Going Bald – Your Worst Nightmare

Male pattern baldness is a very common occurrence in men. Many men have their egos wrapped around their good head of hair, therefore when they start to experience male pattern baldness, then this may take a hit on their ego.Almost two thirds of men, which is a very large number on average, experience hair loss by age 60, and the main cause is male pattern baldness. This condition is caused by a combination of genes, coupled by the male sex hormone, testosterone.

Male pattern baldness or what is scientifically called, Androgenic Alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. At present 50% of all men over the age of 50 are affected by this.The cause can be hereditary. The hair growth cycle with male pattern baldness weakens, while the hair follicle shrinks, which results in shorter and finer strands of hair. This condition however has no medical ill effects. An upsetting thing is that, male pattern baldness can begin even while you are still a teenager.

If relatives on the maternal side of the family had male pattern baldness, then you are at a higher risk. Some men get a single bald spot while other experience hair loss at the temples or at the crown of the head. Men’s hair loss prevention methods includes, hair transplants, topical application of Rogaine, hair weaves or if you really desperate even wigs or hair pieces. Hair transplants are the most expensive treatment available for hair loss.

These work by removing hair from areas of the scalp which do have active hair growth, and then transplanting the hair follicles, to the thinning and balding areas of your scalp. It is not a onetime treatment however, and will require multiple visits, to your doctor. The procedure also carries the risk of scarring or infection. Apart from the physical implications hair loss can greatly affect your self esteem too. Many men have trouble accepting their appearance. If you do feel depressed about your hair loss, and experience anxiety and low self esteem, then it is suggested that you see a counselor. There is still no method discovered to prevent male pattern baldness.

Unlike female hair loss treatment, the increase in male hormone is a direct contributor that makes you experience male pattern baldness. Eating power foods can fight hair loss; therefore make sure you eat nutritious food that includes plenty of vitamins, and irons. Hair care treatments, such as scalp massages can help too. Topical applications like Rogaine and hair tonics can also help halt hair loss. Preventing hair loss finally boils down to three things; good hair hygiene, regular shampooing and hair care, and good nutrition.