The How-To on Dealing with Androgenetic Alopecia
We all shed hair every day - you see the strands on your pillows, whenever you brush your hair, or during a shower. Most of us usually are not bothered by the sight of lost strands because we are comforted by the fact that new ones will grow out.
But there comes a point in our lives, especially for men, when your hair just does not seem to be as thick as it was once, or when thinning has become too apparent that you know what is about to come next: balding.
Why Do We Go Bald
When you lose an excessive amount of hair on your head, you are going bald. This often goes hand-in-hand with aging but, to be more precise, it is usually due to androgenetic alopecia. Yes, blame it on your genes because if your parents or grandparents suffer from this condition, chances are, you will too (if you are not already).
Androgenetic alopecia happens when there is an increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or when your hair follicles become more sensitive to it. The hair follicles will start to shrink, shortening your hair’s growth phase, thus leading to an earlier fall out of your hair (until the hair follicle shrinks to oblivion). The worse part is, this can take place as early as your teenage years. The sooner you have the condition, the greater the hair loss over time.
This condition is the culprit of men’s hair loss 95% of the time. While we do not commonly associate balding with women, around 50% of the ladies who suffer from hair loss can blame their genetics, too.
Other causes of balding may be due to the following:
- Traction Alopecia
- Donning certain hairstyles (such as ponytails, cornrows, extensions, etc.) causes repeated tension on the scalp pull and put stress on the hair follicles. This hair loss is reversible but may become permanent if not addressed.
- Alopecia Areata
- It is an autoimmune disease wherein your body mistakenly attacks your hair follicles. Sustained damage eventually causes hair loss. Hair may or may not grow back, depending on the individual. More research is needed to determine the cause.
- Anagen Effluvium
- Those undergoing chemotherapy or other radiation therapy and certain drugs often suffer sudden but often reversible balding. It happens because the toxic substance disrupts the hair follicles’ growth.
- Telogen Effluvium
- When you undergo significant shock or trauma, whether physical or emotional, hair loss may happen as a consequence. Hair usually grows back after a few months after recovery from the event.
- Tinea Capitis
- Fungi can grow on the scalp and hair shaft and usually takes the appearance of localized scaly patches. If not treated early, you can expect scarring and permanent hair loss.
- Other Medical Conditions
- Several health concerns can also cause hair loss. Some of these include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, nutritional deficiencies, iron deficiency anemia, pregnancy, and menopause.
- Unhealthy Lifestyle
- The things you do daily may impact your hair and its growth. Be mindful of your hair styling and grooming habits, your diet, and stress levels.
Despite what you might have read or what your peers tell you, wearing hats or wigs, dandruff, or frequent shampooing are NOT responsible for your balding.
The Signs and Symptoms
There are telltale signs and symptoms you can look out for to determine if you are indeed going bald. Here are the things you should look out for:
- Falling Hair
- Yes, we know we said hair shedding is normal, but you need to be aware when it becomes too much. An average person sheds about 100 strands daily. Do not be in denial when you see far more falling hair than usual.
- Receding Hairline
- This one’s the most obvious sign for men and often the most ignored. When you cannot style your way the way you used to or when there is thinning around your temples, take action! The sooner you do, the easier it is to reverse the balding.
- Widening Hair Part
- Women do not experience hairline recessions. It is often hair thinning throughout the top of the scalp with their hair parts widening when suffering female pattern baldness.
- Visibly Noticeable Scalp
- When your hair is not thick as it used to be, you know balding is taking place. You may also notice your scalp getting sunburned because of the hair loss.
Other than biological and psychological considerations, androgenetic alopecia is not a serious health issue. But it would not hurt to check in with your doctor to be sure, especially if you suffer from other health problems and alarming symptoms.
How to Prevent or Reverse Balding
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going bald. It is but part and parcel of life. However, our hair plays a significant role in our health and our identities (apart from making us look young and attractive).
If you can help stall or entirely prevent the process, then you should. It is far easier than you believe, and here are some ways you can do:
- Loosen your hairstyle.
- Give those hair follicles a break and let your hair down more often. They do not cause stress, and you can spare yourself the trouble of dealing with unnecessary hair loss and breakage.
- Limit heat and chemical damage.
- While difficult to resist, you know many salon treatments and heat styling devices cause significant damage to your tresses.
- Massage your scalp.
- Give your scalp a treat and stimulate your hair follicles by massaging it for a few minutes. Better yet, do it with our Hair Growth Serum for maximum benefits.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Always eat a balance of fruits, vegetables, and protein to ensure you achieve your daily nutrient requirements. Hydrate throughout the day, too!
- Quit smoking.
- Smoking poses no health benefit and disrupts proper blood circulation, which affects the nutrient and oxygen supply to the scalp and hair.
- Choose the best hair care products.
Before It’s Too Late
Take the necessary steps to prevent balding before it starts or before it is too late. Save those strands by incorporating healthier habits and choosing the best hair care products like ours. Trust us, you will thank yourself immensely for taking immediate action.
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