Androgenic alopecia also called male pattern baldness, is the most common type of hair loss in men. More than 50 per cent of all men over the age of 50 will be affected by male pattern baldness to some extent, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
What causes male pattern baldness?
One cause of male pattern baldness is having a family history of baldness or genetics. According to the researcher, male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. Including regulating hair growth the androgen has many functions.
On your head has a growth cycle. This growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, with male pattern baldness, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, no new hair grows in its place and the growth cycle for each hair ends.
Usually, inherited male pattern baldness has no side effects. However, such as certain cancers, medications, thyroid conditions, and anabolic steroids sometimes has more serious causes. when it’s accompanied by other health complaints or see your doctor if hair loss occurs after taking new medications.
To diagnose male pattern baldness doctors use the pattern of hair loss. Such as fungal conditions of the scalp or nutritional disorders they may perform a medical history and exam to rule out certain health conditions as the cause.
When a rash, redness, pain, peeling of the scalp, hair breakage, patchy hair loss, or an unusual pattern of hair loss accompanies the hair loss health conditions may be a cause of baldness. To diagnose disorders responsible for hair loss a skin biopsy and blood tests also may be necessary.
Who’s at risk?
It more commonly occurs in adult men, with the likelihood increasing with age but male pattern baldness can begin in your teenage years. According to the researcher, genetics plays a big role. Men are at a higher risk who have close relatives with male pattern baldness. When their relatives are on the maternal side of the family this is particularly true.
Am I losing my hair?
You may have male pattern baldness if your hair loss begins at the temples or the crown of the head. According to the researcher, some men will experience their hairline receding to form an “M” shape while other men will get a single bald spot. In some men, most of the hair is gone or the hairline will continue to recede until all.
Techniques to address hair loss
If other health conditions aren’t a cause medical treatment isn’t necessary. However, treatments are available for men who would like the appearance of a fuller head of hair and who are unhappy with the way they look.
With the right haircut or hairstyle, men with limited hair loss can sometimes hide hair loss. For a creative cut that will make thinning hair look fuller ask your hairstylist.
Wigs or Hairpieces
Wigs can cover receding hairlines, thinning hair and complete baldness. They come in a variety of colours, style and textures. For a natural look, choose a wig style, textures that look similar to your original hair and colour. For an even more natural look, professional wig stylists can help style and fit wigs