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It is normal to shed about 50 to 100 hair strands a day. With over 100,000 hairs on your head, losing 100 strands a day may not seem like a big deal. But if you’re shedding more hair than usual or you notice some thinning patches of hair, you are probably experiencing male hair loss.

Hair loss is one of the most common symptoms of aging. Although hair loss in prevalent in older adults, hair loss can also occur in younger individuals as well. Both men and women tend to lose hair as they age, but the problem seems to be more apparent in male. In fact, studies suggest that 25% of men suffer from thinning hair by the time they’re 30. 50% of them will either be bald or are suffering from male hair loss by the age of 50.

There are a number of factors that play a part in the in the development of male pattern baldness in younger men. Here are some of the most common reasons why young men start losing hair.

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Genetics

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 80 million Americans suffer from hereditary hair loss. This is the most common cause of male hair loss. You may be more vulnerable if either your mother or father or both your parents had hair loss. In some cases, they start losing hair in their 20s or 30s.

Androgenetic Alopecia is a type of hair loss that is caused by a gene you inherited from your parents. The condition usually develops slowly. In most cases, it begins at the crown and temples and then progresses into an M-shaped pattern. It usually begins with thinning of the hair and then eventually progresses to complete hair loss.

Unfortunately, hereditary pattern baldness is permanent. Once you begin losing hair, there is no way you can reverse it. The good news is that you can slow down the process. Finasteride and Minoxidil solution may help slow further hair loss.

Stress and anxiety causes male hair loss

Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, several studies revealed that exposure to a moderate level of stress can push you to peak performance. It can build your brain power, boost memory, and improve alertness. Chronic much stress, however, can be detrimental to your health. It can weaken your immune system, rob you of mental clarity, and strain your heart. You may also notice some physical symptoms such as upset stomach, headache, tense muscles, pains, and even hair loss.

Typically, 80-90% of your hair follicles are actively growing, while the remaining 10-20% is in the resting phase. When you experience too much stress, your hair follicles can be pushed prematurely into the resting state. This condition is called Telogen Effluvium. It is often characterized by excessive hair shedding due to disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of the hair.

Telogen effluvium doesn’t have to be permanent. You are likely to grow your hair back once you get your stress levels under control. Keep stress from reaching severe levels. Take time each day to relax and do things that make you happy. By taking care of yourself, you can restore your hair’s natural cycle and promote healthy hair growth.

Serious health condition

Hair loss is a normal part of aging, with over 95% of adults aged 65 and up suffers from thinning hair. But sometimes, it may be due to an underlying medical condition.

If you aren’t stressed or you don’t have a family history of early onset male pattern baldness, a medical condition may be what’s causing the problem. If you notice that you’re shedding more hair than usual or if you have sudden or patchy hair loss, consult your doctor. Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Anemia, Crohn’s Disease, and Lupus are just some of the most common illnesses that cause male hair loss.

Not only can serious illness lead to hair loss, some of the medication and treatment methods may cause your hair follicles to die and fall out. If you notice that you’re losing more hair than usual, you can ask your doctor to incorporate hair loss treatment into your treatment.

Scalp condition

There are some scalp conditions that can cause your hair to fall out. Most of these scalp conditions cause temporary hair loss and can be treated well.

Psoriasis is a condition that causes scaling of the skin. Roughly half of the people with Psoriasis have it on their scalp. It can pop up as s single patch or can affect the entire scalp. Individuals with scalp Psoriasis usually suffer from hair loss. This, however, is temporary. The hair will grow back once the condition has been treated.

Folliculitis is another scalp condition that causes hair loss. It occurs when viruses, fungi or bacteria invade the hair follicles. You may notice some small bald patches. Hair loss occurs due to the inflammation in the hair follicles. Hair may grow back once the scalp condition improves. But in more severe cases, hair loss may be permanent.

Poor nutrition

Most people want to get thinner, but the last thing they want to associate the word thin with is their hair. If you have dull, dry, and thinning hair, it may be time to examine what you put on your plate.

Most people fail to realize this, but your hair is actually a reflection of your health. What you feed your body will show on your hair. If your diet is usually composed of fast foods and processed foods, you shouldn’t be surprised if you have thinning and lacklustre hair. Lack of protein in the diet may also cause male hair loss.

Poor nutrition weakens the hair shaft, slows re-growth, and increases the shedding of the hair. Fortunately, your hair will grow back once nutrient deficiency is corrected. Make sure that your fill you daily diet with healthy and nutritious foods. Protein, Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Folic Acid are a must for healthy hair. Supplements are also beneficial if you can’t get all the vitamins and minerals you need through your diet.

Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. It can cause fatal diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, and COPD. But did you know that smoking can also lead to male hair loss?

Several studies have found a link between cigarette smoking and hair loss. In fact, the association is largely attributed to poor circulation. Your hair follicles need a generous supply of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to maintain healthy hair growth. Another cause is the toxins in cigarettes, which can harm hair follicles. Long-term smokers notoriously suffer from poor circulation. It reduces circulation to the extremities and pollutes the blood, which negatively affects the liver.

There is no shortage of reason to quit smoking. If you’re looking for one more good reason to throw that pack of cigarette in the trash, you may want to add saving your hair to your list.

Both men and women can experience hair loss. However, it tends to be more common in men. Studies suggest that two-thirds of men will have lost a little hair by the age of 35. 85% of them will experience thinning or hair loss men by the age of 50.

Most men panic upon realizing that they are starting to lose their hair. But you need to understand that we all shed some strands every day. In fact, it is common to lose about 50 to 100 strands a day. So don’t panic if you see a few hair strands falling off. But if you shed large amounts of hair every day and you don’t know what you do, then we encourage you to read this blog post.

Here’s what you need to do when you start losing hair. You can slow the erosion of your hairline by following the tips below.

Eat healthy

Protein-rich foods

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When you flip through the pages of a magazine or go online, you’ll be bombarded with several advertisements of hair products. Many of them claim to make your hair grow super fast. While these products may help slow down or reverse hair loss men, the best kept secrets to growing a thicker head of hair can be found in your kitchen pantry.

Your hair is a reflection of your overall health. In fact, the condition and health of your hair can give you an insight into what’s going on inside your body. If you want to have a full head of thick, shiny hair, you should start making changes to your diet.

Our hair is made up of a super strong protein called keratin. `That means, our hair requires an adequate amount of protein to grow. A diet that is low in protein will leave you with dull, dry, and brittle locks. Eventually, this can lead to hair loss. Make sure that you incorporate protein-rich foods such as eggs, lean meat, and milk, cheese, and seafoods into your daily diet. Loading up on dark green veggies, citrus fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds will help keep your hair strong and healthy.

Manage your stress levels

Manage your stress levels

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Stress is an inevitable part of life. Everyone experiences stress once in a while, but not always negative. In fact, it can motivate you to finish your task or project. Too much stress, however, is bad for your health. It can cause anxiety, depression, and weaken your immune system. It may also cause physical problems like sleeping problems, upset stomach, headache, and hair loss men.

Stress is one of the major causes of sudden, unexplained hair loss. It can lead to Telogen Effluvium – temporary hair loss resulting from the early entry of hair in the resting phase (telogen phase). It doesn’t cause excessive shedding. Rather, it causes the hair to stop growing.

If stress is what’s causing your thinning hair, then you need to take steps to manage your stress levels. Take time each day to some something you enjoy. Learning relaxation techniques like deep breathing, mediation, and guided imagery can also help you manage stress.

Once the stress is over, Telogen Effluvium will actually resolve on its own. Your hair will go back to its natural cycle and promote healthy hair growth.

Scalp massage

Scalp massage

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If you are suffering from hair loss men, you may want to consider performing scalp massages regularly. Some of you may be sceptical about effectiveness of scalp massage, but there is evidence that scalp massage can help improve hair growth. A 2016 study that was published in the Journal of Physical Therapy backs this up.

In the said study, researchers have found that just 4 minutes of scalp massage a day can promote hair growth.  It works by dilating the small arteries within the scalp and increasing blood flow to the scalp, the hair follicles, and the roots of the hair. This aids in delivering more nutrients to your hair; therefore, promoting hair growth.

Aside from improving blood circulation, scalp massages are also very relaxing. Regular massages will help combat stress, which is a contributing factor to hair loss. Also, some participants noted an improvement in hair thickness.

Vitamins for hair loss men

Vitamins for hair loss men

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Most people spend lots of money on hair care products. While these products can help keep your hair strong and healthy, they aren’t enough. For thick, healthy hair, you need to nourish your hair from the inside out.

The cells that make up each strand of our hair require essential vitamins and nutrients to remain strong, thick, and healthy. This includes vitamin C, vitamin D, B-complex, iron, zinc, and fish oil. Without adequate vitamins and nutrients, your hair may end up dry, dull, and weak. Diet plays an important role in the health of your hair. But sometimes, we don’t get all the necessary nutrients in the foods we eat. In this case, taking supplements may be of help in preventing hair loss men.

 

Hair fall itself is not a problem, but a symptom. When you get hair fall, thinning of hair in patches from head, or just overall thinning, which you cannot control, then you have to understand that there is always an underlying cause. This underlying problem, deep rooted in your body system makes hair fall, and also brings on other apparent and unapparent problems in body.

Hair thinning due to genetics

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The most common hair thinning problem in men, referred to as hereditary baldness, and in women, referred to as Alopecia, is a genetic problem. They are programmed by hereditary traits to get shrinkage in their hair follicles with time. This results in very less space inside follicles to hold a shaft of hair and hair falls off.

To prevent this problem, one can take medicines and supplements which alter chemicals and hormone levels in the body to prevent shrinkage of follicles, and generate new follicles. But such medications and treatment has to be continued for life, or else once stopped baldness will reoccur.

Lifestyle problems

Often lifestyle is a big factor in thinning of hair. As you have irregular sleep and wake up times, have bad food habits and dependency of street food, oily and unhygienic food, and take alcohol and smoke a lot, you can expect problems with not just hair but your entire system. Hair thinning and baldness often comes from these, and also from stress and anxiety arising out of stressed work life, relationships etc.

Serums, creams, vitalizers, are all external factors which can help for the time being, but not as a permanent solution. In some cases none of these works also, and you feel helpless with receding and/or thinning hair line. Platelet-rich plasma from your own body can be used to treat the skin and vitalize for new hair growth. This is the best possible natural solution, and suitable for all.

Liver and skin problems

Hair loss also occurs due to many other body problems like chronic skin conditions, liver diseases etc. In all such cases, the body problem must be treated first to restore a balance. In case of chronic problems which stay for life, the best possible solution is to talk to an expert professional and take medication and treatments as needed.

Medical Reasons

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There are sometimes very deep causes and medical conditions behind the hair loss. There can be some kind of infection or nutrition deficit, radiation related problem and many others, which may lead to hair fall. If you have the slightest feel that some such problem can be the reason as you are facing some debilitating disease or weakness or therapy, then you must talk to your doctor first. Without taking consent of the doctor in such a condition, it’s not safe to go for cosmetic hair treatments. Also many medicines have side effects that cause hair fall. Hence your complete case history needs to be discussed upfront with your doctors to detect the true reason of hair fall. And then you may decide the course of treatment.

Author Bio: Sujain Thomas is a hair fall specialist, and also specializes in multiple studies which relates to cosmetic treatments, skin and hair health etc. In her researches she often uses and buy antibodies to see the reactivity of them in several conditions with skin and hair. She is an excellent person to discuss hair fall problems.