A significant proportion of men associate hair loss with low self-esteem. Hair loss is not only associated with physical appearances. It’s also closely linked to toxic masculinity, where vulnerability is (unduly?) perceived as weakness.
These vulnerabilities can be very detrimental to your mental and emotional health. This is why many people avoid talking about hair loss. We will discuss below some tips to help men prevent hair loss.
What causes hair loss in men?
The American Hair Loss Association states that androgenetic or male pattern hair loss (also known by MPB or male hair loss) accounts for more than 95 percent of cases of hair fall in men. In fact, 85 percent of men experience thinning hair before the age 50.
Some medications, as well as health conditions like autoimmune and hormonal problems, can also be factors. A cause of hair loss is mechanical follicle damage. This can be caused by anxiety-related conditions like trichotillomania (an urge to pull one’s hair out).
What are the Treatment Options?
Although hair transplants are an established treatment, they can be costly and painful. There are many options available, including supplements like biotin and tech options such laser combs.
Minoxidil and finasteride are the most popular medications for hair loss. The first increases nutrients and blood circulation to the hair follicles. The second inhibits hormone dihydrotestosterone, which can cause shrinkage and eventual fallout.
Both treatments are effective, but they can also have side effects. Minoxidil, which must be applied regularly to work, can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions. Finasteride can cause sexual dysfunction in small numbers of cases.
Evidence suggests that gel hair products may cause baldness. This is because the chemicals they contain can get stuck in hair follicles and inhibit growth. Ketoconazole is another product that works in the same way as finasteride but without the same risk to your sexual health.
Combining hair washing and scalp massage can encourage hair growth. A 2016 study found that a 4-minute daily massage with a device over 24 weeks led to an increase in hair thickness. The 2019 survey was based on responses from 340 participants who massaged the scalp twice daily.
It is possible to alleviate the psychological and emotional distress experienced by men who lose their hair by removing the stigma.
Although there are many hair loss treatments that you can look into, recent research suggests that counseling may be a good option for men who are dealing with hair loss. It could also help to create a dialog between them and their peers who have had similar experiences.