The moment we reach our teens, skin problems become a huge problem for almost everyone. And when we in our mid twenties think it is time to say goodbye to pesky acne breakouts and breakouts, hair problems crop up!
Well hello adulthood!
But does growing up always come at the expense of hair loss and hair loss? And the most important…
Does hair loss mean baldness?
For most Indian men, no matter how well you take care of your mane, hair thinning and hair loss are inevitable, resulting in male baldness. Because not everyone is gifted with good genes, you see!
That said, hair loss is a natural aging process and it is normal to lose some hair from your scalp every day, around 100 strands. However, if you are in your twenties or early thirties and your hair is thinning and falling out faster than usual, you may go bald or have androgenetic alopecia.
But the good news is that it’s treatable and, in most cases, preventable too.
In this article, we will examine the possible causes and symptoms of baldness in men and identify some successful treatment options.
What is androgenetic alopecia?
While we understand baldness as the total loss or absence of hair on the scalp, androgenetic alopecia, also known as male baldness, is a common form of hair loss in men in which hair is lost in a well-defined pattern. The hair begins to thin and the hairline begins to pull back over both temples, gradually forming an “M” shape.
According to the American Hair Loss Council, androgenetic alopecia is the cause of 95% of male baldness cases.
5 therapies to treat baldness
From oral medications to stimulate hair growth to cosmetic and technology-based therapies for reinserting sections of hair into the scalp, there are several treatment options for baldness today. Here are some successful options for you to consider:
1. Hair transplant
Hair transplantation is a surgical method of hair treatment in which the surgeon removes existing hair (grafts) mainly on the back of the head and reinserts it into the bald areas of your scalp.
Clinical studies have shown that about 90-95% of all implanted grafts grow easily in the transplanted area, making hair transplantation a successful and popular method of treating male pattern baldness.
2. Scalp enlargement
This surgical treatment uses a balloon tissue expander to stretch areas of the scalp where hair has completely stopped growing. The expander is surgically inserted under the scalp and filled with saline solution for six to ten weeks. The stretched tissue is used to cover bald spots as it usually contains hair. While this procedure may require more than 2-3 sessions and multiple visits to the doctor, a major benefit of scalp tissue expansion is that it creates new hairy scalp.
3. Valve surgery
Flap surgery is a faster option to set hair in bald areas. During this surgical treatment, a hairy flap of skin is removed from part of the scalp and attached to a bald area. If there are gaps between the lobes, hair transplants will repair them to coat your scalp immediately.
4. Laser therapy
Laser therapy is a more painless and very effective treatment option to stimulate hair growth. This technique, also called red light therapy, uses low-energy pulses of light that stimulate the hair follicles to encourage new hair growth and minimize hair loss.
5. Protein-rich plasma (PRP) injections
PRP injection therapy has become one of the most popular methods of treating androgenetic alopecia. In this treatment, concentrated platelets are taken from your blood and injected into bald spots on your scalp. This protein-rich plasma treatment promotes hair growth.
6 home remedies for hair loss
While surgical therapies are best at treating bald spots caused by androgenetic alopecia, there are other lifestyle factors that can lead to hair loss as well. If you are experiencing hair loss due to factors such as diet, lack of sleep, medical conditions, stress, home remedies can help to resolve this problem.
There are some home remedies and natural supplements that you can take to prevent hair loss and also slow down the balding process.
1. Apply aloe vera gel
We know aloe vera as a traditional home remedy for relieving skin problems, but it can also do a lot of good for your hair. Aloe vera gel is packed with proteins and vitamins that nourish the hair follicles, make them strong, and help reduce hair loss.
Aloe vera is also very effective in reducing dandruff and making hair healthy and voluminous.
2. Use an egg mask
Eggs are rich in biotin and vitamin B complex, which help strengthen the hair roots. The nutrients and protein in eggs also stimulate new hair growth and improve hair structure. Aside from including eggs in your daily diet, you can apply eggs directly as a hair mask to strengthen the hair shaft and make it soft and shiny.
3. Consume fish oil
Fish oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are superfoods for healthy hair and which nourish the hair from the inside. It also improves hair quality, makes it thicker and prevents hair loss. Omega 3 also helps boost immunity.
4. Take ginseng
Ginseng contains ginsenosides that stimulate hair follicles and encourage new hair growth. It can be taken as a supplement to provide your hair with the right nutrients.
5. Apply onion juice
According to studies, onion juice is highly effective in promoting hair growth and slowing down the rate of androgenetic alopecia. It improves blood flow to the hair follicles and promotes keratin production.
6. Massage with coconut oil
Massaging your scalp with coconut oil can do wonders for your hair. It stimulates blood circulation and relieves stress, which reduces hair loss and promotes hair growth.
Coconut oil also has fatty acids that penetrate deep into your hair shaft and can prevent protein loss from your hair, making it silky and shiny.
Oral medications used to treat hair loss
There are several oral medicinal formulations known to promote hair regrowth and slow the process of balding. One of the most effective and popular is Minoxidil or Rogaine. It is a topical OTC (over-the-counter drug) formulation that can be used by both men and women to encourage hair regrowth.
Finasteride is another prescription drug that is primarily prescribed for male baldness. It slows down the hair loss process and encourages new hair growth.
Dos & Don’ts for Hair Loss Prevention
Follow these tips to prevent hair loss and reduce your risk of baldness:
- Avoid tight hairstyles like ponytails or braids as these can damage your hair follicles.
- Limit the use of styling tools like straighteners and hair dryers. Excessive heat exposure can cause root damage.
- Don’t use too many styling products. Avoid excessive use of hair wax and hair gels.
- Eat healthy. A diet that is deficient in a variety of nutrients can lead to hair loss.
- Quit smoking as studies have shown that it can lead to hair loss.
- If you are undergoing treatment and you experience hair loss, contact your doctor and change medication.
- Avoid excessive resistance and strength training exercises
Frequently asked questions about baldness
Can hair loss lead to baldness?
Thinning hair cannot always lead to baldness. Sometimes the hair shaft grows thinner than before and falls off, allowing new hair to grow. However, if the hair no longer grows back in the fallen scalp areas, this can soon lead to baldness.
At what age does balding begin?
Men can start losing hair as early as the age of 21. However, this will vary from case to case and there is no set age at which baldness will start. But 25% of men who have genetic hair loss start going bald by the age of 21.
How long does it take to get bald?
While hair thinning can start earlier, it can take anywhere from 5 to 25 years for a man to go completely bald.
Can wearing hats cause hair loss?
Contrary to popular belief, wearing caps or hats or even shampooing frequently are not responsible for balding. However, as a trendy accessory, it comes in handy to cover up male pattern baldness.
The bottom line
Hope you find this article helpful and answer most of your questions about baldness in men. Make the necessary lifestyle changes to address the problem before it occurs, or go through the surgical route if the hair loss is really severe. Talk to your dermatologist and decide which surgical treatment is best for you.
However, we encourage you to boldly embrace your baldness and make the right fashion choices to use your baldness to your advantage. Did you know that science has shown that most people consider bald men to be more attractive and dominant? They stand out, look stronger, are a little meaner, and a little more powerful than other average men.
So, just take it easy and contact us if you need grooming or fashion advice.