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HOW I WISH YOU WERE HAIR
THE TRUTH ABOUT BALDNESS
Are you shedding more hair than a Cocker Spaniel in July?
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.
• 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.