We understand that hair loss can be a cause of distress and of loss of confidence, scary and daunting. You've probably altered your hair style to conceal changes in your hair quality and perhaps you've tried unsuccessfully numerous solutions to your hair loss problems.
Men's Hair Loss Explained (MPB)
At SRS Hair Clinic, it's our job to make you feel as comfortable as possible and do a full analysis of your scalp, hair, lifestyle and any other medical conditions which may have a bearing your hair loss.
Men's hair loss comes in all different types and forms, with the most common being a receding hairline, thinning crown, or bald spots. Male Pattern Baldness (also referred to as MBP or 'androgenic alopecia') is the most common form of hair loss to affect males and makes up over 90% of cases worldwide.
The biggest cause of hair loss in both genders, however, is predominantly a sensitivity of the hair follicles to the androgenic hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
This is a type of waste product of our metabolism that binds onto the hair follicle, cuts off its blood and nutrient supply and therefore causes it to shrink so that it ceases to grow and falls out as a result.
Other conditions that may contribute to hair loss are scalp problems such as itchiness, redness, dandruff or excess oiliness or dryness. Healthy hair can only grow on a healthy base, so a clear scalp is of utmost importance for the development of new hair.
Hair loss in males has been known to have a lasting psychological effect on a person and that's why we make it our purpose to assist you during this time of distress.
Body image and self-esteem also play important roles in the psychology of hair loss, with many affected individuals experiencing major changes to their perception of their physical appearance and identity following loss of hair. This may lead to the development of other related issues affecting ability to express your emotions or engage in social interactions with others.
Studies show that up to 25% of men will experience balding by the age of 30, while current statistics indicate that up to 60% of men will suffer male pattern baldness throughout their lifetime.
Causes of Hair Loss in Men
The genes thought to be responsible for hair loss may potentially be sex-linked, suggesting that it is a hereditary phenomenon particularly dominated by an individual's maternal line. This leads to irregular hormone levels in affected individuals, where quantities of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase have been found to be higher than per usual in people with thinning hair.
This enzyme is responsible for converting the male sex hormone testosterone into the form dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, in both males and females. DHT is known to bind to hair follicles, thereby inhibiting their growth and leading to hair loss over time.
Aside from genetic predispositions to hair loss, today's modern civilisation has introduced various environmental problems that damage not only the planet, but can also wreak havoc on your hair. Factors that affect the health of your hair include air pollution, artificial lighting, dry air and harmful UV rays.
Lifestyle factors that can damage your hair and promote hair loss include unsuitable dietary supplements, harsh hair care products, poor diet, different medications and daily stress levels.
Hair loss is progressive - the earlier the intervention, the better the outcome, so call us now with any questions you may have. We're here to help.
The Ideal Solution ‒ A Hair Analysis Consultation
SRS Hair Clinic will conduct a one-of-a-kind microscopic hair examination to determine the exact cause of your hair loss using two different microscopes. Under the ﬁrst microscope, the technician will look deep into a hair sample to see what (if any) deformation there is at the root of your hair.
The second microscope will then narrow in on a small section of your scalp to determine the density of hair growth and assess the general condition of your hair and scalp, as well as to examine how advanced the problem has become.
Through the use of our microscopes and a deeper look into your lifestyle habits and genetic predispositions, we will be able to determine the exact cause of the loss of your "crowning glory".
Other Possible Causes of Hair Loss or Baldness
There is a wide range of conditions which may cause or generate hair loss, these of which include:
- Genetic predisposition,
- Sudden weight loss,
- Crash dieting,
- Anorexia nervosa (an eating disorder that features a severe loss of appetite for food)
- Vitamin and/or mineral deficiency (particularly zinc and iron)
- Poor nutrition
- Exposure to radiation or harmful UV rays
- Ageing, excess exposure to artificial hair products or styling
- Certain skin conditions
- Hormonal abnormalities
- An underactive thyroid gland
- Poor personal body care or hygiene
- Astute illness and fever
- Poor circulation
- Consuming drug medication (particularly those used to treat cancer)
- Misdirected auto-immune response (body's defensive systems self-destruct due to hereditary factors or emotional factors such as stress or anxiety).
Other types of hair loss in children and adults
There are many factors which can trigger hair loss: hair pulling, trauma, over-styling, Chemotherapy. Learn about these conditions and more here.