What can men do when they’re approaching their 60s and their beautiful natural hair starts to turn gray and fall out? A bald cue ball head is usually unappealing to the opposite sex, and probably a huge blow to your confidence level. So are there actually effective hair loss solutions out there that work?
There are many factors that cause men to lose hair, for example genetics, stress, aging, trauma to the hair, and certain drugs or diseases. Almost 95% of hair loss comes from heredity. In other words, if someone in your family has lost their hair, like your dad, mom, grandpa, or grandma, then you could have inherited the genetic tendency to lose your hair. Stress, and things like mental stressors, illness, and surgery can cause extreme hair loss. Most people over 50 have problems with their hair falling out because their hair follicles are becoming less effective. Thus, the aging process can take a toll on your hair. Even though this won’t apply to most men, there can be certain things which make it harder on the hair like combing or styling, forceful brushing, hair dyes or straightening products, or botched bleach jobs can cause trauma to the hair, and then result in extreme hair loss. However, the most common cause for men to lose hair is male pattern baldness which is triggered by genetic factors.
There are ways to prevent hair loss from happening in the first place, but if you’re one of the unfortunate ones who are already beginning to lose hair, then the following tips may help you out.
There are only two FDA-approved drugs to treat hair loss, and they are Rogaine and Propecia. Both of these products stop the hair from thinning any further, and they increase the hair coverage on the scalp. They have different mechanisms of action. Propecia cuts down on the conversion of testosterone into DHT, and DHT is a hormone that shrinks the size of hair follicles. Rogaine stimulates the growth of new hair follicles. Neither of these medications will fully regrow your hair, and their effectiveness depends on the individual response rates, extent of the hair loss, and cause of the hair loss. The drugs also take a couple of months to have an effect.
Wigs & Weaves
If someone has medical problems or allergies that interfere with their ability to take drugs, or they don’t want to go through with hair replacement surgery, then he can choose a weave, wig, or toupee. Specialty wig shops have realistic-looking pieces that are made from real human hair. That’s almost as good as the real thing, if no one knows.
Hair transplantation is a kind of hair replacement that’s permanent. Anyone who’s undergone permanent hair loss might be a good candidate for hair transplantation surgery. The surgical transplantation of hair follicles is extremely simple, and it is an outpatient procedure that anyone can feel comfortable with doing. However, the procedure would require a lot of patience and can be quite costly.
Losing your hair can be very frustrating and it is important for every man to know what the reasons for their hair loss are and determine the right solution for treatment.