Back in the day, hair loss among males was more often associated with age – the older you got, the less hair you’d have left. In the last couple of decades, though, more men in their younger years have experienced baldness. Writer Leah Zerbe explains, in her article for Yahoo! Health, why young males in the 21st century lose their hair prematurely, and what they can do about it:
Some 62 percent of balding guys in a Spanish study said losing their locks could deflate their self-esteem. This isn’t 21st-century superficiality: “Thick hair has always been associated with youth and masculinity,” says Albert Mannes, Ph.D., a University of Pennsylvania researcher who’s studied perceptions of balding. “Hair loss signals aging.”
What’s causing it?
In determining the cause of hair thinning, physicians have studied closely the way balding occurs. If the thinning follows an “M” pattern, this is a sign of male pattern baldness, which may or may not be hereditary. If the thinning occurs across the scalp and not to the crown or temples, this may be a symptom of an ongoing health condition which needs to be addressed.
“Hormonal or nutritional deficiencies, such as thyroid problems, low iron, or low protein, can cause shedding,” says Carolyn Jacob, M.D., the founder of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. In other words, “don’t assume it’s genetic,” says Marc Avram, M.D…”
Don’t get carried away by media
Ignore the infomercials and late night ads for hair growth. The simple truth is, in some cases, the results promised are not backed by clinical testing. Stick to the medication that is FDA-approved, such as Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine), which are both recommended by hair restoration facilities like Tijuana-based Baja Hair Center, for men undergoing a hair transplant in Mexico.
Choose the right shampoo
Many shampoos claim to add volume to hair, but only Ketoconazole has proven effective. It is an antifungal drug used in dandruff shampoos, which reduces the production of testosterone (and therefore dihydrotestosterone) in hair follicles, thereby reducing hair fall dramatically.
Eat right to look right
Diet plays an important part in maintaining a healthy scalp. Avoid fried foods as this reduces oil gland activity, which, in turn, slows the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Also, insulin-rich foods can trigger the release of testosterone, so it would also be wise to avoid sugary snacks.
When all else fails, and patients refuse to give up the fight to retain their young looks, a quick trip to Mexico for hair transplant consultation is definitely in order. There are different procedures which vary in cost, so find out today which one will suit you best.
(Source: “Why Men Are Going Bald Younger — and 8 Ways to Stop the Shedding”, 31 August 2014, Yahoo! Health)