Mens Hair Loss: The Causes & Facts
Noticed your hair is thinning or disappearing? Not quite sure what's happening or how to keep your head looking as bushy as the day you hit puberty?
Well Fabio... Step into our office, class is in session!
What's the deal with hair loss?
Stop for a second, rub your hand through your hair, notice anything? Look in the mirror, do you see a forehead or is it more of a five-head? I'm sorry to say my friend but you could be one of the 40 percent of fellas or 13 percent of women that begin losing their hair by age 40. You might even fall into the two-thirds of women post menopause that experience hair thinning. Hair loss will affect almost everyone at some point in their life, it's just a matter of at what age and to what degree.
Being a young stud such as yourself, it can be scary to think about male or female pattern baldness but it doesn't need to be. With enough education and the right hair regrowth treatment you can pull the breaks on premature hair loss and get back to being the hunk or m'lady we both know you are. We too were a couple young bucks not ready to say goodbye to our youth and to the curls we had grown so fond of. As a result, joebloe was born but it wasn't without first educating ourselves on what the hell was going on.
One thing we will address before getting into all things hair loss is that this is a guide for someone gradually losing their hair caused by types of alopecia. If you're not sure, read on and learn if this applies to you. If your hair loss is sudden, significant and unexplainable please contact a doctor as it could be something a little more serious in some cases.
The Stages of Hair Growth
The Stages of Hair Growth
First cab off the rank and the most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. Bit of a mouthful to say but one thing is for sure, you are not alone in struggling to pronounce it and you sure as hell aren't alone in wanting to learn how to treat it.
You're noticing a few less hairs on your noggin and now you're asking yourself "WHY ME? Why do bad things happen to good people?". The simple answer to that question is simple, your genes. The majority of hair loss in both men and women stem from the genes your parents passed on to you. We'll touch on the myth about which parent it comes from later but that bastard enzyme they passed on to you, better known as 5-alpha reductase turns testosterone into DHT.
For the average person, the hair growth cycle from start to finish is roughly 2-6 years for each strand. In people who suffer from androgenetic alopecia, these cycles are shortened to 6 to 8 months.That means it takes longer for hair to start growing back after it is shed. Just like the movie "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", your hairs become miniaturised, which means they gradually end up thinner, finer and shorter. This results in that not so stylish look of balding, but not quite ready to accept you're balding... You know that Donald Trump look or the pre-hair transplant Wayne Rooney?
So what role does tostesterone and DHT play? I'm glad you asked but first we need to talk about testosterone to set the scene a little. Now in blokes, testosterone is a completely normal sex hormone (androgen) needed for normal sexual function and reproduction. It's when that lil guy you inherited from your parents called 5-alpha reductase, converts it into DHT. DHT binds to receptors in your hair follicles and causes miniaturisation which can lead to a complete halt in hair growth for those DHT-affected follicles.
While this is the most common cause of pattern baldness in men and women it doesn't mean game over. While there is no androgenetic alopecia cure there is plenty of options for a fella (or lady) such as yourself that isn't ready to part ways with those luscious locks.
I'll be honest, if you asked me to say areata out loud I'd probably make a fool of myself... Are-e-ata? Yeah, good enough! Where does it come from? You guessed it, this bad boy is once again thought to be passed on to you from those gene-sharing-monsters you call mum and dad. If they've copped a case of the alopecia areata's in their life it doesn't mean that's your future but i'm sorry to say you are significantly more likely than someone with no family history.
The condition is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which your body freaks out and attacks its own hair follicles, usually brought on by some sort of trigger. Essentially your immune system (which fights bad guys) doesn't recognise your hair as one of the good guys and like a swarm of bees surrounds the hair follicles and prevents them from growing. What's a trigger? Well, things like a major life event such as trauma, severe illness, pregnancy or emotional stress are examples of them. Combine that with hereditary factors and you're looking down the barrel of a case of your own.
The symptoms to watch out for is non-scarring hair loss in single or multiple areas of the scalp, face or body. Like a bit of a patch-work quilt, your head can end up with a few spots of hair missing. If this is the current state of your dome, again don't stress, it's quite a common condition and about one person in 50 will experience an episode of alopecia areata.
Luckily for you and every other person that suffers from this condition, the damage to hair growth is not permanent. Majority of people will see the return of their hair in the same amount of time between John Farnham farewell tours at the local RSL (that's a couple of short months for those who haven't blessed their ears with some live Farnham).
OTHER CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
Telogen effluvium is a form of hair loss where an illness or major life event such as pregnancy, major illness or major surgery triggers the hairs on the scalp to change from the anagen phase (growth phase) to the telogen phase (shedding phase) which results in excessive hair loss.
Traction alopecia is a hair loss and damage caused by tightly pulled hairstyles such as cornrows, dreadlocks, braids and tight buns. If treated early it is completely reversible and the hair will regrow. Over time, however, hair follicles can become irreversibly damaged and by then it's too late my friend.
Anagen effluvium is widespread hair loss cause from chemotherapy or other radiation therapy procedures. In most cases, once the treatment is finished the hair returns.
Trichotillomania is a condition of compulsive and aggressive hair picking or pulling that can lead to patches of near complete hair loss. This is either a bad habit you need to shake ASAP or it could be something a little more so we recommend chatting to a doctor if you can't stop.
Got It From My Mumma
Only Old People Are Bald
Hats Are To Blame!
Stressing = Hair Loss
Who Is joebloe For?
If you are a dude that fits into the male pattern baldness category, then your hair is going to see its final days eventually. The question is, are you ready to let go just yet? Or are you keen to take the plunge and keep thick luscious hair a part of your life before it's too late?!
You've all seen the ads for men's hair loss treatments, with lab coats, futuristics holograms and washed-up cricketers. When we first started, the thought of being a lab-rat for a scientist just wasn't our vibe, so we decided to do our own thing :).
joebloe is for the everyday man! For blokes who don't like being talked down to, who just want to keep doing their thing in the sun. People who work hard, play hard and want to look their best at all times!
If you're anywhere between 18 and 80 and want to give your hair a kickstart without having to change the way you live, we're here! If you've noticed some thinning on a loved one, pass our name on. We strive to help our fellow balding men in any way we can.
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Other Hair Loss Solutions
Everyone deserves to be proud of their hair, god knows we spend enough time, energy and dollar bills on it. Luckily, the amount of men's hair loss treatments out there are wild. Money is not the only divisive factor but more importantly how comfortable you are with prescription medication or surgery definitely creeps in. Have a look at our options for natural remedies for men's hair loss here!
At the top end of the scale is hair transplant surgery. There has been a massive amount of research in this field thanks to new age methods and improvements in surgical techniques [here's a pretty gross vid, up close and personal during the procedure]. At the other end is solutions as simple as a DHT blocker shampoo (keep an eye out for joebloe's very own soon). The rate and effectiveness of these treatments for men's hair loss vary depending on each individual. You know that age old saying that no one is alike, well, it's the truest thing mum ever said! Everybody's genetic make up is different, meaning everyones hair follicles react differently, and no one solution is the best across the board. Finding a fast hair regrowth treatment isn't an easy road.
The one thing that is as guaranteed as death and taxes, when it comes to men's hair loss in particular, is that you will eventually lose your hair. But by sticking to a preventative hair loss treatment, you will be able to maintain what you already have and hopefully grow a little more. But if you're one of us, men's hair loss is inevitable, it's just one of those things, but are you ready to let go just yet?