When Men Lose Their Hair: The Different Types of Male Hair Loss

It’s not you. It’s something else…

 

When it comes to hair loss, gentlemen, you’re off the hook. It’s not your fault (not this time, at least). We know what it’s like to find hair strands on pillows or watch hopelessly as more hair ends up in the drain. It doesn’t have to be an eternal farewell, though. With a little help, you can change your fate.

 

The average scalp has about 100,000 hairs which naturally goes through a life cycle of growing, resting, and shedding. This cycle consists of three phases:

 

  • Anagen phase: Your hair grows actively during this time, and the stage may usually last for years.

 

  • Catagen phase: This is when your hair stops growing and separates from the follicle (the one that holds the hair in place). The phase lasts about 10 days.

 

  • Telogen phase: Your follicles take a break for two to three months, and then comes the hair fall. Anagen phase begins anew as hair grows back in the same strand.

 

Now, it’s perfectly normal to lose around 50 to 100 hairs daily. But if you find yourself shedding much more than that, then you’re experiencing some type of hair loss (alopecia). This is a disorder caused by an interruption in your body’s hair production cycle. It can occur anywhere in your body, but it commonly happens on your scalp.

 

What sort of interruption, you might ask? There are quite a few major reasons why you are losing your hair. Let us count the ways...

 

1. Androgenetic Alopecia 

Also known as male pattern hair loss, this is the most common type of hair loss that affects many men (and women). 

 

  • The culprit/s: Androgenetic alopecia is hereditary, usually inherited from one’s parents. A byproduct of testosterone, called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), causes hair follicles to stop producing normal hair and, instead, make thin, short, colorless hair just before it ceases hair production altogether.

 

  • How to Spot It: It starts with hair thinning, usually above the temples, continuing around the perimeter and the top of the head. Then it progresses to bald spots or a ring of hair along the bottom of the scalp. When the follicles completely atrophy, the scalp becomes tight and shiny.

 

  • How to Stop It: Most men who have this type of hair loss eventually become bald, but this can be managed with medication or surgery. Using our Bio-Pixilin Hair Growth Serum is one natural prevention method, too.

 

2. Telogen Effluvium

This condition happens when many follicles on the scalp enter the resting phase (telogen) of the hair growth cycle but don’t go into the next growth phase (anagen), so no new hair replaces the ones that are lost.

 

  • The culprit/s: Medical events or conditions (such as thyroid imbalance, surgery, or fever) can be the cause of this hair loss. Vitamin or mineral deficiency may also be a factor. 

 

  • How to Spot It: While it does not lead to complete baldness, one might shed around 300 to 500 hairs in a day, especially at the crown and temples. It can also happen three months after a medical event, but hair grows back after six months (or longer if it is a chronic condition).

 

  • How to Stop It: If the hair does not grow back on its own, dermatologists can prescribe medication. It also helps to eat a healthy, balanced diet to ensure that the body achieves its daily nutrient requirements.

 

3. Anagen Effluvium

The opposite of Telogen Effluvium, this hair loss refers to hair shedding that happens during the growth stage (anagen) of the hair cycle.

 

  • The culprit/s: It usually results from potent medications or medical treatments (such as chemotherapy, blood thinners, or drugs for depression, high blood pressure, etc.). Its side effect causes a hair production shutdown, which affects the scalp and other body parts.

 

  • How to Spot It: It is identified by sudden diffuse shedding of structurally damaged hairs in a localized area (single bald patch or several bald patches).

 

  • How to Stop It: In most cases, hair should grow back on its own once the treatment or medication is stopped. Prescribed medication or our Hair Growth Routine Set can help speed things along.

 

4. Alopecia Areata

A type of autoimmune condition, this happens when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, mainly the hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out and stop it from growing back.

 

  • The culprit/s: The precise cause of this condition is unknown, but there is little scientific evidence that it is caused by stress. Genetics also plays a part in this. One in five people with alopecia areata has a family member who has also developed the disease.

 

  • How to Spot It: Hair loss can happen without warning, starting as small patches on the scalp that moves, grows, or multiplies. Even the hair on brows, lashes, and other body parts may fall out and possibly lead to complete hair loss (alopecia totalis/universalis).

 

  • How to Stop It: Conventional treatments for alopecia areata are limited, and there is no cure. But doctors can prescribe medication or treatment for hair regrowth. But there are some, who have only a few patches of hair loss, experience a sudden, full recovery.

 

5. Hair Shaft Abnormalities

Abnormalities in the hair follicles can cause strands to thin and weaken, and prone to breaking. The breaking occurs along the hair shaft (the visible part of a hair strand). There are a few kinds of hair shaft abnormalities, and this includes traction alopecia.

 

  • The culprit/s: Traction alopecia is caused by tight hairstyles (like tight ponytails and braids) that forcefully pull hair away from the scalp.

 

  • How to Spot It: The excessive strain on the scalp and follicles involves thinning hair or bald spots and may lead to permanent damage to the follicles and prevent hair regrowth.

 

  • How to Stop It: Wearing the hair down or opting for looser hairstyles can prevent the condition. Lessening or avoiding heat and chemical treatment help is highly recommended. Additionally, you can strengthen your hair with our Bio-Pixilin shampoo and conditioner.

 

The takeaway

Concerning yourself with your hair is not at all silly, nor is it a matter you should be embarrassed about. Consult with your healthcare provider so they can accurately diagnose your type of hair loss and recommend the best treatment options for you.

 

Remember, while hair loss is relatively common, it does not have to be permanent. You do not need to resign yourself to a life of baldness when there are simple things you can do to prevent it. You are in control, my friend. Your hair is your say.

Written by Anne Reyes

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