Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Hair Loss?
Hair loss is used to describe excessive amounts of hair from the scalp falling off until there is a very thin layer of hair or a bald patch left. While some hair loss is normal (between 50 and 100 hairs per day), excessive or rapid loss is cause for concern and needs to be treated to prevent further hair loss. When the rate of hair loss is faster than new hair growth or if new hair doesn’t grow at all, you should look into treatment options.
Hair loss is nothing to worry about in medical terms. It is a natural process, however, it does cause a lot of concern and self-esteem issues in men. This is why most men seek hair loss treatments as soon as the first signs show.
What is the cause of Hair Loss?
In most cases, male pattern baldness is responsible for hair loss in men. The condition is very common and hereditary. In fact, over 6.5 million men in the UK are affected by male pattern baldness. The condition got its name from the fact that the hair loss follows a similar pattern in most men where it starts receding from the front and the top of the scalp.
Although it is primarily hereditary, the condition may be caused by alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder which causes hair to fall off in irregular patterns with sporadic bald patches. In any case, hair loss occurs when hair follicles become too sensitive to testosterone, the male sex hormone. Male pattern baldness means that the affected men have more testosterone receptors which weaken their follicles until they shrink and stop growing new hair.
Hair loss may also occur due to other underlying medical conditions or as a side effect of a treatment. Therefore, you should consult your doctor before you decide to start treating hair loss.
Is there a cure for Hair Loss?
While male pattern baldness cannot be permanently treated, it can be slowed down using proven treatments that slow down the rate of hair loss and simultaneously promote the growth of new hair.
One of the most popular treatments is Finasteride, a treatment that decreases the levels of dihydrotestosterone or DHT which harms the follicles. If taken regularly, finasteride prevents the hair follicles from thinning and slows down the rate of hair loss.