Hair fall or hair loss is something that takes a huge toll not only on our self-confidence but also on our mental health. Let’s face it; no one likes to see clumps of hair on their combs, pillow covers or in the bathroom. Hair forms an integral part of our identity and loss of it comes as a massive blow to most of us. So what we start doing is, start trying every product available under the sun to save those traces from falling; or taking up expensive treatments which, even if, are not able to get your hair back, can definitely make your bank balance lighter by a few grands! So the right thing to do would be to diagnose the exact reason behind your hair fall, which will help you treat the problem from the roots! To help you out, here is a list of most common reasons that can cause men to lose their hair:
1. It simply is, genes: Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Here, you start losing hair from over your temples, which eventually leads to forming of the pattern, ’m’ by your receding hairline. In this situation, you actually have no one to blame but your genes, as it can be affected by genes from both sides. But the good news is that it’s possible to treat this condition by a prescription tablet called finasteride. The better news? This treatment helps prevent hair loss in 90% of men!
2. Telogen Effluvium: This is a condition in which the hair remains in the natural shedding phase of the growth cycle, which hence leads to more hair loss. Although this is a temporary condition, while suffering from it, it might lead to handfuls of hair loss, which can be stressful. Telogen effluvium can happen due to thyroid problems or as a side effect of certain medications. Once suffering from it, you need to visit your doctor who can treat it by finding out the exact underlying reason.
3. You are ageing: Well, as we age, especially once we cross thirty, our hair growth starts to slow down, and the volume decreases. This is a widespread phenomenon which both men and women have to go through as they age. Although most men are smart enough to make their hair loss a part of their identity by embracing it like a man, many, may still not feel comfortable enough with those losing strands or shiny crown showing up. Medications like minoxidil or even hair transplants can help deal with the problem.
4. Hair chemicals and Styles: Well, we need to take care of our hair for it to thrive and survive. Although styling your hair into cornrows or tightly tying your hair back into a man bun might make you look like a stud, it might be loosening your hair strands enough for them to start falling over some time. Harsh chemicals and tight hairstyles are responsible for the development of a condition known as traction alopecia. The best solution? Start taking care of your hair if you want it to be there! It’s easier to change your hairstyle than to make your hair grow back!
5. Tinea Capitis: Also known as ringworms, it has nothing to do with worms but is a fungal infection, that might develop anywhere, including on the scalp. If it grows on the scalp, then it causes temporary bald areas along with other symptoms like brittle hair and oozing blisters on the scalp. Antifungal or antibiotic medicines might be prescribed by your doctor to help treat the same.
6. Nutritional deficiencies: If you have lost weight suddenly or is taking a diet lacking in essential nutrients like iron, vitamins and folic acid, then this also might lead to hair loss temporarily. The best way to check for nutritional deficiencies is to get a blood test done by your doctor.