Male pattern baldness affects around 50% of men over the age of 50 and is also known as androgenetic alopecia.
It’s a commonly experienced problem by men around the world, and the main question for many is: what’s the solution?
For many, our hair is how we express ourselves, and forms an integral part of our personalities. So losing it can be frustrating and demoralising, to say the least. But this is where this article comes in.
Before we dive immediately into offering a ‘miracle cure’ – though we do have clinically proven products – it’s important to understand what male pattern baldness is and the different methods to tackle it. In this article we will explore:
- What Is Male Pattern Baldness?
- What Cures Male Pattern Baldness?
- Different Methods To Reduce It
- What Products To Buy
What Is Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is where miniaturisation of the hair follicles occurs due to the hair being replaced by hair follicles that are thinner and finer than the ones before until eventually the follicles shrink and stop producing hair completely.
This is caused by a hormone called DHT, which is the main hormone responsible for the change in the hair follicle growth cycle. It is also believed to be a hereditary condition, inherited from one or both parents.
Common causes of male pattern baldness can include:
- An illness – such as anaemia or a thyroid problem
- Radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatments
- Dietary problems – like too little iron, or too much vitamin A
- Hairstyles – tight braids, cornrows and ponytails for long durations can cause hair loss
- Medications – such as blood thinners, high doses of vitamin A, steroids
However, most causes of male pattern baldness are down to genetic reasons. This is why it can appear to those who experience it as difficult to cure sometimes, as there is no medical or health reason for the hair loss.
What Cures Male Pattern Baldness?
If the hair loss is not caused by illness, stress, or any of the other common reasons, then, unfortunately, there is no ‘cure’ for male pattern baldness which is due to genetic makeup.
It’s important however to see a GP if you’ve been experiencing dramatic hair loss, as this could be indicative of another underlying problem, or this could be a side effect of medication or certain lifestyle circumstances.
However, there are ways to treat genetic hair loss! The Dense Hair Club offer solutions that can tackle your hair loss problem at the root, literally.
But first, let’s look at …
Different Methods To Reduce It
There are a few different ways you could go about reducing your hair loss, ranging from simple to much more complex:
Topical or oral treatments
There are only two FDA and EMA approved medicines for hair loss, which are Minoxidil and Finasteride, and both which are regularly administered in oral tablet form.
Minoxidil works by directly impacting the hair follicle growth cycle, lengthening the window that the hair has to grow and therefore thicken. Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which as we mentioned earlier the main cause of genetic male pattern baldness.
Unfortunately, tablet forms of these medicines can cause a number of side effects such as decreased libido, dizziness, headaches, and impotence seen as a result of orally ingested Finasteride.
Topical treatments of Minoxidil and Finasteride have been proven to be just as effective but without the side effects.
Perhaps a less intrusive treatment than tablet-form medicines, wigs can be used to disguise hair loss. However, many people feel that this is a temporary solution to male pattern baldness, as synthetic wigs (which are the easiest to get hold of) are susceptible to heat damage and may be uncomfortable to wear.
Human hair wigs or hairpieces are much more realistic and durable but are more expensive.
Generally, only synthetic wigs are available under the NHS. Synthetic wigs and hairpieces, such as a toupee, are easy to wash and maintain but do only tend to last 6 to 9 months. Real hair wigs or hairpieces can look more natural, can be styled with low heat and are cooler to wear.
Surgical procedures like hair transplants can be expensive, with procedures in the UK costing anywhere between £1,000 and £3,000.
However, cosmetic procedures like these have proven to be largely successful in many causes of male pattern baldness, with around 10 to 80 per cent of the transplanted hair will grow back in three to four months.
But hair transplants aren’t suitable for everyone, depending on the cause and extremity of the hair loss. And many times hair transplants aren’t suitable for every budget.
What Products To Buy
Sometimes it can be difficult to sift through the many products that claim to ‘cure’ hair loss.
Luckily for many of those suffering from male pattern baldness, The Dense Hair Club have a solution. Not a ‘miracle cure’ but a treatment that is clinically proven to slow down hair loss and restore natural thickness to the hair follicles.
Our Hair Maintenance Kits contain the only two FDA and EMA approved medicines proven to tackle hair loss, Minoxidil and Finasteride. The Densifying Spray in our kits is one of the only treatments that can provide effective and proven treatment for hair loss, and that contains 5% Minoxidil and 0.1% Finasteride (in our Hair Maintenance Kits for Men).
Because we understand that Finasteride is a hormone suppressant, we don’t include this in our Hair Maintenance Kits for Women – though we are one of the only organisations whose treatment entails 5% strength Minoxidil for women.
Plus, our products give you safe, proven results without the side effects of oral tablets or other hair loss treatments. Because of the topical nature of our Densifying Spray, and its localised application directly to the scalp, the systemic risks associated with ingestible Finasteride are eliminated.
Furthermore, rather than being expensive like some surgical procedures, or other treatments, our monthly subscriptions work out at only £1 a day!
So there it is; a workable, clinically proven solution to male pattern baldness.