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Reasons for Hair Loss in Men

Although you might be worried about your hair fall problem, losing around 150 to 200 hair strands a day is normal. However, if you are losing more than that, you might want to go to a dermatologist and get a proper check up. There can be various reasons why you might be suffering from hair fall.

Let us have a look at some of them.

Reasons for Hair Loss in men:

Our hair’s lifecycle consists of three phases; Anagen which is the active phase of hair so hair grows during this phase, Catagen this is a short phase in which hair starts breaking down, and Telogen the resting phase.

The hair strands that we lose on a daily basis are in their final phase, i.e. Telogen.

Age is also a reason for hair loss in men as the older you get the more hair you lose.

Apart from these natural processes, there can be some serious problems behind the reasons for hair loss in men. Though it can occur because of some internal disease or poor diet, this is not the reason frequently encountered.

It can be the result of a surgery or excessive stress. Some fungal scalp infections also make you lose hair. Health conditions and hormonal problems, like those related to thyroid gland are also a reason for hair loss in men.

The most common reason for hair loss in men is male pattern baldness which usually comes by inheritance. A male hormone, androgen is largely responsible for hair fall or hair growth. In male pattern baldness, androgen combines with 5-alpha reductase, which is an enzyme. This in turn combines with another male hormone, testosterone, which leads to production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT in excessive quantities is harmful for hair as it reduces hair growth and increases hair fall.

Treatment for Hair Loss in men:

Hair loss can be treated and there are several ways for it.

Medicines prescribed by doctors: These take about half a year to show results and may have side effects since they are drugs. You need a doctor’s prescription to go for this treatment.

Hair Transplant: Fast but excruciatingly painful, hair transplant is an expensive solution to your hair fall problem. However the results are immediate. One thing to be considered in this treatment is that not everyone can have it because it also depends on your hair structure and quality.

Natural products: These include herbal solutions and have to be used regularly. Though hair fall reduces within the first few weeks, it takes several months for hair to start growing again. However, this treatment does not have any side effects and does not require medical prescription.

So even though hair loss in men can occur due to a lot of reasons, there are ways to overcome this problem other than wearing a wig!