Male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is a common condition that affects many men as they age. It is characterized by a gradual thinning of hair on the top of the head and a receding hairline. The condition is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. Men who are genetically predisposed to hair loss have higher levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in their scalps. DHT is a derivative of testosterone and is responsible for hair loss. It binds to hair follicles and causes them to shrink, resulting in thinner and weaker hair. Over time, the hair follicles may stop producing hair altogether, leading to baldness. The extent and pattern of hair loss can vary from person to person. Some men may experience a receding hairline, while others may experience a thinning crown. In some cases, men may experience both. The rate of hair loss can also vary, with some men losing hair quickly and others losing hair slowly over time. Although male pattern hair loss is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a significant impact on a man’s self-esteem and confidence.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
While having to lose your hair can be an extremely daunting and worrisome situation, the fact is you can still cope with it and manage it somehow. Medical treatment isn’t necessary if other health conditions aren’t a cause. However, treatments are available for men who are unhappy with the way they look and would like the appearance of a fuller head of hair. One thing to adopt is to look for hairstyles that suit you. Men with limited hair loss can sometimes hide hair loss with the right haircut or hairstyle. Ask your hairstylist for a creative cut that will make thinning hair look fuller. You can try different wigs which can cover thinning hair, receding hairlines, and complete baldness. They come in a variety of styles, colors, and textures. For a natural look, choose wig colors, styles, and textures that look similar to your original hair. Professional wig stylists can help style and fit wigs for an even more natural look. Hair weaves are wigs that are sewn into your natural hair. You must have enough hair to sew the weave into. The advantage of weaves is they always stay on, even during activities such as swimming, showering, and sleeping. The disadvantages are they must be sewn again whenever new hair growth occurs, and the sewing process can damage your natural hair.
Then of course there is the option of a hair transplant. A hair transplant is the most invasive and expensive treatment for hair loss. Hair transplants work by removing hair from areas of the scalp that have active hair growth and transplanting them to thinning or balding areas of your scalp. Multiple treatments are often necessary, and the procedure carries the risk of scarring and infection. The advantages of a hair transplant are that it looks more natural and it’s permanent. Finally, go for counseling to cope with the change. Because going bald can be a big change. You may have trouble accepting your appearance. You should seek counseling if you experience anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, or other emotional problems because of male pattern baldness.
LIVING WITH MALE PATTERN BALDNESS
Many men accept male pattern baldness as a normal part of aging. Some men, especially those experiencing hair loss at a younger age, may find that hair loss affects their confidence and makes them feel less attractive. If you are struggling to come to terms with male pattern baldness, you might wish to share your feelings with someone you trust, like a friend or your partner, or a professional counselor or psychologist. Taking a more positive view of aging may help you embrace your new pattern of hair growth. Male pattern baldness can be viewed as a sign of maturity, masculinity and wisdom. You may also like to take this opportunity to try a new hairstyle or hat or headwear. Alternatively, you may choose to shave your remaining hair and celebrate your new look. If you are experiencing hair loss or baldness, it’s important to make sure your scalp is protected from the sun. Apply sunscreen to your head regularly, or wear a hat, to reduce the chance of developing skin cancer.