If you’re someone who’s balding and doesn’t have a clue why this article will help. I’m going to dive into the natural and unnatural causes of hair loss and some ways to prevent them.
The first area to look when researching hair loss is your genetic makeup. More than 95 percent of hair loss in men is caused by androgenetic alopecia, which is also known as male pattern baldness. This condition occurs due to the hair follicles on your head that have dihydrotestosterone receptors which bring on baldness. This DHT is a byproduct of testosterone and makes your hair follicles grow smaller and shortens their lifespan which eventually leads to your hair falling out. This DHT chemical plays a big role in hair loss and is five times more powerful than testosterone.
This is a form of hair that loss occurs when your body attacks the hair follicles. Some tell-tale signs of this condition are finding patches of hair missing. The one good thing about this form of hair loss is that it can grow back.
I’m sure this comes as a shock to you, but age is also a leading cause of hair loss. The reason for this is as we grow older, our bodies begin to change, and the results tend to be visible. Thinning hair is completely natural as the follicles that produce these hairs are not as productive as they use to be.
I’m sure most of you have seen pictures of presidents before and after their terms. They tend to look spry and ready to go at the start and afterward, have suffered from hair greying or loss. This is due to stress. High levels of stress can send the body into shock, filling the body with hormones and chemicals such as telogen effluvium, which is the shedding of hair.
Smoking and Alcohol:
Smoking cigarettes can lead to hair loss. Puffing smoke constricts blood vessels in your skin, stripping away those skin particles and hair follicle nutrients like oxygen and leaving toxins behind in the skin. Alcohol can have a similar effect on the body. Large amounts of alcohol consumption can disrupt levels of zinc and estrogen, which can lead to hair loss. Zinc, which is essential for growing hair, is reduced while estrogen levels are raised which creates an imbalance with testosterone.
Dr. Francesca Fusco, a clear scalp and hair dermatologist, stated that “Sleep is important for protein synthesis of your hair, as well as a proper release of growth hormone and other hormones.” When our biological clock is off, our hair follicle cycles can be affected too leading to decreases in melatonin, the chemical that affects sleep, and can result in hair loss.
In a lot of these cases, there isn’t much you can do to stop the hair loss. You can try hair transplant procedures or hair regrowth products, but those can be expensive and sometimes make you look worse.
My advice would be to just shave your head. However, be smart about it. What I mean by this is don’t go grab a pair of clippers and start shaving your head. Do some research on which clippers you need and even go to your barber and ask them if they think your head would look good with a bald head. Keep in mind that not everyone’s head looks great in a chrome dome.