Hair loss in men is more common than you might think and nothing to be ashamed of. Although it is a natural part of the aging process, there are many causes of hair loss in men. Let's take a look at the 8 most common causes of hair loss in men and what you can do to restore your full head of hair.
Genetics (Male Pattern Baldness)
Also known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness is hereditary. Male pattern baldness typically starts with a receding hairline. Over time the hair becomes shorter and thinner until the hair follicle quits producing hair altogether. Looking at how the males in your family have experienced male pattern baldness is a good indication of the age and rate at which you will experience androgenetic alopecia.
The right solution for you depends on how advanced your hair loss is. For instance, the answer may be as simple as a different cut that sufficiently disguises hair loss and thinning. For those who are experiencing significant hair loss, a non-surgical hair graft is an option.
Alopecia areata is a disease of the immune system that causes hair to fall out in small patches. Hair loss is a result of the immune system attacking the hair follicles. Although there is not a cure for alopecia areata, the use of corticosteroids to suppress the immune system may help promote natural hair regrowth.
A common cause of hair loss in men is infections. Infections that cause a really high fever, can cause hair loss as well as fungal infections of the skin. Bacterial infections can also be a culprit of hair loss. In most cases, the treatment of the underlying infection will stop hair loss and may promote the normal growth of hair.
A change in hormones can have an effect on your hair and cause hair thinning and hair loss. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a form of testosterone that is found in hair. For those whose hair follicles are sensitive to DHT, even the smallest amounts can cause hair loss. The hormonal changes associated with prolonged hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can lead to hair thinning or hair loss. Typically, undergoing thyroid treatment and restoring the hormonal balance in the body can help with hair loss and thinning.
The Use of Medications
Hair loss is a known side effect of certain medications used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart conditions
The good news is that once you stop taking these medications, hair loss may cease and normal hair growth should resume.
Eating a well-balanced diet and consuming adequate quantities of vitamins and minerals is essential to a healthy body, including hair growth. Engaging in restrictive diets or maintaining a poor diet can cause premature hair loss.
If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, correcting the deficiency will correct the problem and restore natural hair growth.
Men who must undergo chemotherapy may experience hair loss. It’s important to note not all chemotherapy drugs will cause hair loss. However, if you do experience hair loss, the hair will more than likely grow back after chemotherapy treatment is completed. However, there is a chance that the hair may not grow back in the same way as before.
If this is the case, don't despair. Hair restoration treatments are an excellent option as is a cranial hair prosthesis if chemotherapy has caused total hair loss.
Traumatic Stress Inducing Events
Extreme physical and emotional stress can cause hair loss. Traumatic events include life-altering events such as:
- Birth of a child
- Loss of a loved one
- Change in career
This type of hair loss tends to be temporary, and once the stressors go away, hair growth can return to normal.
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