ensure that they can produce the desired results in the vast majority of cases. At The Belgravia Centre, we usually combine these two hair loss treatments with a variety of hair loss treatment boosters, many of which come free with your personalised programme. These can include the FDA approved LaserComb which can speed up hair growth, our own dietary supplement Hair Vitalics which keeps hair in its optimum condition, and clinical treatment therapy, where a relaxing massage is combined with products that stimulate the scalp, increasing the blood supply of useful nutrients to the hair follicles.
What Else Could My Hair Loss Be?
However, if your type of hair loss doesn’t seem to fit in with the symptoms of male pattern hair balding, you could be in the 5% of men who are experiencing a different condition. Another thing that may be responsible for your hair loss is traction alopecia, which occurs when hair shafts are under too much pressure, causing them to weaken and eventually die. If you wear your hair in corn rows or other tightly braided styles, and are noticing the hair at the scalp becoming thinner, the best way to get regrowth is by using high strength minoxidil 10% and 12.5% creams. Applied to the thinning areas of the scalp, these creams have improved areas that were unresponsive to lower doses.
If your hair loss is patchy rather than in specific areas, it could also be that you’re experiencing alopecia areata, an auto-immune disease than has been shown to have environmental triggers, ranging from a sudden severe shock to contracting a bacterial or viral infection. Alopecia areata causes hairs to enter their telogen, or resting phase, and subsequently shed more quickly than usual. It usually fixes itself once the trigger has stopped, with hair beginning to grow back after a few months. If this doesn’t happen, we recommend vising one of hair loss specialists to establish whether there is another cause with regards to the hair loss.
The Belgravia Centre—————————————————————————————————–
The Belgravia Centre is the leading hair loss clinic in the UK, based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacy produces high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centre or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.