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 should they also wear their hair in tightly braided styles such as corn rows. It is possible to treat male pattern baldness alongside other forms of hair loss such as 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 begun before hair growth ceases completely, as at this point no new hair can be grown medically.
The first step to towards halting hair loss is to block DHT. The daily tablet finasteride 1mg can do this, and because DHT is not required by the male body after puberty, blocking it long term presents no problem. Finasteride 1mg works well for halting thinning hair, but for hair regrowth, particularly when traction alopecia is also an issue, a second medication is also needed.
Like Finasteride, minoxidil has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA as a hairloss medication, however the similarities end there. The exact reason why minoxidil is so effective at regrowing thinning hair is unknown, but it has achieved great results as a hair loss treatment for Afro or Afro Caribbean / African American hair. Continues below
Effective Combined Treatment
Because it can be applied directly to the thinning area, and the formulation of minoxidil suited to the individual, this form of hair loss treatment allows for an extremely targeted application. Belgravia specialists have seen tremendous results through topical applications of high strength minoxidil being applied directly to the scalp; this is highly effective even for stubborn hair loss from pattern balding or traction alopecia.
In addition to the examples pictured here, you can view photographs of male Belgravia Centre patients with afro hair before and after starting their custom treatment courses in our Success Stories gallery.
Afro hair is more prone to breakage than other hair types due to lack of moisture, and due to its structure it is also fairly delicate. At Belgravia we have developed shampoos and conditioners to help with these issues, and a hair loss specialist is able to combine the ideal hair care products with the above medications to form a bespoke hair loss treatment plan.
A Belgravia Centre treatment plan combines proven medications with tailored hair care products and treatment boosters such as the FDA cleared 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 the hair and scalp.
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.