WHAT CAUSES BALDNESS?
The most common form of hair loss is androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) – and while its cause has been extensively researched – scientists have yet to reveal conclusive results. Good job scientists.
That said, several factors are thought to be suspects for fading follicles:
• Heredity: New evidence suggests the hair loss gene can be inherited from either side of the family – so mom’s kinda’ off the hook.
• DHT: Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a derivative of testosterone that increases as men age. DHT blocks blood flow to the scalp and damages hair follicles, affecting their growth.
• Diet: Fatty foods affect hormones, which can lead to increased DHT production. Caffeine dehydrates the scalp, leading to oil production, which in turn clogs hair follicles and prevents normal growth.
• Illness/Medication: In rare cases, illness or strong medications can temporarily result in sudden hair loss.
HANGING ON TO THE HAIR YOU HAVE
Although a Dr. J-esque 70’s ‘fro might be out of the question, men are not powerless in the battle against baldness. Try these options to help hang onto the loyal strands that have stuck around. Scalp Cleansers/DHT Blockers: With few side effects, these popular and easy-to-use products block the development of DHT – while cleansing the scalp and creating an ideal environment for growth. DHT blockers typically come in a three-step, shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment system, but can also be beneficial in single steps. Follow the directions for use listed on each selected product.
• Prescription Medications: Propecia and Minoxidil are the only two FDA-approved treatments that have proven effective at curbing and sometimes reversing hair loss. However, they just don’t work for everyone and as with using any pharmaceutical, doctor recommendation is essential.
• Hair Transplants: Technological advances are making hair transplants an increasingly popular option for those who don’t respond to other treatments. A good doctor makes all the difference, so be diligent in research if going this route.
• Good Haircuts: While it may not bring it back, a good haircut can certainly help improve the look of the “follicly challenged.” Talk with your barber or stylist to find a look that emphasizes the hair you have.
OWNING THAT BALDNESS
Our take is that bald is always better than balding. So, if you’re in comb-over mode or a laughable state – just shear that dome clean off. Nothing shows more confidence than creating a clean slate -- and rumor has it that chicks dig bald dudes.Should you decide to take it all off, don’t forget to protect your newly nuded crown from irritants and harmful rays via gentle shampoos, wipes specifically formulated to remove build up, and SPF-infused lotions.
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