Male pattern hair loss occurs due to a inherited genetic predisposition and regardless of race and hair type.
Black men with afro hair may, however, be more likely to experience other forms of hair loss consecutively due to the natural fragility of their hair type, particularly if they also wear their hair in tightly braided styles such as corn rows which are known to cause a separate – but preventable – condition called traction alopecia.
Pattern balding occurs when a genetic predisposition to DHT sensitivity is inherited from the family tree. In theory, this means that even if both your parents had great heads of hair into old age, they can still have passed the ‘balding gene’ onto you.
The Genetics of Hair Loss
When DHT sensitivity occurs, hair follicles atop the scalp begin to shrink, and as a result produce thinner, weaker hair, and eventually, no hair at all. It’s vital that hair loss treatment is started before hair growth ceases completely, as at this point no new hair can be grown medically as the follicles are no longer functioning.
There are two MHRA licensed and FDA approved treatments for male pattern baldness. The daily tablet finasteride 1mg can inhibit DHT to help halt thinning hair and further follicular miniaturisation, whilst topical applications of high strength minoxidil comes in a variety of formulations all designed to enhance hair growth.
Both of these established medications can be used separately or together, and are suitable for men with Afro / Afro Caribbean / African American hair with any curl pattern – from 3a to 4c. Continues below
Consult a hair loss specialist
Afro hair is more prone to breakage than other hair types due to its porosity and natural lack of moisture; its structure is also fairly delicate when compared to other hair types. Belgravia hair experts have developed shampoos and conditioners to help with these issues, and appropriate products from this range are often included as a non-medicinal bonus in many treatment courses, though they can also be purchase separately by both clients and non-clients.
A Belgravia Centre treatment plan tends to include either or both of the aforementioned proven medications with tailored hair care products and supplementary hair growth supporting products such as the FDA cleared, follicle-stimulating LaserComb. Patients also have access to regular check-ups to chart progress, and whilst you’re visiting us, you can enjoy clinical treatment therapy, the ideal way to maintain hair and scalp health.
Anyone concerned that they are losing their hair would be wise to consult a hair loss specialist for personalised advice. Following a consultation a diagnosis can be made and suitable recommendations made for treatments and/or additional hair products, based on their findings and the individual’s medical profile.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.