Male hair loss is quite common in men aged between 30 and 40, and is even more common in men over 50. But why does it occur and is there anything out there that can help tackle male hair loss? Read our guide and find out.
What Causes Male Hair Loss?
Male pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss, and it is hereditary. This means that genes play the main role in whether you or your loved one is going to be affected. There is no known cure for this type of hair loss, however there are certain medications that can slow down the process and stimulate regrowth. It’s worth noting though, that these will work for the duration you are taking the medication and you are likely to experience hair loss if you decide to stop.
However, it may be the case that you are losing your hair for a completely different reason. There can be a number of causes including a condition called alopecia, thyroid issues, a stressful lifestyle or a poor diet, this is why it’s really important to speak to your doctor if you have noticed your hair thinning, falling out or not growing as fast as it used to.
How to Know if I am Going to be Affected By Male Hair Loss?
One of the most typical signs that you may be affected by male pattern baldness is spotting an “M” shape along your hair line on your forehead. This starts with a receding hairline above the temples, can continue at the crown, on the sides and the bottom resulting in baldness. It’s worth adding that male pattern baldness only affects the hair on the scalp, not eyebrows or beard. However, if you do not have male pattern baldness but a different condition such as alopecia, it’s not only the scalp but other areas of your body that may be affected.
Can I Do Anything to Improve My Hair Health?
When it comes to hair health, the key is a balanced diet that includes oily fish that is rich in omega 3 such as mackerel, sardines or salmon. It’s also crucial to eat fruit and veggies that are rich in vitamin A, C, B6 and B7. Think carrots, bell peppers, citrus fruits and spinach.
To keep hair in tip top shape, you should always eat a sufficient amount of protein, which you can get from eating lean meat like chicken and turkey, or certain vegetables and pulses like beans and lentils.
Believe it or not, stress can have a major impact on the condition of your hair. Positive lifestyle changes can not only improve your general wellbeing but also the aid hair growth. Consider looking into mindfulness techniques, as well as slotting in regular walks and exercise into your daily routine.
What Remedies Are Out There?
In some cases you may need to consider going for a hair transplant procedure, but if you spot hair loss earlier, you will have more options. There are hair loss treatments available via the Online Doctor service at Superdrug. One is the prescription treatment called Propecia, which is not currently available on the NHS. Alternatives include Regaine and Alpecin shampoo. Not to worry if you are not sure what treatment is right for you, simply book a telephone consultation with one of the doctors, who will be more than happy to help.