Male hair loss and hair thinning can be caused by a wide variety of health and genetic factors.
These typically include, stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor health, hormonal imbalances and genes.
It is the job of a certified trichologist to get the ‘root of the problem’ using scientific analysis.
There can be many reasons for male hair loss and hair thinning as hair cells are very sensitive to any change within the body.
‘Hair thinning’ is generally a temporary effect of hair shedding and/or hair shafts changing diameter.
‘Hair loss’ is a genetic condition that decreases the diameter of the hair shaft. The predisposition to the gene blocks blood capillaries because of excessive male hormones. The effect of which is that the scalp appears to be losing hair.
It can be quite difficult to tell if you are shedding excessive hair or if the actual hair shafts are getting thinner. While both problems give volume reduction, hair diameter changes can occur over a long period of time, while excessive hair shedding can result in quicker reduction of volume.
Diffuse thinning of hair from all over the scalp is called ‘Telogen Effluvium’ and can be the result of stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor health, or hormonal imbalances.
Changes in the size of diameter located to the top of the head is described as ‘Male-pattern hair loss’ or Androgenetic Alopecia (ANA) and, is usually due to genetic sensitivity to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone.
More than 95% of all cases of ‘baldness’ in men are ANA. Recession of the hair occurs at the temples and/or thinning in the front / crown areas of the scalp.
About 50% of men suffer ANA to varying degrees.