For the average man who even if the tiniest bit image conscious – there literally are no three words in the entire English Language dictionary that is most likely to promote an impromptu gulp of foreboding than, “male pattern baldness”.
So, let’s dive in head first and get the ball rolling shall we?
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
One of the main causes of male pattern baldness is obviously genetics, or having a family history of baldness. Research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. The androgens have many functions, including regulating hair growth.
Each hair on your head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place.
Other possible causes include:
- Excess vitamin A, possibly as a result of retinoid drugs
- Severe chronic illness, such as diabetes or lupus
- Use of anticoagulants, or blood thinners
- Telogen effluvium, a disturbance of the hair growth cycle
A number of genetic changes have been linked to male pattern baldness, but only one has been confirmed by research, the androgen receptor (AR) gene.
How Do I know If I Have Male Pattern Baldness?
Unfortunately, identifying hair loss isn’t always easy. Some of the most common “certain signs” of hair loss you can find online aren’t reliable, making it easy to mistake normal hair loss (from non-damaged hair follicles, which will grow back) for male pattern baldness.
Luckily, there are some real signs of male pattern baldness that you can use to identify and deal with hair loss.
- Quite a noticeable change in your hairline – The most obvious sign of balding is a noticeable change in your hairline that you can clearly see.
- Baldness often begins in the hairline, with the flat or mildly receded hairline you previously had turned into a more obvious M-shaped hairline. For most people, this begins around the temples and the crown and often starts with thinning rather than total hair loss.
- Noticeable Thinning of Hair – Not all people go bald from their hairline. Some men experience what’s called diffuse thinning — a type of hair loss that either affects the entire scalp or specific areas like the crown — resulting in baldness that starts from the back or top, rather than from the hairline.
- Absurd Amount of Hair loss after brushing and showering – if you start to notice an excessive amount of hair falling out throughout the day, there’s a risk that it could be the result of male pattern baldness. It is important to know that temporary hair loss can happen and that shedding a lot of hair for a day or two isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm.
If you notice a large amount of hair loss every day for a long period of time, you should seek out help.
How Long Does It Take To Go Bald?
Each one of us is different. Baldness varies from person to person but it is safe to say that it takes 15 to 25 years if you experience receding hairline at 20. You can expect slick bald at the age of 35 to 45. However, some people went completely bald in less than five years so balding experience is really unpredictable.
Does Hair Transplant Really Work?
Hair transplants are typically more successful than over-the-counter hair restoration products. However mentioned below are the factors to consider:
- Anywhere from 10 to 80 percent of the transplanted hair will fully grow back in an estimated three to four months.
- Like regular hair, the transplanted hair will thin over time.
- People with dormant hair follicles (sacs that usually contain hair beneath the skin but no longer grow hair) may have less effective transplants.
Hair transplants don’t work for everyone. They’re mainly used to restore hair if you’re balding or thinning naturally or have lost hair due to an injury.
It is also beneficial to know that hair transplants are not as effective for treating people with the following:
- People who have widespread thinning and baldness
- Hair loss has been due to medical factors like chemotherapy
- Noticeable deep scalp scars from injuries
How Much Does Hair Transplant Cost In India?
The hair transplant rates in India varies from Rs. 15 to Rs. 120 per graft with some clinics offering hair transplant packages ranging from Rs. 30,000 and above according to the level of customization.
Please find below the table indicating the average hair transplant cost across various cities in India.
|Cities||Average Hair Transplant Cost (INR)|
|Mumbai||45,000 to 1,20,000 (35 to 40 rupees per graft)|
|Bangalore||35,000 to 1,35,000 (30 to 35 rupees per graft)|
|Chennai||28,000 to 50,000 (30 to 35 rupees per graft)|
|Delhi||80,000 to 1,20,000 (30 to 45 rupees per graft)|
|Nagpur||65,000 to 90,000 (20 to 35 rupees per graft)|
|Hyderabad||55,000 to 1,20,000 (25 to 45 rupees per graft)|
|Pune||35,000 to 1,00,000 (20 to 45 rupees per graft)|
|Kolkata||70,00,000 to 1,00,000 (40 to 45 rupees per graft)|
Best Natural Ways to Delay Male Baldness
It is a natural phenomenon; so there’s is no need to worry over a few follicles falling off. There could be many causes of hair loss which include diet, mineral deficiency, medications, stress, pollution and genetics. Putting on a cap, hat or helmet could also be another reason in men. Here’s our list of the top 6 solutions to help reduce or deal with hair loss.
- Washing/Rinsing Your Hair with shampoo regularly – Regular hair washing is a part of preventing hair loss by the way of keeping hair and scalp clean. By doing so, you are lowering the risk of infections and dandruff that may lead to hair breakage or loss.
- A Protein Enriched Diet – Eating lean meats, fish, soy, or other proteins promotes hair health and in turn, helps curb hair loss.
- A thorough Scalp massage with essential oils – Those who have been experiencing hair loss for quite some time must massage the scalp with essential oil for a couple of minutes. It helps your hair follicles remain active. You can add lavender in an almond or sesame oil.
- Avoid Smoking and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages – I think it goes without saying that alcohol can be a major factor for hair loss. Also, smoking cigarettes regularly reduces the amount of blood that flows to the scalp which prohibits hair growth.
- Try Keeping Your head sweat free – Men with oily hair, experience dandruff during summer due to sweating, and the chances of hair fall increase. Using shampoos that contain aloe vera and neem can keep the head cool and prevent dandruff.
- Stay hydrated – The hair shaft comprises one-quarter of water so drink at least four to eight cups of water in a day to stay hydrated and for the growth of healthy hair.
Hopefully this has helped you get some valuable information regarding eventual hair loss. Remember it’s never too late to start! If you are starting to notice the first signs of male pattern baldness or are already experiencing it’s effects, please follow the above natural remedies and try and preserve your remaining hair for as long as you can. That’s the main goal, Please share this blog and comment below on what you want us to write about next.