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Why do men go bald?

HairocraftBaldness occurs when certain factors interfere with this natural process of hair loss and replacement, preventing new hair from growing and replacing hair that has fallen out. According to a recent research, men are more prone to baldness because of androgenic alopecia, or what we call Male-Pattern Baldness, which results in hair loss to the front and top of the hair.

For many men, hair loss on the scalp has been the underlying factor affecting self-esteem and confidence. Keeping this in mind, let’s understand the most common causes related to male pattern baldness.

Genetics – Male-pattern baldness tends to be the result of genetics. The condition can be inherited from either parent. It results in high amounts of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that disrupt normal growth patterns of the hair follicles, causing hair follicles to die. Genetics cause hair follicles to become sensitive to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a byproduct of testosterone. The follicles begin to grow smaller and their life span shorter, eventually falling out altogether.

Hormones – Men who are predisposed to male pattern baldness inherit hair follicles that are over-sensitive to DHT. When testosterone is converted to DHT, it shrinks hair follicles. In turn, this result in thinner and finer hair until hair growth eventually stops altogether. Other hormonal conditions such as, thyroid hormone, high or low levels, can make men lose their hair.

Age – Your chances of developing male pattern baldness increase with age, but it’s most likely to start between your late teens and the time you hit 45.

Malnutrition – Low-protein diets, or iron and vitamin deficiency may make men go bald. A healthy diet with protein and lots of leafy green vegetables may reverse hair loss.

Severe illness, Stress – Some men go bald several months after a major surgery, and may not be able to regrow lost hair. Intense stress has also been shown to cause some hair loss in men. Systemic diseases often affect hair growth either selectively or by altering the skin of the scalp.

 Treatments for baldness

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While baldness is a universal problem, the cause of baldness varies across individual needs. Depending on the actual state of baldness, it requires careful review, analysis and a holistic and comprehensive treatment approach.

The most common and effective treatment for baldness includes hair transplantation. However, if transplantation is done in the early stages of hair loss, continuous progression can lead to an unsightly appearance.

The right candidate for hair transplantation should have enough hair in the donor site and good estimate of how much hair they will lose from the condition.

When the first signs of hair loss occur, a much better option is to start treatment with drugs such as Topical Minoxidil , is a topical drug which has been reported to regrow hair in both men and women. Finasteride is another substance with impressive results in hair loss therapy. However, when these are combined together, the results are more effective.

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