For some men, hair loss seems like an inevitability. Maybe they watched their fathers go bald and simply assume it’s in their genes. Or maybe they discover some thinning hair at an early age and conclude that nothing can be done about it. At HRC - Hair Restoration of California, our message to men is that hair loss is never something you have to settle for. There is always a way to treat it, helping you look and feel like yourself again. And the first step is closely evaluating the follicles and the scalp, determining what the underlying cause of male baldness might be.
Hair loss in men has a number of potential causes—but the most common one by far is male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia. In general terms, this is caused by the overproduction of the DHT hormone, a testosterone byproduct. DHT impedes the proper hair growth cycle, meaning you shed too much and don’t grow enough replacement hairs. The majority of men’s hair loss cases are caused by this condition—in fact, research shows that 90 percent of all men’s hair loss cases stem from androgenetic alopecia.
It’s usually pretty easy to tell if you’re struggling with male pattern hair loss. True to its name, the condition presents with a recognizable “pattern”—hair loss at the temples, a receding hair line, and often a bald spot at the crown of the head. As hair loss progresses, it leaves the hair first in an M-shape, then finally in a ring around the back and sides of the scalp.
This isn’t the only cause of male hair loss, however! Male hair loss can sometimes be caused by medical complications—for example, certain prescription medications. The good news here is that changing your treatment plan usually results in the hair growing back. Chemotherapy and radiation are also well-known factors in men’s hair loss.
There are other, rarer medical conditions that can lead to hair loss in men—such as alopecia universalis and alopecia totalis. These are basically autoimmune disorders, in which the body attacks the follicles and prevents healthy hair growth. These two conditions can lead to widespread hair loss—not just on the scalp, but on the face and all over the body.
Another condition to be aware of is trichotillomania. A nervous disorder, trichotillomania is characterized by the compulsive pulling or twisting of hair. This scars the follicles and can sometimes result in hair loss that is permanent.
Even lifestyle factors should be considered. For instance, did you know that the way you style your hair can sometimes cause it to thin? Anything that pulls at the hair, such as a tight ponytail or “man bun,” can ultimately lead to hair loss. This condition is known as traction alopecia.
When you join us in our Los Angeles studio space, our experts can take a look at your scalp and help you determine what might be causing your hair loss. Then, we can work with you to develop a fully customized solution—allowing you to look and feel like yourself again.
Male hair loss may seem insurmountable. It may seem like something you just have to live with. The reality is that there are always options available to you for hair restoration—and the first step is meeting with our stylists to determine the underlying causes of your hair loss. Make an appointment today for a private, relaxed consultation in one of our warm and welcoming studio spaces—either Los Angeles or Woodland Hills. Schedule your FREE consultation with HRC - Hair Restoration California today!