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Men and Hair Loss
I wear my hair pretty short now, shorter than the photo on my website. When at the gym this girl used to come up to me from time to time and say, “I love your hair, do not cut it, so many men your age are bald or going bald”. I used to laugh and just think to myself, “girl, you don’t even know the lengths I have gone through to keep my hair”. I have gone through a lot over the past twenty plus years, but you know what, I am in my mid-forties and still have a full head of hair.
No matter how much hair you have lost I want to help you because there are options for everyone, no matter how advanced your hair loss is. Let my experience and trial of products work for you. I have tried hundreds of products and the ones I sell I consider to be the best of the best. I have also researched and created a Breakthrough Product called 4hairlossMen, which I consider to be the best of all the best, better than any other topical solution I sell. This website is my knowledge of the subject and it is here to help you.
There are many different conditions that can cause hair loss, such as vitamin B deficiency or thyroid issues. If your hair loss were a symptom of a medical condition you would most likely have other symptoms like fatigue. But just to be sure it is recommended that you go to your doctor for a check-up and some blood work to rule out other illnesses.
In the U.S. alone, by the age of 35, hair loss effects over 66% of men to some degree. With that said, if you are losing your hair, the most likely diagnosis is Male Pattern Hair Loss or Androgenetic Alopecia. Male Pattern Hair Loss accounts for about 95% of hair loss in men. This condition is the gradual miniaturization of your hair follicles and the shortening of the hair growth phase. This condition continues to progress until the hair follicle becomes dormant. It can start anytime but is usually seen in people in their late twenties to early thirties.
Hair grows in phases. Each phase varies in elapsed time. Hair has a growth phase called anagen, which is when the hair is constantly growing. Then you have the transitional phase called catagen, which is when the hair stops growing and transitions to the last phase. The last phase is the resting phase called telogen, which is when the hair stops growing and falls out. Under normal conditions, after the hair is pushed out the cycle starts over, but when someone is suffering from Male Pattern Hair Loss the grow phase becomes less and less and the resting phase becomes longer until there is no growth phase, rather the hair follicle becomes dormant.
Male Pattern Hair Loss tends to follow a similar pattern of recession in the front along with balding in the back of the head. Because of the similarity of the pattern in which the hair is lost a scale was developed to classify the pattern. This scale is called the Norwood Hamilton Classification System. Take a look at the diagram and see where you are. Please note that not everyone goes completely bald, but everyone falls somewhere within the classification system. And the sooner you catch your hair loss the sooner you can stop it from getting worse.
So what exactly causes Male Pattern Hair Loss? It is widely believed that Male Pattern Hair Loss is caused by substances that naturally occur in your body that circulate throughout your body. The name of the substance that causes the hair follicle to shrink and lie dormant is called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This substance is made by testosterone being converted, via an enzyme called 5a-reductase, into DHT.
There are two types of the 5a-reductase enzyme, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 2 is responsible for two-thirds of the circulating DHT in the body and Type 1 is responsible for one-third. Type 1 is found in the sebaceous glands of the skin including the scalp. Type 2 is the enzyme that is found in the hair follicles. In men with Male Pattern Hair Loss, the scalp contains miniaturized hair follicles and increased amounts of DHT as compared to a male with lots of hair. In addition, it has been shown that people with a 5a-reductase deficiency don’t have Male Pattern Hair Loss.
So one would believe that if you could stop the DHT you could stop the hair loss. Two drug companies realized that when working on a medicine for an enlarged prostate because people were regrowing hair while on the prostate medicine. Another company realized they had something when people were regrowing hair while on a blood pressure medicine and another company realized different natural substances could stop hair loss. And still, yet another company realized a medical laser device could actually stop hair loss. These groundbreaking findings led to clinical trials of multiple treatments for use for Male Pattern Hair Loss.
There are hundreds of treatments for hair loss. This website has researched numerous treatments and the ones listed here I consider to be the best of the best. You can ready about my experience with each product at the bottom of each product page. All of the listed treatments have undergone clinical trials to help prove that they do what the maker says they should do. There are three products that are backed by FDA clinical trials, they are Propecia (Finasteride), Minoxidil, and HairMax Laser Comb. However, all of the products I test and recommend are well-researched products.
All of the treatments discussed on this website don’t work for everyone. But by medicine standards, these treatments are highly successful, well over a 70% success rate for all of them. But since they don’t work for everyone, it means there are still some other causes of hair loss. That is another reason why it is important to go to your doctor for a checkup to make sure you don’t have something else going on that could be causing the hair loss.
As you learned in my hair loss story, you are able to be on multiple treatments at the same time. When not testing products, I usually use Propecia, 4hairlossMen, and the Darsonval Violet Ray. What you try is your decision. The only two treatments you shouldn’t do at the same time are Propecia and Avodart because both drugs essentially do the same thing.
If you have a treatment that is not listed here it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It just means we didn’t list it because it didn’t meet our listing criteria or we didn’t realize it existed. If you have successfully used a treatment that is not listed here please email us and we will research the treatment.
The treatments listed below that have a star next to them are available for sale on 4hairloss.org.
Mild to Moderate Hair Loss
Any male is able to get on Propecia and Minoxidil or any other treatment for that matter. But the question remains, does the amount of hair loss determine if a treatment will work? Drug companies give us clues from their actual clinical studies to that question. But the answer is yes; your stage of hair loss determines the best treatment for you.
Most drug studies used participants that had mild to moderate hair loss. Looking at the Norwood Hamilton classification system, most define mild to moderate hair loss as people that are in stages IIa to IV or maybe V. Hair loss beyond those stages doesn’t mean these drug treatments can’t work, but there has been no studies to confirm or deny that. But based on what we have seen many experts would agree that these drug treatments are only so effective.
The goals of treatments for mild to moderate hair loss are to stop any further hair loss to save what hair you have and to regrow hair in lost areas. These treatments are highly successful and worth your time.
Off label prescriptions
Over the counter treatments
All natural treatments
Moderate to Severe Hair Loss
The goal of treatments for moderate to severe hair loss are to give those that already lost their hair a second chance at having a full head of hair once again. These treatments are also for those that had no luck with the prescription and non-prescription products. You don’t have to be completely bald to use these treatments. For example, you may have a thin head of hair and the prescription and non-prescription treatments didn’t help. If that is your situation you may be a great candidate for hair transplants to fill in those thin areas.
Treatments are researching
These are topical, medical devices, and other treatments that 4hairloss.org believes are excellent treatments. These are treatments we are currently using ourselves and researching with our customers.