Hair Loss Challenges for Men
Men generally do not discuss their hair goals or challenges with others and when it comes to hair loss, many suffer in silence.
So let’s get right to it and share some of the things we have discovered over the years.
First and foremost there are a few questions to ask to help you understand your hair loss and your options. They are:
- Will I go bald?
- What is causing my hair loss?
- How long will it take me to go bald?
- What options do I have?
Will I go bald?
Everyone loses hair.
Generally speaking, most men (and some women) will go bald but usually later in life. About 25% of men will go bald before the age of 30 however. which leads us to what causes it.
What is causing my hair loss?
It is important to know what is causing your hair loss as not all hair loss is the same.
Hair loss, beyond mail pattern baldness, happens for a number of reasons and the solutions are just as varied. It can be caused by stress, surgery, scalp infections or alopecia. The good news is that in many cases, hair loss is not permanent.
Let’s start with male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness can be considered ongoing baldness which usually forms at the temples or the crown. One of the main causes is genetics and having a family history of male pattern baldness. Scientists think genes may affect how sensitive your hair follicles are to a group of sex hormones called DHT (andogens).
It may not seem like good news, but if your hair is falling out in clumps or at unpredictable times, it is most likely to be the symptom of something other than male pattern baldness and our next causes; stress, alopecia and scalp infections.
Stress can be caused by a number of things.
Alopecia is a condition where a person (male or female) loses patches of hair and is usually caused by an autoimmune disorder.
Scalp infections can be caused by a number of reasons.
A simple visit to the doctor will help you determine what is causing you hair loss and more importantly putting a stop to hair loss caused by alopecia, scalp infections and stress.
How long will it take me to go bald?
Although there are no “steadfast rules”, some go bald in as short a time as five years but most men will take between 15-25 years.
What can I do to stop my hair from falling out?
This is where advice, differs from person to person.
We asked Lance for his personal professional opinion on helping men deal with hair loss and his approach with his male clients who have hair loss concerns are as follows.
Lance first suggests that his clients understand the cause of their hair loss and to seek medical attention if needed.
Next, he suggests that men should ask if they want to embrace or treat their hair loss (male pattern baldness).
Embracing it is simple as we evolve with cuts and styles that keep the hair looking stylish and full until baldness overtakes the hair
If Lance’s clients seek to treat their hair loss
If Lance’s clients seek to treat their hair loss, whether their hair will grow back (alopecia, stress, surgery,etc) or not (male pattern baldness), Lance suggests you can follow the same thought process or regimen. He supports his clients by first of all recommending stress management through exercise, diet and vitamins. Next, he describes and recommends his solutions from the least invasive, in-salon services and at-home care products (topical) to more invasive (drugs and surgery) and escalating only if we are not seeing the results we are hoping for within 4-6 months.