Hair loss. Two pretty disheartening words for even the toughest of men. Although hair loss in men is commonplace, that doesn’t make it any less discouraging for the person experiencing it. Losing your hair can really shake your confidence and be just plain depressing.

Hair loss in men can be caused by a number of different factors—but one is more common than all the others. That’s androgenetic alopecia—or, as it’s most commonly known, male pattern baldness. Research indicates that this condition comprises the majority of all male hair loss. As common as this condition may be, it’s something that most men don’t fully understand. It’s worth taking a minute to review what androgenetic alopecia is and how it impacts the growth of your hair.

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Your follicles grow hair according to a natural rhythm—one that alternates between growth and rest phases. It’s normal for any given follicle to shed and to rest as a part of this cycle—but trouble comes when the rest phases are prolonged, or when the normal growth stage is made less productive. A hormone called DHT—which is a byproduct of testosterone—can cause your follicles to lose their normal, healthy rhythm—meaning you’re growing less and shedding more. This, basically, is what male pattern hair loss is.

While androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness is responsible for the vast majority of hair loss in men, there are other causes of male hair loss to be aware of. Certain medical conditions such as scalp infections, thyroid disease, or various autoimmune disorders can cause temporary or permanent hair loss.

And, while you may not be given this information with your prescription, you need to know that hair loss can be a side effect of certain drugs, such as those used for cancer treatment, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure.

Nutritional deficiencies may also impact both hair structure and hair growth in men. A diet rich in iron, zinc, essential fatty acids, niacin (vitamin B3) and biotin (vitamin B7) may help prevent or slow down hair loss. Then again, ingesting vitamin and mineral supplements in the absence of a deficiency may actually worsen hair loss, rather than help it. For instance, excess selenium and vitamin A have both been linked to hair loss.

Another cause of hair loss that affects many individuals is stress. If you have experienced sudden or excessive weight loss, major surgery, divorce, or a death in the family, it could affect the health of your hair. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and often occurs months after the trauma. Once the stress is under control, your hair is likely to grow back.

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As you can see, there are many reasons for hair loss in men, some that you probably hadn’t expected. When you lose your hair – for whatever reason—it can be devastating. Hair loss isn’t something you have to settle for. Take the first step and schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation with one of our hair replacement specialists in our Auburn Hills studio and learn about the reason for your hair loss and the options available.