The likelihood of hair loss – especially due to male pattern baldness – is just part of aging for the majority of men. We're all used to seeing the familiar horseshoe pattern of hair on men who are losing their hair. The good news is that men don't have to just live with hair loss anymore. If your hair is thinning or you're already losing your hair, it's important to devote some attention to it.
When you take a bit of time to learn about your hair loss and the solutions that would work best for you, you give yourself the best chance of minimizing loss and making the most of your remaining hair. By verifying the cause of your hair loss, you can be certain there's nothing more serious behind your problem. Find out about hair loss and the modern solutions. You won't regret it. You deserve the opportunity to take control over your hair loss.
Causes of Hair Loss
No matter what's causing your hair loss, the professionals at LH Hair can help you. We know the best treatments and techniques for combating hair loss and restoring your hair to all its original glory.
Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia)
Androgenetic Alopecia is the formal name for male pattern baldness. This hereditary condition is the reason behind 95% of men's hair loss. In this condition, a hormone attacks the hair follicles. At first, hairs begin to thin due to reduced blood flow and a lack of nutrition. The growing phase of the hair growth cycle becomes shorter, and hair becomes rooted more superficially. Eventually hair follicles can die, causing no further hair to be produced at the site of hair loss. A history of Androgenetic Alopecia on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the speed, pattern and extent at which your baldness progresses.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. Its cause is unknown, but people who develop alopecia areata tend to generally be in good health. This condition usually starts with patchy hair loss on the scalp but can progress to total hair loss on the scalp or even all over the body. Some scientists believe that some people are genetically predisposed to develop alopecia areata and that a trigger, such as a virus, sets off the condition. A family history of this disease makes you more likely to develop it. With alopecia areata, your hair generally grows back, but you may lose and regrow your hair a number of times.
This type of hair loss involves a change in your normal hair growth cycle. It may occur when a physical or emotional shock causes hair roots to prematurely enter the resting state. After the affected hairs fall out, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen Effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family or a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, extreme diets, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it has been corrected, but this usually takes months.
A variety of medical treatments can interrupt the hair growth cycle and cause hair loss. Chemotherapy or radiation therapy can cause temporary hair loss, and in those situations LH Hair can be of great help in planning for, managing, and getting through the hair replacement process. Diseases including Lupus and thyroid disorders also cause temporary or permanent hair loss, as can infections of the scalp and some prescription medications.
Having inadequate protein, iron, or other nutrients in your diet can cause you to experience hair loss. Fad diets, crash diets, and certain illnesses, such as eating disorders, can lead to the types of nutrition problems that cause hair loss.
The First Step Toward a Solution
Knowing the cause of your hair loss is the first step in treating it effectively. If poor nutrition or stress is causing you to lose your hair, then proper treatment may include lifestyle changes that could help you regrow your hair naturally. If the cause of your hair loss is genetic predisposition or a medical condition and it is likely that it will not improve over time, then we will seek a more permanent way to create the final look you want to achieve.
Hair loss is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. Hair replacement therapy is a great option for those who want to regain a beautiful, healthy looking head of hair, no matter what caused the loss.