We’re learning more today than ever before about female hair loss issues, but it doesn’t require a research study to notice that hair loss is more common in men. Experts call it male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), but what are the reasons why so many men of all ages lose their hair?
Androgenetic alopecia tends to run in families. As its name suggests, it’s all about genetics. Since both men and women can experience androgenetic alopecia, why do men have male-pattern hair loss more than women?
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen that shrinks hair follicles making it difficult for healthy hair to live, is found in testosterone; and since men naturally have more testosterone, they also make more DHT.
Because hormone production peaks in our teen years, the start of androgenetic alopecia can begin as early as puberty. This is why we encounter some young men with what we call “premature balding”. The risk of alopecia increases with age however, and it is normally at the onset of middle-age that men begin to see significant amounts of hair loss. The American Hair Loss Association reports that by age 35, two-thirds of all men will have lost at least a small amount of their hair, and by age 50, many will experience noticeable thinning or complete baldness.
In order to slow the process, it’s best for men to avoid some of the popular braided styles of today that tug at the hair follicles, like cornrow braids or synthetic dreadlocks. It is also best not to inflame the hair follicles by adding chemicals and dyes to the scalp. Men dealing with androgenetic alopecia should be wary of product claims that promise to grow hair back, but should seek more realistic options instead.
At NM Hair replacement studio, we’ve been helping men successfully restore their hair with our minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure for over two decades. Want to learn more about how our procedure can replenish your hair and your self-esteem? Give us a call today for a consultation.