Why do we go bald? Why am I going bald, when other men have full head of hair? Is there anything I can do about it? Do I lose hair because I didn’t take good care of it?
I asked the same questions to myself. I, then started a research, and found out everything about male pattern baldness (Andogenic alopecia). Hair loss is genetic and hormonal. That means testosterone hormone turns to DHT by 5-alfa-reductase enzyme. If your hair follicles genetically sensitive to DHT, they start producing thinner and thinner hair, and eventually they stop producing. After they stop producing new hair, they stay alive for 2-4 years.
Androgenic Alopecia treatment attacks 2 aspects of the problem.
1. Block DHT
2. Stimulate new hair growth
Blocking DHT by DHT blockers will stop the hair loss process. Hair follicles will keep producing hair, and they will get thicker and stronger by time. There are herbal and chemical DHT blockers available on market. Finasteride (Propecia) is the only FDA approved drug for hair loss. It is a prescription medicine, and has side effects. The most famous herbal DHT blocker is Saw Palmetto, ancan be found in numerous hair loss product. Saw Palmetto is safer and cheaper than Finasteride, but also less effective.
New hair growth is also important, because you want to get the hair you lost back. The only FDA approved hair growth treatment is Minoxidil (Rogaine). With continuous use, you will see hair growth in 3-6 months.
There are also new experimental products, but I won’t name any, because they are not proven to work yet and we don’t know any possible side effects.
There are also some natural ways to grow hair with various herbal treatments.
You should set your expectations right. If you stick to the treatment, you will start seeing results in 3-6 months. The earlier you start the treatment the better results you will get. If you lost your hair 10 years ago, and starting treatment now, chances are you won’t get satisfactory results. However if you recently started noticing hair loss and start the treatment now, you will have no hair loss problems. The best way to set expectations are, look at your pictures from 4 years ago. Having that much hair in a year should be your expectation.
Noticing a problem about yourself and trying to fix it is great, but you shouldn’t be upset about your look. You can fix hair loss easier than fixing self esteem issues.
Evaluate your hair loss problem and find the right treatment options. Scientifically proven results!