Male Hair Loss
Male hair loss is more difficult to treat than female hair loss. There are many reasons for this and we will cover some of them here.
Men are more genetically disposed to hair loss.
Sadly this is true in it is more noticeable. Women tend to have either hair that’s thinning or develop patches of hair loss. Men on the other hand suffer from a receding hair line and usually a balding crown. This is commonly known as male pattern baldness. Unfortunately there isn’t one fits all male pattern hair loss treatment that works otherwise it’s manufacturers would be extremely rich and famous!
The genes complicate things. It’s a known scientific fact that the more members of your immediate family that are bald or balding the higher is the likelihood that you will go that way too. However it seems that it’s the ‘triggers’ that initiate the balding that are inherited so you may ‘escape’ the hair loss because of this!
It’s because of this uncertainty that cures for baldness are notoriously a hit and miss affair and that there are so many disappointed and sometimes irate customers of these hair regrowth products that don’t seem to do as they claim!
There is no cure!
No matter what people tell you you have to realize that there is no cure for baldness. The treatments that you see advertised treat and control the symptoms i.e. the balding and are designed to reduce the hair thinning and promote regrowth. Anyone who has experienced successful hair growth treatment, other than hair transplants will tell you that once you start the treatment you have to continue otherwise the hair loss starts again. This therefore is not a cure but ‘treatment’!
When you realize this then things get a little clearer.
The causes and the treatment.
The cause, well that could be anything or combination of factors. As I said before most men who experience hair loss have androgenetic alopecia which refers to the genetic influence. However the most successful treatments that are available treat the chemical imbalance in the follicle itself.
The major cause of the follicle to stop producing hair growth is the interference of DHT (Dihydotestosterone) which is formed from the combination of the alpha 5 enzyme present in your scalp and it’s reaction to testosterone. The new compound DHT then forms within the follicle ‘choking’ off hair regeneration.
The most successful treatments therefore are those which which ‘block’ the formation of DHT. There are some products which do this by attacking the testosterone in the body and this is not the preferred route as the testosterone should be targeted as near to the scalp or in the follicle. These products are often very strong and will cause the hair to regrow on the scalp but also in ‘other’ places as well i.e. excessive nose hair, ear hair, eyebrows and armpit hair! The other thing about some of these drugs is that many of them are not FDA approved! So beware!
Look for treatments that have Minoxidil, Rogaine (FDA approved conventional drugs) for hair regrowth these will provide you with some modicum of treatment. The thing is to consider here is that male hair loss is treatable but that the best result you may get is that your hair ceases to thin out any more. So the earlier you get treatment the better!