#1 Your roots
Genetics is the most common cause of hair loss concerning men, which often causes the familiar “U-shape” balding patch. This condition is mostly purely genetic and passed on by both sides of the family.
Did you know hormones are a major cause of natural balding? Enzymes in male bodies convert testosterone into “dihydrotestosterone”. This hormone causes the body to mature, so the greater the amount in your body, the faster the head and hair will start getting older too. There is not much to prevent this from happening, because the amount of dihydrotestosterone is down to genetics.
Funny Fact: Scientists believe that Asian men have less of this enzyme in their hair, and people believe that this is why they can often keep their hair longer than Caucasian men.
#3 The older the balder
The older you get, the higher the chance of losing your hair. Sorry gents! Hair loss can occur any time after puberty, twenty per cent in your twenties, thirty per cent in your thirties. Studies show that when men reach forty, any hair loss is quite stable and if occurring at all, it does so at a reduced and slower rate than younger men.
#4 Stressing out!
Stress can contribute to baldness, but this form of hair loss is rarely permanent. Sleeping helps your body to recover overnight, not enough sleep leads often to stress, which eventually leads to hair loss.
There are three different types of hair loss that are related to stress:
- Alopecia Areata describes a sudden loss of large clumps of hair in areas around your scalp.
- Telogen Effluvium is a condition where more hairs than normal prepare to fall out.
- Trichotillomania is a habitual condition caused by stress and anxiety where the person pulls out hairs without realising it.
Not only your body, but also your hair needs to be nourished to grow and stay healthy. Sudden weight loss, low iron levels, or a poor diet can all lead to temporarily hair shedding. A well-balanced diet with plenty of protein, iron, zinc, and biotin is essential. Eating vegetables, kidney beans and lentils provides your body with vitamins your hair will love.