It’s a common fact that men suffer from baldness more than women, and sometimes at a very young age. Men and women’s hair care routines aren’t really that different, so there must be some kind of scientific explanation behind it.
Statistics state that two thirds of men will experience male pattern baldness in their lifetime, and unfortunately it runs in the family – so if any male members of your family went bald at a young age then chances are you will too.
However, there is a myth that baldness should be blamed on the mother’s side of the family. A key gene for baldness is on the X chromosome, and even though this is a convincing argument, if baldness occurs on either side of the family then this is likely to carry through to your generation.
Men with hereditary androgenic alopecia – the official name for male pattern baldness – can start to lose their hair as young as 20. It can take 15-20 years to go completely bald, but in some cases it can take as little as 5 years.
The chief cause of male pattern baldness is the changing levels of hormones in the male system. The science is that testosterone is naturally converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) the hormone that stimulates hair growth, but some men have an over-sensitivity to DHT in their scalp follicles.
With an increased level of DHT in the follicles, this inhibits and reduces proper hair growth and prevents the nourishment essential to natural growth.
There are some instances, however, in which baldness can be linked to the quality of a man’s health. Baldness could be a sign of levels in blood pressure and cholesterol which both have connections to heart health.
If you find that you’re suffering from hair loss and you don’t have a family history of baldness, then it might be an idea to make some changes in diet and lifestyle. This could be factors such as drinking, smoking, poor eating habits and a lack of exercise.
However, if you know that your health is tip top, then you may be considering methods of hair restoration. At KSL we provide services from fibre hair replacement to laser hair therapy in Aberdeen, so if you would like to make an appointment with us or if you have any enquiries at all, then don’t hesitate to contact us at 0141 2486603. Otherwise you can visit our Twitter page for our regular updates.