Is the hair on your head becoming a distant memory? You are not alone. Male hair loss is common and while it is usually permanent, it isn’t a curse. In fact, going bald can increase your sex appeal. Just take a look at Bruce Willis, Dwane ‘The Rock” Johnson, LL Cool J, Patrick Stewart, Andre Agassi, ’Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Charles Barkley. These men all have plenty of coolness and swagger, without any hair on their heads.
OK, so you have questions. We understand! Keep reading to learn what causes hair loss and what can be done about it.
Common Causes of Baldness
There are numerous causes of hair loss. Some lead to permanent baldness, while others are temporary conditions. Here is a list of the most common causes of hair loss in men.
1) Androgenetic Alopecia – also called male-pattern baldness – is the most common cause of hair loss in men. It’s a genetic condition that results in permanent hair loss. The hair loss starts above the temples and progresses to a “M” pattern of hair loss. Androgenic hair loss can lead to partial or complete hair loss.
2) Alopecia Areata – a disease where the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in round patches of hair loss. The hair may grow back, but often falls out again.
3) Scalp Infections – Certain skin infections, such as ringworm, can cause hair loss. Once the infections is cured, the hair generally grows back.
4) Skin Disorders – Certain skin disorders, such aslichen planus and lupus, can cause scarring on the scalp, which can lead topermanenthair loss.
5) Thyroid Problems – Thyroid disorders can cause hair thinning or loss. Once the thyroid disorder is treated, the hair generally grows back.
6. Medications – Certain medications – such as those used to treat cancer, arthritis, heart problems and arthritis – may cause temporary hair loss. Once the medications are discontinued, the hair generally grows back.
Common Treatments for Baldness
Hair loss caused by alopecial areata, scalp infections, skin disorders, thyroid problems and medications can often be resolved with medical treatment. Andorgenic alopecia, the most common cause of hair loss, is not caused by a medical disorder, however ,there are a couple of treatments you can try, which may or may not work for you. These treatments include:
Shampoos – These are typically over-the-counter topical products that you apply to your scalp. In some people, they can cause hair regrowth, however, the product must be used continually to maintain hair regrowth results.
Oral Medications – Pills have been developed that may slow hair loss and cause new hair growth in some people.
Hair Transplants – This surgery is performed on men who have partial hair loss. The doctor surgically removes hair follicles from one part of the head (usually the back) and transplants them to the another part of the head (usually the top). The surgery may need to be repeated as hair loss naturally progresses.
Scalp Reduction – In this surgery, the doctor removes the bald areas of the scalp, and closes up the area with hair-covered areas of the scalp.
When To Embrace Baldness
If your hair loss isn’t caused by a medical condition and is just plain ole hereditary male-patterned baldness, you may want to just embrace it. Skip the wigs and comb overs. These are a thing of the past. They won’t fool anyone and will only make you look less confident.
Want more inspiration to go natural? Tyson Beckford was voted one of the“50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People Magazine.
Read more about alopecia and male baldness in Vitals Patient Guide.