There are so many things to worry about these days that those which have effective solutions shouldn’t need to be among them. This makes the news that a poll of 1,000 people discovered only 19 per cent of men are not concerned about hair loss even more astounding.
Despite male pattern hair loss being something that affects the majority of men, and a condition which has clinically-proven treatments available, a whopping 81 per cent of those surveyed still admitted to being troubled by it.
Readers of the Daily Star website chose one of three responses to the question ‘Are you worried about going bald?’. Top was the answer ‘Yes – I am already going bald and I hate it’ with 53 per cent of the vote. This was followed by ‘A little – I have much less hair than I used to’ with 28 per cent. The 19 per cent who trailed in third opted for ‘Nope – but I hope I never lose my hair’.
Worried about male pattern hair loss
The ages of those who voted are unknown but, whilst age used to be a prominent factor in when those with a genetic predisposition towards androgenetic alopecia would start to lose their hair. This is not quite as important as it used to be. Various clinical studies, as well as anecdotal evidence, suggest that men are now losing their hair from a younger age than previous generations.
Whether it’s a receding hairline or a thinning crown, this trend for seeing signs of hair loss earlier in life than parents and grandparents is believed to be down to stress – though possibly not in the most obvious sense of the word.
Chronic or prolonged emotional stress – the overwhelming and/or long-term feeling of ‘being stressed’ – can certainly contribute to hair shedding. However, what is often overlooked is how the body and its various internal functions being placed under stress can also affect hair growth and hair fall.
When something is not right or even simply unbalanced within the body, it can cause strain. If this strain is serious enough or goes on for a long period of time, it can lead the body to try to protect itself by diverting most of its attention to critical functions, with those considered less important put on the back burner. One of the functions that comes lower down the body’s list of priorities is the hair growth cycle. When the follicles do not receive the necessary blood flow, the cycle can become paused in the ‘Telogen’ phase. This is when the cycle pauses and hair growth is inactive for a period before the old hairs are shed, resulting in hair fall with no new hairs coming through until the cycle resumes its normal functioning.
There are many, many issues that can lead to this type of situation. Health issues are a common cause, with underlying illnesses, hormonal fluctuations and starting new medications all being potential triggers. There are also a number of lifestyle factors involved in sparking this type of hairloss, including having an insufficient or unbalanced diet, regularly drinking too much alcohol, consuming too much sugar – something which is surprisingly easy to do – and smoking. Furthermore some activities which people may consider healthy, such as excessive exercise or frequently drinking certain sports nutrition shakes and supplements, can also have a negative effect on men’s hair.
It is largely the lifestyle and dietary issues – known as oxidative stress – that experts are blaming on the increasing number of young men developing premature male pattern baldness.
Hair loss solutions for male pattern baldness
There is a lot of truth to the meme ‘Worrying about hair loss can cause hair loss’, so – whilst easier said than done – addressing any stress or anxiety is a good place to start.
Two male hair loss treatments have been clinically-proven and officially recognised by the UK’s and USA’s medical regulatory boards, having been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA. These are finasteride 1mg and minoxidil and are available to use either together or individually.
Finasteride 1mg is a one-a-day tablet known as a ‘DHT blocker’. It works on preventing baldness by inhibiting the hormone which causes thinning hair around the top of the scalp in men with male pattern hair loss, dihydrostestosterone (DHT). By stopping DHT from being produced, it reduces its ability to bind to the affected hair follicles and slowly destroy them.
High strength minoxidil is a topical drug with a hair growth promoting action believed to work by opening up the potassium channels in the scalp, encouraging localised blood flow to the follicles. This comes in a number of different formulations, all of which are applied directly to the scalp where needed, as advised.
In addition to these established medications, further non-pharmaceutical supplementary hair growth supporting products, including options exclusive to The Belgravia Centre, can be used to help improve the condition of the hair and encourage growth by stimulating the follicles.
The first port of call for anyone concerned about losing their hair, whether they are starting to notice a drop in volume, persistent shedding or more obvious signs of hair loss, should be a consultation with a hair specialist. They will be able to identify the cause, diagnose the condition and, from there, make recommendations for appropriate hairloss solutions for consideration.
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.