When a man begins to lose his hair, two things happen simultaneously. He loses his confidence and he loses his charm. Agree or not, hair is an important factor in determining the looks of a person, whether it is a man or a woman. Losing hair and going bald has a direct impact on a man’s self-esteem. Lesser the hair, lower the self-esteem. And this isn’t 21st-century superficiality. “Thick hair has always been associated with youth and masculinity,” says Albert Mannes, Ph.D., a University of Pennsylvania researcher who’s studied perceptions of balding. “Hair loss signals aging.”
But baldness can be deceiving: Two-thirds of men face hair loss by age 35, and a bad genetic hand is often to blame. Male-pattern baldness is an inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, a by-product of testosterone), which leads to finer hair, a receding hairline, and finally a deserted scalp.
That’s why scientists—who may be thinning up top themselves—have put balding in their crosshairs.
Finding the cause: Why are young men going bald
Determining the cause.
Doctors often diagnose balding by sight alone: If your hair is only on the sides and middle top of your head, the bare areas form the letter M (as in male-pattern baldness). But thinning that spreads across your scalp and not to your crown or temples often indicates an underlying health issue. Hormonal or nutritional deficiencies, such as thyroid problems, low iron, or low protein, can cause shedding. You must not always assume that it’s just genetic. One hitch: A discernible pattern may take years to emerge, so pinpointing the cause simply by the look of your locks may be difficult. That’s why it is suggested that you see a dermatologist as soon as thinning begins so you can have a scalp biopsy to rule out worrisome triggers. Find a good dermatologist who specializes in hair loss or hair disorders and get to the root cause! After all, prevention is better than cure.
Smoking is your enemy.
The health issued connected with smoking are very well known. Other than the evidence to suggest that it increases your chances of heart disease and cancer, there are also theories to suggest that the nicotine in smoking can increase aging and cause premature balding. By putting harmful chemicals into your body, your hair follicles can be starved of essential nutrients, causing the hair to fall out. The carcinogens in tobacco are thought to slow down hair growth and thereby increase the chances of temporary hair loss. In addition to this, smoking can accelerate the aging process which can increase the chances of wrinkles, sagging skin and possibly early hair loss.
Stress and hair loss.
Stress is thought to be one of the leading catalysts for hair loss at a young age in men and women. Unfortunately for many men, the years spent as a young man can be extremely stressful. With the pressures of education and work becoming increasingly volatile in today’s society, it’s not hard to see why young hair loss could occur. Although stress isn’t always a root cause of hair loss, it can increase the chances of a rapid hair loss in males by speeding up the process. Therefore, maintaining a healthy diet and mental frame of mind is therefore extremely important for combatting the signs of aging such as hair thinning in men.
Don’t go for quick fixes from the internet.
Late-night TV ads offer legit fixes for many problems—stains, clogged gutters, subpar pancakes—but balding isn’t one of them. Be cautious of infomercials or Internet ads advertising hair-growing shampoos or pills. Most haven’t been clinically studied and are usually a waste of your money. And some of them might end up giving you side effects which are even worse than your current problem.
Eating smarter is your way to growing healthy hair.
Cleaning up your diet may save you from the Mr. Clean look. Start by skipping fried foods; this may reduce oil-gland activity, slowing the switch from T to DHT, according to research from India. And watch the desserts: The insulin flood from consuming a lot of sugar can trigger the release of testosterone, making it available for conversion to DHT. Eat foods like eggs, berries, spinach, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, seeds, and soybeans. The bottom line is that What you eat can have a huge effect on the health of your hair. A lack of the right nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, B vitamins, iron, biotin, protein and essential fatty acids may slow down hair growth or even cause hair loss. Fortunately, correcting a deficiency in any of these nutrients may help treat hair loss and promote the rate of hair growth. If you think you’re lacking any of these nutrients, try adding some of the above foods to your diet.