As the weather becomes increasingly cool, many men will notice an increase in hair loss in comparison with shedding over the last few months.
However, for men worried about the onset of male pattern baldness or ‘Androgenic Alopecia’, it is important to be able to tell the difference between seasonal hair loss and something more permanent.
Seasonal hair loss occurs predominantly in the early winter months, or October, November and December in the northern hemisphere, and can affect men and women with or without a hair loss condition.
There are myriad theories as to why this type of shedding occurs; one explanation is that – like our canine companions – we shed hair as the weather grows colder in order to grow a thicker head of hair to keep us warm through the winter.
Another theory is that the sun causes inflamed hair follicles which then cause hair to shed a number of months later, coinciding with the beginning of winter. Other theories revolve around sweating more in summer, and the influence on our bodies (and follicles) of the stress of the summer heat.
Whatever the cause, it is important to differentiate between this temporary hair loss and the permanent genetic condition male pattern baldness, which affects 30 per cent of 30-year-old men, and 50 per cent of 50-year-old men.
Is treatment necessary?
Whilst the extra hair fall caused by seasonal hair loss requires no treatment, providing that the hair grows back as it usually does, male pattern baldness will only worsen if no steps are taken.
If hair does not appear to return to its normal thickness, or there are patches of thinner hair left, this could signal the onset of male pattern hairloss and it is advisable to get checked over by a specialist in order to ascertain if there is a problem or not.
There are two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved treatments for male pattern baldness – one topical, one oral – which can be used individually or simultaneously to help deter the underlying cause of genetic hair thinning and to promote active hair growth.
Alongside these primary medications, supplementary hair growth supporting products, such as the FDA-cleared, follicle-stimulating LaserComb and Belgravia’s exclusive food supplement, Hair Vitalics for Men which contains a premium blend of targeted vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including zinc, biotin and selenium for the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, can also be used.
If you notice that your hair is not growing back to its previous thickness, or any other signs that concern you such as more shedding than normal, a consultation with a dedicated hair loss specialist can be worthwhile. In addition to providing a diagnosis and professional advice, it can also offer the peace of mind that comes from getting an expert opinion.
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.