What Causes Male Hair Loss?
There is a great deal of information out there concerning men’s hair loss causes, but which men’s hair loss solution is right for you? What works? Which solution can you trust?
History will show us that baldness has been a part of the aging process that many men fear the most. Before Rogaine, hair transplants and hair additions, men dealt with it in various ways from ointments to the styling of their hair. Julius Caesar grew his hair long in the back and combed it all forward. Napoleon followed the same suit we often ignore history and the fact that this has been an age old condition. We can’t imagine or accept the fact that there is not a cure.
Male hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, follows a predictable pattern. Some years ago, the measurement system known as the Norwood Scale was created to track the progression of male pattern baldness.
The Norwood Scale goes in seven levels, from Norwood I through Norwood VII, with several variants.
By evaluating your own degree of hair loss against the Norwood Scale, you can begin to evaluate the hair loss therapy programs or hair replacement solutions for which you might reasonably qualify, and which are most likely to give you the hair restoration results you hope for.
Generally speaking, the earlier you begin therapy, the more likely you are to stop or delay the progress of hair loss to more advanced stages.
ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA – the modem medical term for either male or female pattern hair loss – can be broken down in two parts.
- First, Androgenetic, consisting of ANDROGEN (Any of the various hormones that control the appearance and development of masculine characteristics such as testosterone). And GENETIC—the inheritance of genes from either the mother or the father’s side of the family. Add AGE, which when coupled with genetics, represents a time clock that will signal the hair follicle to produce an enzyme 5 alpha reductase. When the testosterone present in the follicle combines with the enzyme 5 alpha reductase, it produces dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicle receptors are sensitive to DHT and thereby start the process of male or female pattern hair loss.
- Second, ALOPECIA meaning hair loss, of which there are many types. Put simply, scientists are working against aging, hormones and genetics. This is not easy task. Add the fact that male or female pattern hair loss is not life threatening, and it is easy to see why many physicians do not view hair loss as a priority in scientific research.
What is Causing Your Hair Loss?
Since there are other causes of hair loss, it is advisable to consult with a Dr. of Dermatology, who is knowledgeable and experienced with diagnosing hair loss. Validating the type of hair loss you have will make it possible for you to know which therapy options may be best for you.
Other Common Causes of Male Hair Loss
- Alopecia areata: Generally thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Causes “patchy” hair loss, often in small circular areas in different areas of the scalp.
- Alopecia totalis: Total hair loss of the scalp, (an advanced form of alopecia areata).
- Alopecia universalis: Hair loss of the entire body, (also an advanced form of alopecia areata).
- Traction alopecia: Hair loss caused by physical stress and tension on the hair such as prolonged use of hair weaving, corn rows etc. Done too tightly on weak hair these can cause permanent hair loss.
- Telogen effiuvium: (usually temporary hair loss) Caused by Physical stress, emotional stress, thyroid abnormalities, medications and hormonal causes normally associated with females.
- Anagen effiuvium: Generally due to internally administered medication, such as chemotherapy agents, that poison the growing hair follicle.
All of these represent only a few of the different types of hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia represents close to 95% of all hair loss however.
Treatment Options Available for Male Pattern Hair Loss
- Learning to live life with hair loss. Often the guidance of a therapist can be helpful in dealing with hair loss.
- Hair styling and cosmetic techniques such as permanent waves or female pattern hair colors. The proper hair cut alone can make a vast difference in diffusing hair loss.
- Rogaine, the only FDA approved topical treatment for male or female pattern hair loss. Although Rogaine is not effective in stimulating new hair growth in many males, it appears to be more effective in retarding hair loss in a substantial amount of both male and females. (Available in the U.S. only through prescription).
- Hair Replacements Systems have made many advances in both appearance and more secure attachment methods.
- Hair Transplant Surgery has also made many advances towards more natural appearing results.
- A combination of Hair Replacement System with Hair Transplant Surgery.
What New Look Institute Offers You
At New Look Institute in San Jose, California, we are committed to providing you with the latest proven hair replacement and hair restoration solutions, with multi-therapeutic programs customized to address your specific type of hair loss. We offer:
- Affordable hair replacement services custom designed to your individual baldness and hair loss solution requirements.
- The very finest human wigs, medical hair prostheses, and men’s hair replacement systems
- Complimentary, no obligation hair and scalp evaluation
- Private, dignified and confidential service
- A team of quality trained and experienced hair and skin consultants
- Personal, professional, one-on-one service
- Totally private styling rooms
- A business philosophy that “Honesty and forthrightness is the only way to conduct a successful business and engender the trust of our clients and prospective clients.”
- The security of dealing with a company that’s been in business in the same location for over 15 years.
With hair restoration, there are many pathways to consider but only one phone call you need to make. To receive a free color brochure or schedule a free evaluation with one of our trained hair loss team members call New Look Institute at (408) 279-4247 or (800) 966-4472.
We’re conveniently located in San Jose, California – in the heart of Silicon Valley.