Male pattern baldness is the genetic form of going bald and the most frequent reason for hair loss among men. It is also known as androgenic alopecia and affects approximately 25 percent of men by age 30. By age 60, nearly two-thirds of men will have some degree of male pattern baldness.
Common Forms of Hair Loss and why it happens
Baldness mostly occurs because of a natural steroid and hormone combination named DHT. When hair follicles come in contact with DHT they become weakened and shrink. If nothing is done to inhibit the DHT, the follicles inevitably become so small and weak they can longer produce or hold hair. Hence, male pattern baldness is often somewhat gradual because it is not so much of a massive loss of hair as it is a lack of growing hair back.
There are other forms of hair loss including telogen effluvium. This is when large amounts of hair fall out at once. Sometimes, you will see a rapid and noticeable thinning within a few months. Unlike the pattern baldness that usually occurs on the top of the scalp, telogen effluvium usually occurs throughout the entire scalp. Reasons for this kind of hair loss are mostly due to stress and sudden hormonal changes.
Help for Male Pattern Baldness and Hair Loss
Hair loss of any kind can be emotionally and financially devastating. Thankfully, there has been much research done to help those who suffer with all types of alopecia.
Leading a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and eating a nutrient rich diet will certainly help. Vitamins A, B, C and E are all commonly found nutrients that you need for healthy hair and skin. Even if DHT begins to take over, you will have a better chance at keeping follicles alive even if they are dormant if you have healthy skin.
Exercise increases circulation which is great to get the blood pumping and help keep follicles healthy. In addition, make sure you use a gentle and effective shampoo that will clean the scalp of excess sebum and other things that can clog follicles. Doing some light massaging to get the blood really pumping on the scalp is also great for keeping healthy follicles.
Sometimes, doing all this is not enough. That is when it's time to look into products specifically made to inhibit or halt DHT. Various options are available. Topical forms can be quite effective and work directly at the follicle level, usually by blocking the formation of the DHT. Other topical variations, such as specialized shampoos may work mostly by cleaning the follicle from DHT, sebum and other forms of blockage. When used together, they are twice as effective.
Even though hair loss is a common problem for men, it does not make it any easier to deal with. If you are a man who does not want to see his hair go away for good, you do not have to. For many, there are solutions and finding the right combination that will work for you will be well worth the effort!