When it comes to making oneself look presentable, women often complain that they draw the short straw and have to make a much bigger effort to get ready for work or drop the kids at school. Men can be up and out in five minutes, whereas women often resort to a lengthy hair and beauty routine before leaving the house. But there is one battle that men still struggle with more than women. Hair loss affects 80% of men by the age of 80. The cause is primarily genetic however there are other factors that can cause or contribute to hair loss in men.
Reasons for Hair Loss in Men
Over 70% of men will develop Male Pattern Baldness at some point during their lives. High levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) disrupt the growth pattern of hair follicles and causes thinning hair and eventually baldness. If the condition is diagnosed early enough, it can be successfully treated with hair loss treatments. For the majority of men the condition will start while they are in their 20s or 30s.
2. Medical Condition
Hair loss can be caused by a chronic illness and has been linked to diabetes, thyroid disease and autoimmune disorders. Some medications for certain conditions, such as heart disease and cancer, can cause hair loss. It is best to discuss medications and side effects with your doctor and see a hair specialist who may be able to prescribe treatment for the hair loss.
3. Poor Diet
A lack of nutrients will not only slow hair growth but it cause it to be weaker, less shiny and rougher in texture. To ensure your hair stays in a healthy condition, include good quality protein and iron in your diet as well as a range of vitamins and other minerals. Eating too much sugar increases adrenalin levels in the body which results in more DHT being produced which in turn slows the growth of hair.
Stress increases levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body, which, in turn, can cause hair loss. If stress is becoming a regular part of life, it is important to make the necessary changes to your diet, lifestyle or working patterns to better manage the stress and reduce the harmful effects on your body. If the hair growth has been significantly affected by stress, a short hair loss treatment programme may help the hair follicles to return to a normal growth cycle.
External factors that can affect hair growth include smoking. A person who smokes damages the hair follicle by reducing the nutrient flow to the scalp and causing toxins to enter the bloodstream which adversely affect hair growth.
As a diuretic, alcohol causes dehydration in the body which in turn cause dry and brittle hair that is more prone to breakage. Excessive alcohol consumption can affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients so even if you are eating 5 fruit and veg a day, if you finish that off with 5 pints, the vitamins and minerals levels will be reduced. Drinking also lowers iron levels and this is essential for a healthy hair growth cycle. Reduce alcohol intake to a moderate level and you should be fine, be careful not to overdose on iron supplements as this can be seriously damaging for health.
Sebum is the oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. These glands are mostly found on the face and scalp. If the scalp produces too much sebum, it can clog the pores and damage the hair follicles. Eventually this can cause hair loss. Frequent washing of the hair can remove sebum.
8. Fungal Infection
Ringworms can cause fungal infection which can lead to bald patches. Infected pets often pass on ringworm to humans. Areas of the scalp that have been infected can be treated with hair loss treatments.
Hair Loss Treatments
There are two products that have shown sufficient evidence in large scale clinical trials that they are effective in tackling male hair loss. Minoxidil and Propecia will produce optimum results when tailored to the individual’s hair loss condition and administered with the correct hair growth boosters. A consultation with a hair specialist at Belgravia will provide you with a diagnosis for the condition as well as advice on a treatment programme to suit you.
View our ‘success stories’ to read treatment users’ comments about their treatment courses and view their Before/During treatment photos – Hair Loss Success Stories.
To book a consultation, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Appointments are free and are available 7 days a week. If you are unable to visit the London centre, it takes about 5 minutes to complete the online diagnostic form. This is instantly delivered to the clinic and an treatment advisor will contact you to discuss how to manage the hair loss.