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Understanding Male Hair Loss

Understanding Male Hair Loss

In many families, balding has become almost an expected occurrence as a man ages. Even though these men are expecting male hair loss, they don’t escape the emotional turmoil that this condition often causes.
The medical term for genetic male hair loss is “androgenetic alopecia”. For most men, the technical term falls far short of describing the condition. Understanding the cause of hair loss doesn’t guarantee cheerful acceptance, but it can go a long way in helping the victim to cope.
The cause of male hair loss in the vast majority of men is genetic, or a trait inherited from one’s parents. Basically, if one’s family is genetically predisposed to male hair loss, the hormones that developed masculine traits during puberty will begin working against oneself at some point, causing hair to thin and fall out. A certain gene causes the hair follicles to change after puberty, although hair loss may occur until much later. As a man matures, a form of testosterone called DHT begins to rise, and the already affected hair follicles to function less effectively. The hormone imbalance caused by the DHT causes the hair follicle to work less and less, causing the hair that grows there to grow thinner and eventually die and fall out.
This process is called “androgenetic alopecia” by the medical establishment, but many men have much more colorful names for it. Of course, anyone watching late night television knows that there are many hair loss remedies marketed to men and often women. Some medical treatments include the FDA approved Rogaine and Propecia, retail names for the drugs minoxidil and finesteride, respectively. Many companies market hair thickeners and gels, designed to help the hair remaining look thicker, but not providing a solution to the underlying problem.
Of course, there are many “natural” and herbal treatments that claim to regrow hair, some more effective than others. Billions of dollars are spent each year on these treatments. Many men choose hair replacement, plugs or reseeding and some even try a toupee.
Understanding male genetic hair loss is necessarily the first step to searching for a hair loss remedy or even one’s acceptance of baldness. The ultimate goal in either situation is to eliminate male hair loss as a cause of one’s emotional stress.

Is There a Role For Nutrition In Treating Hair Loss?

Is There a Role For Nutrition In Treating Hair Loss?

Could something as basic as inadequate nutrition really contribute to excessive shedding of hair?
Does sensible nutrition have a role to play in helping hair to regrow?
The answer to both questions is yes! There is no doubt that poor nutrition and hectic lifestyles can contribute to hair loss. Modern diets can be associated with a number of nutritional deficiencies that are thought to contribute to hair loss:
The refining of whole grains reduces the B vitamin content.
Over cooking of vegetables destroys B vitamins.
Raw leafy greens are absent in most diets.
The vitamins that have been ingested are often re-directed to facilitate the digestion of nutritionally sterile carbohydrates like sugar and white flour.
Stimulants like caffeine, nicotene and alcohol rob the body of vital nutrients.
Excessive salt intake can encourage hair loss because of its tendency to accumulate in tissue.
Low fiber intake inhibits digestion thus reducing the body's ability to deliver nutrients to the blood stream.
Clearly poor nutrition can cause hair loss because the body will ration nutrients in a hierarchy of vital organs first and hair last. It is unlikely that improved nutrition alone will result in new hair growth but it will minimize shedding and support other treatments that encourage regrowth.
You can learn more about the importance of sound nutrition in maintaining healthy hair at the site listed below.

Hair Loss: The Causes and Misconception of Male Pattern Baldness

Hair Loss: The Causes and Misconception of Male Pattern Baldness

There are roughly 80 million men and women in the world suffering from hair loss. In humans, it is caused by a number of different factors. Male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss and is estimated to affect 90 percent of men by age 50. That said, pattern baldness (or natural hair loss) isn’t specific to men; women suffer from female pattern baldness as well.

WHY PEOPLE LOSE THEIR HAIR
Male pattern baldness (clinically known as androgenetic alopecia) is the most common reason for hair loss. It’s related to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a naturally occurring hormone present in all men. DHT has a detrimental affect on the hair follicles. It slows down hair production and causes new hairs to be shorter and weaker than usual. The hormone can even completely stop hair growth, gradually depleting your stock of hair. There are a number of other reasons why people go bald, including other forms of alopecia, the treatment of terminal illnesses and diet, just to name a few. Surgical hair loss treatments like Bosley are most commonly used to regrow hair loss caused by male pattern baldness.

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HAIR LOSS
By default, men typically blame mom for hair loss, as it was widely understood that hair loss is simply inherited from their mother’s side. This is just one of a number of common hair loss misconceptions:

– Hair loss is inherited from your mother’s father — Not true. Baldness is inherited, but from both your mother's and father's genes.
– Hair loss slows and eventually stops as you age — Not true. Hair loss is a progressive trait that doesn't stop; in fact, it gets worse with age.
– Hats or helmets can cause hair loss — Not true. Wearing something on your head has no effect on hair loss. Although hairpieces and weaves that pull and strain your hair may cause traction alopecia.
– Brushing or massaging the scalp reduces hair loss — There isn't sufficient evidence to conclude that brushing or massaging the scalp prevents or reduces hair loss.
– Too much sun causes hair loss — Not true. Though excessive sun exposure is damaging to your hair, there isn’t evidence to conclude that it causes permanent hair loss.
HAIR LOSS TREATMENT
As previously stated, there are various hair loss treatments, which have been proven to stop hair loss, and in some cases even regrow lost hair. Of the non-surgical hair treatments, Propecia and Minoxidil seem to be effective with a significant number of people. New, alternative methods of laser treatments have also been developed. First, there was the LaserComb, which employs low-level laser light technology to coerce hair follicles to regenerate. The handheld device requires people to spend 20 minutes a day running the comb through their hair. Recently, the technology has been further developed, evolving into a more effective, less intensive treatment. In the new laser treatment, a laser light helmet is used to aim high concentrations of laser light at affected areas of the scalp.

If you, however, have already experienced significant male pattern baldness and are looking to naturally and permanently cover your bald spot, then hair restoration surgery might be your best bet.

HAIR RESTORATION
Over the past century, hair restoration has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among men and women alike. There’s a plethora of hair restoration surgeons in the United States, many of which provide their patients with stellar results.

Hair restoration surgery involves transplanting hair follicles from the donor areas of the head—typically the back and sides—to the bald or thinning areas. These are called grafts. Each graft can contain between 1 to 4 hairs. Because the donor hairs are from areas of the head that are not prone to balding, they are considered permanent when transplanted to balding areas, such as the scalp. The result is often a permanent, natural looking head of hair.

BattleAgainstBald.com follows real hair restoration patients as they restore their natural hairlines with Bosley procedures. Torrance and Seth are the Battle Against Bald’s Bosley patients and in addition to their weekly entries detailing the updates of their Bosley procedures, the blog provides a wealth of comprehensive information on hair loss, its causes and the methods used to combat it.

It has been nine months since Seth’s Bosley hair restoration and it’s official, he has more hair. Seth wanted to improve the appearance of his hair and restore a more youthful hairline, which he was able to achieve through just one Bosley procedure. Most hair restoration patients don’t start to see results until 3-5 months after the procedure. It has been four months since Torrance’s Bosley procedure and he’s beginning to see signs of hair after years of male pattern baldness.
Battle Against Bald is a blog that is sponsored by Bosley that speaks to those who are struggling with hair loss and are interested in hair restoration.

~Ben Anton, 2007

Is There A Role For Nutrition In Dealing With Hair Loss?

Is There A Role For Nutrition In Dealing With Hair Loss?

Could something as basic as inadequate nutrition really contribute to excessive shedding of hair?

Does sensible nutrition have a role to play in helping hair to regrow?

The answer to both questions is yes! There is no doubt that poor nutrition and hectic lifestyles can contribute to hair loss. Modern diets can be associated with a number of nutritional deficiencies that are thought to contribute to hair loss:

1. The refining of whole grains reduces the B vitamin content.

2. Over cooking of vegetables destroys B vitamins.

3. Raw leafy greens are absent in most diets.

4. The vitamins that have been ingested are often re-directed to facilitate the digestion of nutritionally sterile carbohydrates like sugar and white flour.

5. Stimulants like caffeine, nicotene and alcohol rob the body of vital nutrients.

6. Excessive salt intake can encourage hair loss because of its tendency to accumulate in tissue.

7. Low fiber intake inhibits digestion thus reducing the body's ability to deliver nutrients to the blood stream.

Clearly poor nutrition can cause hair loss because the body will ration nutrients in a hierarchy of vital organs first and hair last. It is unlikely that improved nutrition alone will result in new hair growth but it will minimize shedding and support other treatments that encourage regrowth.

Natural Hair Loss Treatment – Herbs

Natural Hair Loss Treatment – Herbs

Hair loss treatments are usually divided into two groups: natural hair loss treatments and all the other hair loss remedies. Unfortunately, many people that experience hair loss are not aware of the natural hair loss remedies. They usually get frustrated after having side effects of the hair loss remedies or spend too much money on ineffective hair loss remedies.

Herbal hair loss treatments have been proven effective for decades and in some cases even centuries. They cause no side effects, cost less than any other hair loss treatment and bring good results in preventing hair loss, stopping hair loss and regrowing hair.

Here are some of the most common herbs for hair loss:

1. Rosmary (Rosmarinus in Latin) – known for stimulating hair growth and for enhancing dark hair.

2. Dong Quai – A Traditional Chinese herb that contains phytoestrogens that reduces the formation of DHT. Hence, Dong Quai is beleieved to stop hair loss and even regrow hair.

3. Saw Palmetto – A small creeping palm – Also known as Serenoa repens. It contains free fatty acids and phytosterols, which block the formation of DHT and by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that contributes to androgenetic alopecia. and has shown to be more effective than Finasteride in some cases.

4. Aloe Vera – Taken from the inner leaves of plants, it is a substance in a gel formation that is known for its ability to calm irritated skin. It protects the scalp and hair and also known as a good remedy against Alopecia.

5. Capsicum – A type of hot peppers which stimulates hair growth by at least half and increases blood flow to the scalp. This herb is good for regrowing hair.

6. Lemongrass – A pale green stalk about 18 inches long. This herb stables oil product in the scalp. It also increases fullness and body to the hair.

If you suffer from hair loss or thinning hair or just want to keep your hair healthy and strong, it is recommended to use herbal hair loss treatments.

The Shocking Truth About Female Hair Loss

The Shocking Truth About Female Hair Loss

When you talk about genetic hair loss most people think about the most common form of hair loss: male-pattern baldness. This is the type of hair loss that is passed on genetically to offspring from their mothers. Most often the recipients of this type of hair loss are men, but sometimes the gene can result in female hair loss.

While genetic baldness in men is identified by a receding hairline or balding crown, genetic hair loss in women is a bit different. In most cases, a woman will not lose her hair in spots only but will thin out evenly throughout the head. Sometimes, this thinning can be quite severe and result in the woman having to wear a wig to cover up her thinning tresses. While female hair loss almost never results in a completely bald head, it can be extreme enough to expose the scalp quite plainly.

For the woman facing this type of hair loss, there are a few hair loss treatment options that can be explored. They include shampoos, conditioners and topical treatments, such as Rogaine for women, which stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss; vitamin supplements; and stimulatory treatments such as massage and infra-red therapy. The most successful of these hair loss treatments are the topical treatments. While they are quite expensive, they produce the best results.

Hair loss due to chemical processes

No matter how healthy and strong your hair is today, you could experience severe hair loss after undergoing a harsh chemical process such as a perm or color. While almost all chemical hair fallout is due to operator error, the chance of it occurring is multiplied by chemical services that you perform on your hair at home. I've seen more than one case of female hair loss in clients who have bleached their hair at home, colored it over and then came to the salon for yet another bleaching. Not knowing this past history, the stylist used too strong a chemical, and the process resulted in hair loss.

Since most of these cases do not result in complete hair loss, the hair loss treatment options include protein treatments and other conditioning treatments to strengthen the remaining hair; a good hair cut that will remove most of the damage; and a gentle hair-care routine that will minimize further hair loss due to breakage. You should also refrain from using thermal styling tools and undergoing any further chemical procedures until the hair is completely grown out.

Hair loss due to stress

Cases of severe stress can literally cause handfuls of hair loss at a time. Women experiencing stressful conditions can experience female hair loss represented by thinning all over the head or in spots called alopecia areata. Alopecia areata means “Hair loss in spots or areas,” and can result in bald circular patches on one or more spots of the scalp. While this type of hair loss is alarming, it is not permanent. After the stress is removed, most sufferers of this type of hair loss regrow all of the hair that they lost.

In most cases, the hair loss treatment for stress-related hair loss is minimal. After ruling out other causes of hair loss, your doctor will likely recommend changes in your diet or ideas to help alleviate your stress. Keep in mind that it can take months for your hair to grow back even after the stressors have been eliminated.

Hair loss due to illness

Any type of extended illness or surgery can result in hair loss. Medications taken to combat certain types of illnesses can also cause your hair to become brittle and break or fall out altogether. The most identifiable type of hair loss is the loss associated with chemotherapy treatments. In most cases, this hair loss is complete and affects all areas of the body.

While there is little that can be done to prevent this type of hair loss or promote growth during illness, surgery or chemotherapy treatments, this type of female hair loss is also temporary. In most cases, full recovery of hair is made after the illness is over.

You can promote hair growth after the illness by getting regular trims and using growth enhancing shampoos and conditioners. Vitamin supplements may also be beneficial.

As you may have already guessed, hair loss in women is more common than we might think. And many may be experiencing hair loss and dismiss it as a natural occurrence that comes along with age. A lot of these women fail to seek the necessary hair loss treatment that can help them keep their remaining hair and regrow new hair. So, if you are experiencing hair loss, do not think that it is just because you are getting older. There may be something that you can do to keep the hair on your head from clogging your drain.

Hair Loss Tricks And Tips That Work (4)

Hair Loss Tricks And Tips That Work

Hair is so important in today's society that Americans alone spend billions of dollars on hair care products like shampoos, weaves and other styling options. And that's not even touching the huge industry of hair re-growth products out there. Before you fork out the money, here are a few hair loss tips you should read.

It is known that poor health and bad nutrition first manifest in the fingernails and hair follicles. As such, make sure to get good nutrition. However, do not over indulge in any one particular thing. An over consumption of Vitamin A and E have both been linked to hair loss.

There are some medications to help prevent further hair loss, but few of them have been shown to regrow any kind of hair. Be aware of claims that say you can regrow a full head of hair as they are typically lies and often indicate a product which can actually be dangerous.

To keep from going bald, maintain a diet rich in nutrients. Vitamins like calcium, zinc, and B, all boost hair health, making your hair follicles strong enough to resist baldness. Because hair is protein based, you should also consume plenty of proteins, and keep yourself hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water a day.

Jojoba oil is a natural ingredient you can use to prevent your hair from falling out. This natural oil works by keeping the scalp healthy and hair strong. It also controls dandruff as well. Jojoba oil can be found at many pharmacies and drug stores, usually in the hair product aisle.

If you are losing your hair choose natural conditioners and hair and scalp treatments that are rich in amino acids and proteins to naturally thicken the individual hair shafts. This will give the impression of thicker and fuller hair. After treatment allow your hair to dry naturally rather than using a damaging blow dryer.

Do everything you can to reduce the stress in your life. Stress can cause and also exacerbate hair loss. It is important to practice taking deep breaths to help yourself calm down and to find relaxing activities, such as reading, that you enjoy doing. If you can minimize the amount of stress in your life, you should see improvements in the quality of your hair.

Hair loss can be a great difficulty for many men as they feel as though they have lost a part of themselves. If you are feeling this way then you should try to take some time to mourn your hair. After you have dealt with this feeling you will be able to move forward.

When worried about hair loss, you should try to do without harsh chemical treatments that may damage and traumatize your hair and scalp. Forego dying or straightening your hair or getting a permanent. Instead, look into gentle ways of styling your hair that make the most of the hair you have and do not cause stress or breakage.

Your natural inclination might be to believe the high-dollar advertising over a few simple tips like these. But you should attempt to stay away from those expensive products unless nothing else works. The tips you've read throughout this article stand a great chance of helping you reclaim your hair, so be sure to try these first.

Hair Loss: A Guide To Preventing It

Hair Loss: A Guide To Preventing It

From the many wigs and hair care products and medications on the market promising to re-grow hair, you can tell that being bald is definitely an undesirable attribute in the world. Some will try practically anything to grow their hair back. Before you do more harm than good, check out these hair loss tips.

If you have lost your hair, whether due to genetics or something like chemotherapy, one way in which you can help this is simply to accept it. There is no shame in losing your hair. It happens to millions of people around the globe. Embracing it now might just be the best way to go.

Avoid eating too much salt and sugar. You should entirely eliminate both of these from your diet. Eating too much salt or sugar can contribute to hair loss and make it harder to grow your hair back. Most vegetables have their own sodium, so cut back on the salt and you will come to like them even more.

Ginger extracts can help the hair follicles be healthy and help you hair grow. The ginger should be finely chopped up and applied on the spot baldness is occurring. Since the scent can be very strong you can also mix it with a lead powder to get better results.

One of the best ways to prevent hair loss is to prevent your hair from tangling, so it's best that you use a very soft pillow when you're sleeping. Make sure you purchase a pillow case that's smooth. Think satin or silk here. Also, never go to sleep with wet hair. This will cause massive tangling.

Hair loss can demonstrate that the body is in poor health, before any illness is detected. Eating healthy foods is necessary to ensure that your body gets the minerals and vitamins it needs. Getting the right amount of nutrients is important to your hair health as well as your body's health.

As tough it may be, you may want to avoid masturbating if you want to prevent balding and hair loss. Research has shown that masturbation leads to elevated levels of DHT, a male hormone that causes hair loss. If you are going to masturbate, try not to do so everyday.

People who comb or brush their hair frequently should purchase a better brush if they're losing hair. Make sure that you have a gentle comb or brush and make sure that you're keeping the tangles out of your hair. Pulling on tangles will pull your hair out, so brush frequently and gently here.

There are some medications to help prevent further hair loss, but few of them have been shown to regrow any kind of hair. Be aware of claims that say you can regrow a full head of hair as they are typically lies and often indicate a product which can actually be dangerous.

Like the article alluded to up top, some people attempting to grow their hair back end up causing a lot of damage to their scalp, making hair growth virtually impossible. Don't try anything crazy. Stick to what you've learned above and you should be able to re-grow your hair effectively.

Helpful Tips For Preventing And Dealing With Hair Loss

Helpful Tips For Preventing And Dealing With Hair Loss

Are you looking for ways to deal with hair loss that's already occurring, or to prevent hair loss from ever happening to you? If you're concerned about losing your hair, don't worry. Here are some great things you should consider trying if you're among the many people who are worried about hair loss.

Having toxins in your body can help speed up the hair loss process, so you should aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to help strengthen your hair. Drinking this amount of water helps to purge your body of the toxins that can damage hair follicles. Once these toxins are gone, your hair can grow strong.

Use a conditioner on your hair that will allow it to rebuild nutrients and be more manageable. Conditioner can strengthen the hair as well as make brushing or combing less damaging to the hair. Massage vigorously when conditioning to stimulate blood flow which will prompt the hair to be more responsive to conditioning.

There are some medications to help prevent further hair loss, but few of them have been shown to regrow any kind of hair. Be aware of claims that say you can regrow a full head of hair as they are typically lies and often indicate a product which can actually be dangerous.

Avoid using anti-dandruff shampoos. Many people treat their scalps for dandruff when they do not actually have it. You will end up causing quite a bit of damage to your scalp if you treat it for the problem that it does not have. Dandruff is actually yellow flakes, not white powdery flakes.

If you are suffering from hair loss, have a blood test done to check your iron levels. Excessive hair loss can be caused by anemia. If an iron deficiency is detected, your doctor can prescribe an iron supplement for you. If there are no other underlying causes, taking the supplement regularly will most likely cure your hair loss problem.

Try to keep yourself from being stressed out. Having stress can lead to hair loss and early gray hair. You can avoid the stress by using methods like meditation or yoga. This will help keep stress levels down and help you with maintaining your hair and not losing any more.

Avoid the use of harsh shampoos if you are trying to save your hair. They can be incredibly drying and make the hair shaft rough and difficult to comb or brush. Use a shampoo formulated for babies or children for the gentlest cleansing and condition well after shampooing. If you use sticky styling products, brush your hair well before shampooing to remove as much of the product as possible and use a gentle clarifying shampoo occasionally to remove build-up.

Panax Ginseng can be taken in many forms and has been used for many healing reasons, including that of stimulation of hair growth and to combat hair loss. Panax Ginseng helps the body with vascular circulation and also is known to regulate cellular metabolism. Panax Ginseng can be taken as a tea or in pill form. It can also be found in shampoos, conditioners and hair tonics. Panax Ginseng will help strengthen existing hair as well.

This article contains information about dealing with and preventing hair loss. By following this advice, you no longer have to feel powerless about losing hair. You will be able live a happier life without the stress and worries of hair loss.

Hair Loss: Natural Methods To Combat It (4)

Hair Loss: Natural Methods To Combat It

Every year, millions of adults find themselves trying to cope with the effects of excessive thinning or loss of their hair. Men are not the only victims; women may also experience hair loss as a result of heredity, medical conditions, adverse reactions or any of dozens of other potential causes. The tips and tricks in this article offer useful advice for anyone dealing with hair loss.

There are some medications to help prevent further hair loss, but few of them have been shown to regrow any kind of hair. Be aware of claims that say you can regrow a full head of hair as they are typically lies and often indicate a product which can actually be dangerous.

Avoid using anti-dandruff shampoos. Many people treat their scalps for dandruff when they do not actually have it. You will end up causing quite a bit of damage to your scalp if you treat it for the problem that it does not have. Dandruff is actually yellow flakes, not white powdery flakes.

Doing a handstand for at least 15 minutes each day can in fact help you to grow your hair. When your scalp has good blood flow, it's receiving a lot of oxygen. And a lot of oxygen, along with the right stimulation, creates the right conditions in which to grow hair. So a simple handstand can help you to grow hair and combat hair loss.

As tough it may be, you may want to avoid masturbating if you want to prevent balding and hair loss. Research has shown that masturbation leads to elevated levels of DHT, a male hormone that causes hair loss. If you are going to masturbate, try not to do so everyday.

Hair and nails are made of keratin, which derives from protein. Make sure that you have enough protein in your diet. The best way to get a lot of protein in your diet is from meats and poultry, but if you are a vegetarian you should consider taking a supplement.

A scalp massage can be a great, natural, way to combat hair loss. You don't need a professional to do it either! Use a bit of argan or coconut oil on your finger tips and rub your head in circular motions before you shampoo while in the shower each night.

Hair loss and grooming tips! To help you stimulate hair growth, brush your scalp regularly. A hard brush with a lot of space between the bristles will massage your scalp, which in turn, will help stimulate blood flow to your scalp. This blood flow will bring in nutrients that your hair needs to stimulate growth!

Be proactive about your hair loss. If you have longer hair and you notice it starting to fall out, get a shorter haircut or consider shaving your head. This will make the hair loss less startling and prevent long loose strands from clogging your shower drain and ending up all over your home.

Regardless of your age, sex, or medical condition, there are a variety of options available to you that can possibly slow, reduce or treat the rate and degree of hair loss. Using the information found in this article offers an excellent starting point for anyone who wishes to explore the nature of hair loss and its causes.