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.
There are a myriad of theories as to why this type of hair loss 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 cause hair to shed a number of months later (as winter begins). Other theories revolve around sweating more in summer, and the stress of the summer heat.
Whatever the cause, it is important to differentiate between this and 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 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 baldness.
The optimum treatment for male pattern baldness combines a variety of methods. Firstly, primary hair loss medication in the form of finasteride 1mg prevents further hair loss by blocking the formation of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) a hormone that causes hair loss.
Alongside this, Minoxidil can be used to reverse hair loss by increasing the blood supply to the areas where it is applied. Both finasteride 1mg and minoxidil are clinically proven and licensed by the UK medical body the MHRA and approved by its US counterpart, the FDA.
Alongside these primary medications, hair growth boosters such as the LaserComb and Belgravia’s recommended daily dietary supplement Hair Vitalics, can be added to treatment programmes with the aim of boosting regrowth and maintaining healthy and vibrant hair.
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, it may be time to message the centre for a free consultation so you can take professional hair loss advice from one of Belgravia’s specialists.
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.