YouTube vlogger Perry O'Bree recently opened up about his experiences with premature Male Pattern Baldness (MPB - also known as androgenetic alopecia). In the heartfelt video, he talks about when he first noticed his hair thinning and how to feel confident about the whole hair loss process.
His video dismisses the idea that the condition is simply a process of ageing, as he first noticed his thinning hair when he was 20 years old. He is part of a growing wave of body positive young people who are recognising hair loss and discussing their personal experiences with it. He also revealed that he's a big fan of the Belgravia blog which was great to hear!
O'Bree first noticed signs of hair loss in between his second and third year at university, which has since grown more visible. He became incredibly self-conscious of his thinning on top, explaining "I had a mental breakdown, I didn't know what to do with myself. I didn't talk to anybody at first... It was a really, really hard time". He continued, "it's very hard to deal with and I've had many a tear over it".
This point - that losing your hair can lower self-esteem - often gets lost among all the science. His solution? Acknowledging that hairloss doesn't have to be a bad thing. He insists, "it's just something that you have to embrace. Hair loss happens . . . and it's just life".
Importantly, he reminds us that those with the Male Pattern Baldness are not alone - far from it. "There are so many people out there that suffer from hair loss and I'm one of so many people going through it," says the #PerryPresents personality. In fact, of all hair loss conditions, androgenetic alopecia is the most common, and it is estimated that around 50 per cent of men will be affected by it by the time they reach their 50th birthday.
Contrary to the idea that balding is a product of old age, it can develop at any time following puberty in those with the relevant genetic predisposition. Since it is genetic, it is passed down from generation to generation, which explains why both his father and grandfather have experienced it.
Despite being more historically common among men in their 30's and 40's, the condition is on the rise in the late teens to 20's age group. Numerous studies have suggested that lifestyle factors, including an unbalanced diet and smoking, can result trigger shedding. Oxidative stress has recently been confirmed as a contributing factor to early-onset male pattern hair loss. Continues below...
Perry uses numerous styling techniques to conceal his thinning hair. However, given that Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent condition, he admits that there might come a point in time where he will explore his options further, namely choosing between a hair transplant or embracing a shaved head.
It is important to remember this step doesn't need to be seen in a negative light - taking ownership of a bald head can be hugely empowering. One study discovered that while 52 per cent of men thought women would not find a bald head attractive, only 13 per cent would be concerned if their partner lost their hair.
Admittedly, not everyone can rock the bald look like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and may not feel comfortable letting go of their hair.
There are two medically-proven, non-surgical male hair loss treatments that have been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. These medications can be used on their own, or together, and often form the cornerstones of men's hair loss solutions.
The first, finasteride 1mg, is a once-a-day tablet which acts as a DHT blocker; DHT is the hormone which binds to the sensitive follicles along the top of the scalp, crown and hairline in genetically predisposed men and women, gradually shrinking them and causing increasingly thinning hair. This can be prescribed to medically-suitable men aged 18 and over.
The second, high-strength minoxidil, is a topical treatment which is available in a number of different formulations. Its action involves improving blood circulation to targeted areas in order to actively promote hair growth.
It is worth remembering that not all shedding is caused by the same condition. A professional consultation can provide a diagnosis and help people to work through any potential hair loss queries - many Belgravia patients find that simply discussing what options are available to them can be a huge relief. Take a leaf out of Perry's book and remember: "hair loss happens, and it's ok".
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