Factors such as age, genetics, or even a larger health issue can often lead to premature balding among men. In fact, it is believed that two-thirds of all men will suffer from hair loss by the time their 35th birthday comes around. For many men, self-esteem is directly linked to their hair, meaning a loss in hair can often lead to a drastic drop in confidence. Fortunately, there are a quite a few of ways of fighting male pattern balding, which is an inherited sensitivity to DHT, a by-product of testosterone.
For those of you who refuse to accept it, there are a number of things besides bad genes to blame for your thinning scalp. Read on to arm yourself with the follicular knowledge required to take the steps needed to deal with your emptying dome.
1) Keep an Eye on Your Scalp
Male balding does not take place all at once. The hair loss is gradual, making it very difficult to notice. A hair’s life cycle tends to be about seven years. In those seven years thinning and balding may occur and the follicle ends up never growing back. Thus, it may be several years too late before you fully realize what is going on. One way to combat this is to regularly to look back on older photos and trying to locate the exact point at which you began losing your hair. This will give you a better idea on how to approach your thinning hair.
2) Seek Professional Help
Although it may take you a while to realize that your hair is thinning, once you do it is recommended that you go see a doctor. Balding can be caused by a number of internal health issues such as hormonal imbalance. By visiting a doctor, you can get to the root of the problem and find out what you can do to stop or at least slow down the process.
3) Try To Manage It Yourself
While there is no magical way to regrow your hair at home, there are a number of things you can do to thicken the hair that you still have. There are a few FDA approved drugs on the market that are clinically proven to be effective in thickening your hair. However, none of the drugs available are capable of regenerating dead follicles. Plus, the drugs are known to have side-effects such as erectile dysfunction. Another option you may consider is switching to non-prescription shampoos such as Nizoral A-D that contain ketoconazole. Regular use of 1% ketoconazole shampoo can lead to a reduction in hair loss.
4) Get a Fresh, New Hair Cut
If you are not okay with going bald, there are different hairstyles you can try to hide or lessen the appearance of thinning hair. A fresh, new hair cut is going to make you feel a whole lot better. But, it is important to remember that growing more hair to mask bald spots can actually end up making the whole thing worse. It is of the utmost importance that you go for a shorter hair cut. You are going to look a lot different from what you are used to seeing in the mirror, but this change is important in redefining and rebuilding your self-image.
5) Opt for Surgery or Replacement
Costing somewhere between $4000 to $15000, depending on the size of the area/amount of hair to be transplanted, you may very well want to go for a hair transplant if you are not comfortable with shorter cuts or you are not satisfied using the various products mentioned in this article. There are a couple of options forhair transplant procedures. The first one is a follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, where surgeons harvest a strip of scalp and then cut it into groups of three or four hairs. The procedure only leaves a barely discernible scar on your scalp. The second option is follicular unit extraction, or FUE, where follicles from the back of head are robotically harvested. Though it is a more challenging procedure, the recovery period is much shorter and less painstaking. It also leaves no visible scarring. This option is highly recommended for people who do have enough money to spare on cosmetic expenses.
6) Accept It, Admit It, Live With It
Undoubtedly the cheapest option, nothing will exude more confidence than embracing your balding dome. Why worry about fighting it when you can look sexier by going for a buzz cut and simply rocking it? You may not look as hot and hunky as Vin Diesel or Jason Statham, but you are going to fair pretty well. If it’s of any help, women are starting to pay a lot more attention to men with short hair nowadays.