Male pattern hair loss is very common and occurs in men of all ages. It is caused by genes and male sex hormones. Hair grows in three yearly cycles so hair loss occurs over a period of time. Older men generally accept it as a normal part of ageing while young men can find it devastating.
Androgenetic alopecia is another name for male pattern baldness. This is because it is related to hormones and genetics. Hair loss generally follows a similar pattern in all men. It is caused by a sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone which shortens the growth cycle of hair follicles.
Hair loss is not a life-threatening condition or an illness. You don’t have to do anything about it if you are happy with the way you look. However, if hair loss is causing you great distress there are ways to disguise it or slow down the process.
Many men who are considered sex symbols have bald heads. Being follicly challenged has not affected the career of hunks like; Vin Diesel and Jason Statham.
Sexy Bald Guys
If you are feeling embarrassed and self-conscious about your hair loss, these Hollywood hunks may inspire you.
- Bruce Willis
- Woody Harrelson
- Stanley Tucci
- Sean Connery
- Samuel. L. Jackson
- Billy Zane
- Taye Diggs
These celebrities suffered hair loss with the cruel eyes of the world observing their receding hairlines. They accepted the change in appearance and cultivated their acting careers so we notice their talent rather than their lack of hair. There is no doubt that they probably went through the same negative feelings everyone feels but they got over it.
Male pattern baldness is caused by a sensitivity to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone. It normally affects middle-aged men but teenage boys can also encounter hair loss. Male pattern baldness normally starts at the temples and spreads backwards. Normally hair is left around the ears and the top of the neck. Men rarely become totally bald and often choose to shave the remaining hair off.
Hair loss is not a life-threatening condition but can cause psychological damage. Some men just cannot come to terms with losing their hair. This is completely understandable because appearance is everything in this digital world. Even the most accomplished men’s confidence can be affected by hair loss.
Although there are no cures for baldness there are treatments that can either disguise or stall the condition.
Some men find losing their hair so upsetting that they don’t want to leave the house. Counselling and talk therapy help you to come to terms with your hair loss and change the way you feel about it. Your hair is only a small part of who you are and should not stop you from achieving your dreams (unless you want to be a hair model). If Bruce Willis locked himself away when his hair fell out we would never, ‘Die Hard’.
Hairpieces And Wigs
If you are prepared to spend time grooming yourself a wig or hairpiece may be the answer. They are much more natural than they used to be and are so realistic that nobody would be able to tell that you are wearing it.
A weave is similar to a hairpiece but is attached to your remaining hair. The advantages are that you can swim, shower and act as if it is the same as your natural hair. Weaves can cause damage to hair by breaking and weakening the strands. This is not a long-term solution due to hair damage.
Elton John opted for a hair transplant after spending many years battling with negative feelings about baldness. Wayne Rooney, James Nesbit, Lewis Walsh and Gordon Ramsay have all had hair transplants. The procedure involves transplanting healthy hair follicles into areas where hair is no longer growing, such as the temples and crown. It is an expensive treatment that may not always work. (NHS)
Clever hairdressers can style your hair so that it distracts attention from your thinning hairline. Comb-overs really just don’t do anything except make wonderful material for comedy clips. If you make the hair you have got look great your hair loss won’t be as noticeable.
Finasteride is used to treat male pattern hair loss. It’s commercial name is Propecia and is also available in generic form. It works by lowering the dihydrotestosterone in your bloodstream. This allows the hair follicles to strengthen and hair growth to resume as normal.
It doesn’t always work for everyone and hair loss will continue if you stop taking it. The side effects may include erectile dysfunction which could discourage some from using it.
Men who suffer hair loss are just as sexy as men with a full head of hair. It is all about having confidence in yourself.
By Birpal Virdee (November 2017)