When first noticing the signs of hair loss, many men begin to assume the worst – that the initial shedding will lead to permanent baldness. However there are many different causes of hair loss, and many conditions are treatable.
This guide outlines four of the conditions that can cause hair loss in men, in no particular order, and explain options for treatment.
1. Male Pattern Baldness – Androgenic Alopecia
The most common hair loss condition worldwide, Androgenic Alopecia is a hereditary hair loss condition that converts the hormone testosterone into an androgen called DHT. DHT attacks hair follicles causing them to shrink. The shedding spreads at the temples, crown or both, and can eventually lead to a totally bald head.
As a genetic condition, Androgenic Alopecia does not resolve itself without treatment. There are, however, proven medications for male pattern hair loss that can be incorporated into a bespoke treatment plan, with good prospects for success.
2. Telogen Effluvium
Characterised by the sudden loss of large numbers of hairs from all over the scalp, Telogen Effluvium is usually triggered by severe stress or emotional trauma. There are also several factors including medication, surgical treatment and dietary imbalances which could be a contributing cause.
Telogen Effluvium sees hair follicles enter their natural resting state early, causing the attached hair to fall out.
Generally hair loss caused by Telogen Effluvium resolves itself as the normal hair growth cycle re-establishes itself, but any noticeable shedding should be referred to a hair loss expert for professional assistance to repair any damage and promote natural regrowth.
3. Alopecia Areata
Again characterised by patchy hair loss, caused in this case by an autoimmune disorder. The immune system of those affected by alopecia attacks hair follicles in the scalp in the same way it would an infection. This then causes the hair to fall out in clumps. The condition may or may not correct itself – sufferers often require professional hair loss treatment, such as a minoxidil cream, and the earlier this is sought, the better.
Other variations include Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis where sufferers experience loss of all the hair on their head, or total body hair loss, respectively.
4. Traction Alopecia
Traction Alopecia-related hair loss is caused by the hair follicles being pulled and stretched out of shape, eventually deforming them.
The condition is most commonly seen in people who wear tight braids close to the scalp, such as dreadlocks, as the additional tension of these hairstyles causes the hair follicles to stretch.
If caught early enough – before the hair follicles are destroyed, leaving bald areas which appear shiny – Traction Alopecia can be treated. The cause of tension should be avoided to prevent further issues and to allow the follicles time to heal with help from expert hair loss treatments that promote regrowth.
You can find examples of Belgravia patients treated for each of these hair loss conditions in our Hair Loss Success Stories gallery, which features images of over 1,500 clients before and after starting their custom treatment courses, including those whose results are pictured here.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from 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 success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.