Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

Are you starting to lose your hair and feel like you’re losing part of your identity? Hair loss is often morally hard to accept for a man and directly affects self-esteem. Understanding this phenomenon can help you to better accept it and decide which treatment option is best for you. Because hair loss is gradual and can be slowed down. Statistically it is very simple, 20% of men in their twenties are affected, 30% for men in their thirties are affected and 50% for men over 50. And beware trap, it’s 80% for the over 70s, the point of no return.

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Hair Loss: Causes

Hair loss, or alopecia, is the scientific phenomenon denoting the acceleration of hair loss. When are we talking about alopecia? Hair loss is a normal process. On the other hand, it is estimated that hair loss is excessive from 100 hairs per day. It’s a long time to count, don’t do it.

Hair loss can be caused by disease but the most common cause of hair loss is hereditary and androgenic, this is commonly called baldness. It usually occurs gradually with age and according to predictable patterns – hair loss and gulf formation in men as well as thinning of hair. Scientists believe that hair loss stems from an excess of male hormones like testosterone that act on hair follicles. Over time, the hair follicle becomes less and less deep in the derm and atrophys. As they become smaller, hair that grows back tends to be thinner, thinner and shorter. Eventually, it takes longer for the hair to grow back. Then the follicles will shrink so that no hair grows at all.

Male pattern baldness manifests itself in a revealing form: a bald hairline and thinning strands around the crown of your head. Over time, this area will become bald, but you will still have a horseshoe hair pattern over your ears.

It is said that the gene is passed from mother to child, so if you want to determine your chances of hair loss, it would be more indicative to look at your mother’s father rather than your own father.

How is hair loss treated?

Men generally seek treatment for hair loss for aesthetic rather than medical reasons. Some medications can stop or slow down hair loss, and sometimes create new hair growths. It is easier to slow down hair loss than to promote regrowth. It is therefore advisable to consult a specialist as soon as the first episodes of hair loss to optimize the drug solution. Different forms of treatments exist, in the form of shampoos, lotions, tablets or dietary supplements.

Une autre option de traitement est la transplantation capillaire, qui consiste à prélever de minuscules bouchons de cheveux aux endroits où ils continuent de pousser et à les insérer dans les zones chauves. Ceci peut causer des cicatrices mineures mais il y a un faible risque d’infection cutanée. C’est une technique chirurgicale classique de greffe.

Beaucoup de gens acceptent la chute des cheveux chez l’homme comme une partie normale du vieillissement. Pour d’autres, elle peut être pénible, surtout si elle survient à un jeune âge.

D’autres techniques plus expérimentales existent comme, attention mot barbare, la tricopigmentation ou micropigmentation qui consiste à masquer les imperfections causées par la perte de cheveux en tatouant des petites points noirs sur le crâne. Le rendu est si réaliste et naturel qu’on dirait des poils bruns ou gris sur le crâne.

Finally, and this is very new, American researchers may have found a technique using 3D printing to make hair grow back. The idea is to use 3D printers to replicate the environment conducive to the development of follicular cells in the scalp. The transplanted stem cells or follicles would then be protected and the creation of the hair a success. The hair transplant method requires a transplant from an area where the hair growth is still stable enough for it to take elsewhere. With the new method and thanks to 3D printing, scientists are able to create a real hair farm, a hair grid ready to be transplanted onto the scalp, without having to recover follicles elsewhere. But don’t rejoice too quickly, as this technique is still experimental in the test stage on mice and the operation could be very expensive.

How do I slow down hair loss?

In all cases, it is recommended to slow down hair loss by:

  • Take care of your hair by opting for gentle shampoos
  • Limit the use of gel, hairsa giving or other styling products
  • Massage the scalp
  • Avoid stressful situations
  • Prefer cold water to hot water (sorry) when shampooing
  • Don’t smoke
  • Again to have a healthy and balanced diet, rich in iron

Norwood-Hamilton Scale

This measurement tool was introduced by James Hamilton in the 1950s and later updated by O’Tar Norwood in the 1970s. Dr. Hamilton was the first to observe the role of testosterone in hair loss. Dr. Norwood resumed his work and completed it to result in a seven-phase classification of the state of alopecia, based on hair density over three main areas of the skull:

  • The temples
  • The Gulfs
  • The top of the skull

You are offered the test to judge where you are at.

Stage 1 of hair loss

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

The hair grows normally. No sign of excessive hair loss.

Stage 2 of hair loss

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

This stage is the stage that acts the onset of baldness. The first signs appear discreetly on the frontal part: a slight clearing is created at the gulfs and temples.

Stage 3 of hair loss

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

The clearing is increasing and the gulfs are widening. The density of hair at the top of the skull also begins to weaken. This is the real beginning of baldness.

Stade 4 de la perte de cheveux

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

At this stage, the clearing of the gulfs and temples is particularly accentuated and a hairless area (tonsure) is drawn at the top of the skull. It is at this stage that the hair transplant is advised as there are still enough active follicles, after it will be too late.

Stade 5 de la perte de cheveux

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

Alopecia is increasing at the top of the skull or vertex. The bald area is growing.

Stade 6 de la perte de cheveux

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

The three areas affected by baldness meet and the hair density decreases drastically over the entire skull. The top of the skull is completely smooth, only the sides of the head still have hair.

Stade 7 de la perte de cheveux

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions

This is the ultimate step. The skull and frontal and temporal lobes are completely bald. The remaining hair falls out and an unsightly down forms on the rest of the skull. Baldness is definitely installed and there is almost no hair except for the low crowns.

Hair Loss Causes and Solutions