What is male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness, also known as the androgenic alopecia is a common type of hair loss in men. Also according to a study conducted by U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), more than 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 are suffering from male pattern baldness to some extent.
Causes of Male Pattern Baldness
Genetics is one reason for male pattern baldness. Research has stated that that male pattern baldness is related with male sex hormones known as the androgens. The androgens have many purposes, like regulating hair growth. However, if you have a genetic background of this problem, then your hair follicle shrinks and produce shorter and finer strands of hair. Finally, the growth cycle for each hair end and no new hair grow in that place.
Sometimes baldness has serious causes, like cancers, medications, thyroid conditions, and anabolic steroids. You need to consult your doctor if hair loss occurs after taking new medications.
Also, you need to take a quick consultation from your doctor in case of skin redness, irritation, scalp peeling, hair breaking, patchy hair loss, or an unusual pattern of hair loss.
Male pattern baldness can start in the teenage years. Nonetheless, it usually occurs in adult men. Also, men who have close relatives suffering from male pattern baldness are at a higher risk of carrying the same problem. Particularly, it is common if the relatives are on the maternal side of the family.
There is no definite way to prevent male pattern baldness. However, you indulge in some relaxing activities, like walking, listening to calming music, and enjoy some quiet time or continue with routine exercises for overall balance.
How You Can Deal with Male Pattern Baldness
A number of treatments are available for men who are suffering from male pattern baldness. Given below are some of them:
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a medication which is applied to the scalp. It slows down hair loss for some men and triggers the growth of hair follicles. Minoxidil needs four months to one year to produce visible results. However, hair loss often takes place again when you stop intaking the medication.
This medicine can also have some possible side effects as given below-
- Weight Gain
- Swelling of the Face, Hands, Ankles, or Abdomen
- Trouble Breathing when Lying Down
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Chest Pain
Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar)
Finasteride is an oral medication which prevents hair loss. It blocks the production of male hormones which are responsible for hair loss. Finasteride has comparatively higher success rate than minoxidil. However, when you stop taking finasteride, your hair loss relapses.
Possible side effects of this medicine are as given below:
- Breast Growth
- Swelling of the Face or Lips
- Painful Ejaculation
- Pain in Testicles
- Difficulty Getting an Erection
Change the Hairstyles
Men can sometimes hide their hair loss through the right haircut or hairstyle. Ask your hairstylist for a customized cut which will increase the volume of your hair.
Hair weaves are wigs which are sewn into your natural hair. You should have enough hair to sew the weaves. The benefit to weaved wigs is that they always stay on. You do not have to worry even during activities such as swimming, showering, and sleeping. However, the disadvantage is that the sewing process may sometimes damage your natural hair.
A hair transplant is an expensive treatment for hair loss. Hair transplants work by removing hair from the fuller areas of the scalp and transplanting them to thinning or balding areas of your scalp.
One needs to take multiple treatments and sometimes, the procedure also carries the risk of scarring and infection. The advantages of a hair transplant is that it looks comparatively more natural also that it is permanent.
Wigs or Hairpieces
Wigs are an excellent way of covering thinning hair, receding hairlines, and full baldness. They are available in a variety of styles, colors, and textures. Also, for a natural look, you can also choose wig colors, styles, and textures which look similar to your original hair.
Owakai brings you non-surgical and safe hair implants which look natural, and also stylish.
The Owakai Hair Replacements have an option of customization as per your haircut, they are specially made for men and are available in different varieties. Take a look at our collection and choose the one which suits you the best!