Male hair loss seems to be a real worry between men of all ages, basically from as early as 17 years old all the way up to 40. According to a recent survey by the NHS, 30% of men will experience hair loss by the age of 29 and 50% by the age of 50. And the main culprits of hair loss are age, testosterone, and genetics. So, in general, the most common form of baldness is male pattern baldness, which is called androgenetic alopecia. That’s the hair loss when you start losing hair on your crown area, at the front, you start receding quite a bit as well. And that’s because testosterone (or something called DHT) closes the hair follicles, it shrinks it over time gradually until it is completely damaged and it’s unable to produce any more hair. So in time, your hair will thin, fall out, and then hair just won’t appear anymore in those areas.
Now while this is still not a hundred percent conclusive of what does cause male pattern baldness, it’s pretty much what 99.99% of doctors believe is the reason in the majority of men.
I’m going first to cover a few myths about baldness and hair loss. I’m going to tell you what not to waste your money on, products that promise to do certain things, latest trends in fixing male baldness.
Let’s talk about the myths behind hair loss and hair fall.
A prevalent one is people believe that hair product can make your hair fall out. This is not true. Most products with high alcohol content can dry out your hair, make a few fall out. But there’s no evidence that these commodities have anything to do with your hair follicles, they don’t damage your hair follicles. It may dry it out, but there is simply no scientific evidence that hair products lead to hair loss.
The other one is that stress can make you go bald. Well, again, stress can make your hair fall out. It’s got nothing to do with the actual hair follicle.
Now we’re going to talk about what to not waste your money on. So this is the one thing that gets to me, I see a lot of product reviews and a lot of articles, a lot of new brands and products that claim to help regenerate these follicles. The hair loss industry is worth 4 billion pounds. That is as of the end of 2015. This is due to manufacturers playing on those insecurities of men, who are losing their hair, going bald. The caffeinated shampoo is probably one of the most accessible and most advertised products for men, who are experiencing hair loss. So, while caffeine shampoos can make your existing hair thicker, a lot healthier, it can keep your hair follicles good and clean and healthy, it has nothing to do with a DHT chemical, the testosterone that is shrinking those hair follicles. So it has nothing to do with the effect of DHT, which is what you want in a product if you want to stop your hair loss if that makes sense. It’s going to do nothing to help regenerate any hair growth despite what they’re advertising.
The next up is laser combs and hats, laser caps. These are the latest trend in preventing male hair loss and regrowing hair, and they claim to regenerate those hair follicles. These are very expensive. Laser treatments are costly as well, and they have a meager success rate. Very low to the extent that sometimes they just don’t even work. There are some fascinating articles and reviews and statements from people as well men, who are going through this in their late 20s early 30s, who said they wasted up to 12,000 pounds on these treatments with zero success rate.