Does it seem like just yesterday that you had a full and healthy head of hair? Do you
look back on old photos of yourself and struggle to reconcile that person with the one you see in the mirror? Male Pattern Baldness affects many men, and if you suffer from it (or someone
you love does) you’ll know it strikes a cruel blow to one’s self esteem and masculinity. That doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to living with the condition for the rest of your life, or that your options are limited to surgery, tattoos, toupees and pills. To find a solution that works you must first know what Male Pattern Baldness is, what causes it, and where you can find the best natural treatments for male pattern baldness in Brisbane.
What is Male Pattern Baldness?
Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is genetic hair loss characterised by a receding hairline with thinning on the crown. As it progresses, the sufferer develops a horseshoe shaped rim of hair, with the top of the scalp going bald and receding from the front. It’s estimated that significant balding occurs in one in five Australian men in their twenties, with the numbers increasing to one in three men in their thirties and almost half of all men in their forties.
Hair loss can be caused by hormones, and even medications, illness or stress. To determine if it’s genetic and you suffer from MPB, it’s best to seek advice from a Hair Loss Specialist.
What causes Male Pattern Baldness?
To understand what causes MPB, you have to understand the lifecycle of your hair: Your scalp is covered with follicles that grow hair, and the only living part of the hair lies in this follicle. There are over 100 000 follicles on your scalp, which are in a constant cycle of growth, rest and renewal. Normally, hair density remains constant, meaning that each hair will resemble the one before it.
If you have MPB, your follicles have an inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (a by-product of testosterone), causing the follicle to shrink and new hairs to grow back shorter and finer (a process called miniaturisation) until it stops growing altogether. As each growth cycle is roughly four years, it explains why hair loss seems to worsen with age.
Women get it too
Both Men and women’s bodies create testosterone. This is why ‘male’ baldness can impact women too, although it presents differently. An estimated sixty percent of Australian women have genetic female pattern hair loss of Australian women have genetic female pattern hair loss, which starts with thinning on the top, front and centre of the scalp at the widow’s peak, thinning from ear to ear across the hair’s overall volume and body. Both male and female pattern hair loss is usually inherited by one or both parents, although its exact mechanisms are still being studied by scientists.
What you can do about it
MPB is not an unstoppable process, and if diagnosed early enough, treatments can slow or even stop it. Hair Loss Specialists use the Norwood Scale to determine what stage of male pattern baldness you have, and the first line of defence is anti-androgenic medications that inhibit 5-alpha-reductase, reducing dihydrotestosterone levels.
Should your MPB be advanced, you might be recommended hair transplants, laser light therapy, or micro pigmentation tattooing to create the appearance of a shaven scalp, or hairpieces.
You’ll notice that there are many hair loss shampoos, creams, topical treatments, vitamins and supplements available without prescription from your local pharmacy to help with MPB. However, before you commit to these treatments, it’s important to note that few of these products have supporting data and studies to prove that they work.
What alternative solutions are there?
No matter what stage your MPB is in, remember that the scientific community is continually researching new treatment options, so never assume nothing can be done. If you’d like to explore a more natural and less invasive approach to medication, tattoos and lasers, then we recommend you try one of the solutions offered by Tango Hair Loss in Brisbane. Not only do we specialise in solving hair loss problems, we’re also always researching and adapting new solutions so our clients can enjoy the best treatment available.
We currently offer four different solutions that can be used, no matter what stage of male pattern baldness you are experiencing, and they’ve all been found to be very effective with users. To regain your lost confidence and discuss which best suits your needs, call us on (07) 3366 1388 to arrange your FREE, confidential consultation. That way you can experience the attention and advice of a professional who will help you select the best natural treatment for male pattern baldness.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Tiffany & Rosalie, The Tango Team