Understanding the root causes of hair loss remains an important part of developing the right hair restoration treatment plan for our patients. We’d like to share the most common causes of hair loss for men, to help our patients identify medical and procedural treatments that support improvement in hair density, retention and regrowth.
Genes, Hormones and Time
Thanks Mom! It’s true, there are strong hereditary factors that contribute to male pattern hair loss, and these genes can be passed down to men and women from either side of the family. If your father, grandfather or uncles have receding hairlines, you can predict that at some point, you may experience a similar outcome. And interestingly, the areas and pattern of baldness can also be predictable based on heredity too.
The average human scalp contains roughly 100,000 hair follicles and up to 100 hairs can fall out naturally without an underlying condition, daily. The average hair remains healthy and strongly rooted for about 4 years, growing about half an inch every thirty-days.
With Male Pattern baldness, it’s all about genes, hormones and time. Approximately 25% of men in America begin to bald by the time they are thirty years of age. By the age of sixty, about 60% of men have noticeably thinning hair or visually apparent balding. This happens when the individual follicle does not regrow a new hair, after the shaft of the hair has been lost.
Whether it is a challenging career, financial or social factors, stress can have a big impact on our overall health. Stress can speed up the hair loss associated with Male Pattern Baldness, or possibly trigger other causes of hair loss such as Alopecia Areata. Hair loss can be an expression of a hormonal imbalance that is directly attributable to cortisol levels in the body.
We’re wired for ‘fight or flight’ and when the brain registers circumstances of panic or duress, it releases more cortisol to supercharge our energy, to help us cope with the current situation. A flaw in the programming is when stress levels are ongoing and persistent; your body won’t reduce the release of cortisol if it does not feel like the urgent situation has been resolved.
Cortisol affects the cyclic regulation of the hair follicle. It degrades the conditions on the scalp that are required for the retention of hair and regrowth.
When your hair is dry, brittle and falling out, it’s a sign that you want to pay attention to. Your body signals a lack of nutrients by prioritizing the allocation of essential vitamins and nutrients to the most important functions. When there is not enough to go around, the nervous system, the brain and organ functioning take top priority; your body doesn’t make hair growth or retention take precedence over other important daily needs.
Eating a balanced diet is always a challenge, and increasingly, some of the convenience foods we rely on with our busy daily schedules do not offer enough nutritional support to meet the requirements for good health and strong hair growth. Deficiency in vitamin B, iron and protein are strongly linked to hair loss.
The first step is to talk to your primary care provider about nutritional deficiencies. The second-step is to consider upgrading to a quality daily multivitamin than can help you address the gap and reach your minimum RDA’s for nutrients and vitamins.
To learn more about raw foods that contribute to healthy hair, and for some nutritional tips, read our blog article here.
Natural Hair Restorations is proud to offer state of the art technology for FUE hair transplantation and non-invasive treatment plans that can include clinical strength FDA approved medications to support hair regrowth and retention.
Schedule your free consultation with our team today and learn more about effective treatment options to address male and female hair thinning, and hair loss.