Everyone loses hair daily as the hair follicle cycle ends. Each cycle includes a growing phase, a transition phase, and a resting phase. After the resting phase, the hair will fall out and new hair will grow. However, some people lose much more hair than normal on a daily basis. In addition to losing more hair, the hair does not regenerate, leading to thinner, or no hair. There are different causes for hair loss. It is generally seen as a negative thing to lose hair and many men are searching for ways to prevent hair loss or to regrow hair that has already been lost. If a man starts to notice that he has excessive hair loss, he is likely to start looking for solutions.
Of the many causes of hair loss, one cause could be that a man (or woman) is suffering from a skin condition. A common skin condition that causes hair loss is seborrheic dermatitis, in which a lot of sebum is produced and causes hair to thin out. The most common cause of hair loss is male pattern baldness. It includes hair receding from the forehead (in Mexico, they call this the “Stadium entrances”), and thinning at the top of the head. It seems to affect about 75% of men and almost 60% of women over 80 years old. Hair loss is definitely genetic, but while it was once believed that male pattern baldness was inherited by the mother’s father, it is now believed that both parents’ genes play a role.
Nutrition is also a cause of baldness. If there are many deficiencies in biotin, protein, zinc, and iron, hair loss can occur. Also if there is a diet high in vitamin A and animal fats, this could also lead to hair loss.
Many different infections can also lead to hair loss, including tinea capitis, folliculitis, demodex folliculorum, secondary syphilis, dissecting cellulitis, and fungal infections. Different types of drugs could cause hair loss as well. Hair growth is directly related to hormones; therefore if you are taking drugs that lead to hormone changes, hair loss could be a side effect. Also chemotherapy and other strong drugs can lead to hair loss.
Other causes of hair loss could be trauma, pollutants, pregnancy, over treating or processing your hair (such as many perms or coloring the hair with harmful chemicals many times), burns, diet, stress, unhealthy scalp environment, and various autoimmune and other medical conditions.
There are many different kinds of medications on the market with the aim to treat hair loss. There are medicated shampoos, injections, and pills, among others.
One of the most popular treatments is Minoxidil, or Rogaine, which can be bought online and in stores all over the United States and in other countries as well. It was first researched as a medication that could help to treat high blood pressure, but the patients and healthcare professionals noticed that the patients were experiencing hair growth as a side effect. It then began to be researched as a hair loss treatment. It is only effective in about 30-40% of patients and it is only effective for hair loss that is caused by male pattern baldness and alopecia areata. It needs to be used constantly because if the man stops, the hair loss continues again. Many men experience the side effect of scalp irritation and increased facial hair.
Hair transplant surgery is also an option for some men. The surgery is usually an outpatient procedure where the surgeon takes healthy hair from other parts of the body or other parts of the hair and surgically places it in the areas where thinning hair occurs. The new hair will fall out, but because the follicle is also replaces, new hair should regrow permanently in a few months.
Another type of treatment is an injection of Corticosteroids. This is to be done on a monthly basis and it is injected into the scalp. It is to be used to treat alopecia areata. The results are fairly good, but they take up to a month to be noticeable.
There are also some natural treatments including Casia herbal hair treatment powder, argan oil, Biotin, Atlantic Cedar, beta-sitosterol, coenzyme Q-10, garlic, lavender, L-Carnitine, apples, ginger, Raspberry ketone, red clover, rosemary, saw palmetto, thyme, and zinc.
Also Vitamin C and B Vitamins can help with hair growth. Vitamin C is good for the immune system and is an antioxidant. B Vitamins help you to feel strong and alert and with this energy boost. If you are weak and tired, hair loss is a possible side effect. Vitamin E is known to be great for hair and nails to keep them strong and healthy. Vitamin A is good to keep your body healthy but too much Vitamin A could actually cause hair loss. It is recommended to only get Vitamin A through food sources and not to take supplements. Vitamin D promotes follicle growth and it is best received by going outdoors and taking in sunlight. Iron is a mineral that helps the body function. One of the functions that it helps with is hair growth.
There are some pills available to treat hair loss as well. One treatment is a pill called Finasteride, which is only recommended for men that are experiencing male-pattern hair loss. Within 6-8 months of the treatment, the man should begin to see improvements in his hair loss and thinning. He must continue to use it indefinitely to continue seeing the results. There are many side effects however, that include decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory dysfunction, gynecomastia, and myopathy.
Most will agree that hair loss is not something that anyone wants to deal with. Based on our societal norms, hair is generally seen as attractive and it is not ideal for a man or a woman to be losing hair. Although the causes are frequently expensive and only minimally effective, the good news is that there is a chance of regrowth. Effective treatments can include medications, shampoos, and hair transplant surgery.