Is your hair thinning? You are not alone. According to Web MD nearly 85% of men will have major hair thinning by the time they are 50. Some guys start to lose their hair before they turn 21. Male pattern baldness can begin as early as the teenage years, but most commonly occurs in adult men and can take 15-25 years to go bald.
Causes of Male Pattern Baldness
The main cause of male pattern baldness is genetics. It is inherited through the family’s genes and DNA. Men who have close relatives on the maternal side of the family with male pattern baldness are at a higher risk than other men. Another factor baldness in men is taking too much of the chemical hormone, Dihydrotestosterone or DHT, which causes thinning and baldness. More recently, research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with men’s sex hormones called androgens, which has many functions including regulating hair growth.
How It Starts
The hair on our heads have a specific growth cycle that is a product of our hormones and genes. With male pattern baldness, the growth cycle weakens producing finer and less strands of hair. Over time the actual growth cycle for that specific hair ends and no new hair grows in its place.
What You Can Do
There is no known way to prevent male pattern baldness. But there are many different approaches to treatment from holistic to medical that are offered.
- Wearing a baseball cap will not bring on male pattern baldness. Neither will combing, brushing, running fingers through the hair, twisting or styling hair.
- One theory is that reducing stress by participating in relaxing activities will slow the hormones that speed up male pattern baldness.
- Hair loss doesn’t signal a medical problem and doesn’t harm a man’s health. But worrying about it how it affects one’s “looks” is very common.
- According to Web MD, there is a clean link between lighting up a cigarette and how fast male pattern baldness gets worse.
- Eating correctly might help. Eating protein-rich foods and healthy fats can make the hair that is there thicker and shinier. Consuming protein-filled food including spinach, chicken, fish, eggs and pork are just a few items that can help the hair look better.
- Remember that hair doesn’t make the man. Take care of things that you can control like being healthy and staying in shape.
Just because a man is bald or his hair is thinning doesn't mean he can't enjoy a facial massage or a scalp massage. Stop in to Men’s Cuts and ask about our hair products including Bosley shampoo for men as well as a Bosley Hair thickening powder. These products are great to add the appearance of thicker hair in those areas that are thinning. Bosley performs hair restorations that is natural looking, permanent with a fast recovery time. There is a Bosley location in Beachwood where hair surgical treatments are performed.
Men’s Hairstyles for Thinning Hair
For men that are losing their hair, there is a way to compensate by changing up your hairstyle that goes with the baldness pattern instead of having that work against you. There are many hairstyles that work well for thinning hair. One of the biggest mistakes that men make when their hair starts to thin is to fill in the gaps by growing their hair longer. However, the truth is that the shorter the hair, the more the chances of camouflaging the loss of the hair. One style is having longer hair with more volume on top and then slicking back the hair. This is a good choice for men whose hair is just beginning to recede at the crown.
Another great hair style for thinning hair is the messy hair style. This look works because the hair goes in all direction covering the scalp. The undercut hairstyle, which is still extremely popular works well for this long with short sides and bad and longer hair at the top and at the hairline. Spikey hair is not good for thinning hair as it makes is seem even thinner. Some might opt to buzz the hair very short or entirely shave the head to combat thinning hair.
Men’s Cuts Can Help
Consult with your hair stylists to find hair styles that are more suitable for your specific hair loss and your face. The stylists at Men’s Cuts are here to help men with limited hair loss find a style that can hide hair loss. Make an appointment today to see how you can look your best through hair loss.