As if going bald wasn’t bad enough! Research suggests pattern hair loss is more than just a cosmetic issue. Numerous studies have identified links between androgenetic alopecia and a range of diseases. Perhaps most worryingly, bald men are statistically more likely to suffer from heart disease. The good news is that identifying the common cause could prevent heart problems – and even stop hair loss.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT): it’s been blamed as the cause of hair loss ever since Dr. James Hamilton’s pioneering research in the 1940s. Yet despite Hamilton himself casting doubt on this theory, mainstream medicine has left this hypothesis mostly unchallenged. And while there is good evidence to support the link between DHT and hair loss, there are a number of problems with this explanation. So is DHT really the cause of hair loss? Or is it time for a new theory? Continue reading DHT and Hair Loss: Is It Really The Main Cause?
From top hats and bowlers to beanies and snapbacks, headgear fashion may change but hats are always popular. And with the weather getting colder, you may find yourself wearing a hat more frequently to keep your head warm. But wait – could this be bad for your hair? Can hats cause hair loss? Continue reading Hats and Hair Loss: Is Your Headgear Making You Bald?
We all know that androgenetic alopecia is a genetically inherited condition – the clue’s in the name. But why do some men avoid male pattern hair loss despite having bald parents? And what if your father’s bald – are you destined to lose your hair too? In this post we’ll look at the genetics behind androgenetic alopecia as well as some common questions like: is baldness inherited from Mom or Dad?
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The Norwood scale is the standard measure of hair loss progression in men. Androgenetic alopecia (also called male pattern baldness) typically follows a distinct pattern and the Norwood scale captures the various stages of its progression. Level 1 on the Norwood scale describes someone with minimal to no hair loss. At the other end of the scale is Norwood 7, which describes someone who has lost all the hair from the top of their head, leaving just a thin ‘horseshoe’ of hair at the back and sides. Understanding where you are on the Norwood scale is important as it will help determine which hair loss treatments are most suitable. Continue reading The Norwood Scale: Measuring the Extent of Hair Loss
The average scalp contains roughly 100,000 to 150,000 hairs. And it’s normal to lose around 100 of these each day. If you’re seeing an increase in hair fall – more hair in your brush, in the shower, or a worrying amount coming out in your hands when touched – it’s important to identify what’s causing it. In many cases, the underlying reason will be genetic but environmental factors are also known to influence hair health. In this article we’ll take a look at the different types of hair loss, common causes, and effective treatments. Continue reading The Different Types of Hair Loss