Thinning and Receding: Hair Loss in Men

Hair LossWhile all men lose hair with age, the loss for others is much more obvious. When hair loss is severe or happens at a much younger age, the result can be very distressing. With thinning hair or receding hairline, some men may feel less good about their appearance, which will then affect their mood and well-being.

Variation of Hair Loss

Hair loss in some men may start at the anterior hairline and continue backwards. This happens to some degree in all boys as they transition from adolescence to manhood. The loss is mild, with some developing noticeable hairline recession, which may precede hair loss by many years.

Hair loss on the crown may start around the back of the head and continue outwards, producing a circular type of baldness. Thinning of the hair may also occur at the top of the head, which is first noticed as the widening of the central parting line.  

Potential Causes

Hair loss can be hereditary or caused by a combination of genetics, the aging process, and hormone levels. Men may experience this as early their late teenage years or early 20s. Hairy Bastard recommends starting treatment at this stage to prevent it from aggravating. Hair thickening fibres, biotin and horsetail supplements may help.

A condition called Alopecia Areata also causes round patch of hair loss that can lead to baldness. Stress is another culprit, with hair thinning starting about three months after the physical or emotional stressor. It is advisable to manage stress, as it can cause shedding and accelerate hereditary hair loss. Exposure to external factors such as UV light and tobacco may also play a role.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, it is best to avoid chemicals and overstyling. Using too much shampoo and styling products, as well as over-processing hair can cause temporary hair loss. Dandruff may also clog hair follicles, which makes it difficult for hair to grow. Using a sulphate-free shampoo can help if you have dandruff.