Receding Hair Loss – When and Who?
Receding Hair loss for men can start occurring at any age with many men experiencing the beginning of a receding hairline in their early to mid-twenties. A receding hairline is best described as preliminary balding, whereby a thinning of hair is experienced commencing from the frontal side temples of the head. This can sometimes be as a result of illness, functional disorder, or most commonly from a hereditary disposition.
Most people these days are aware their parents are the cause for genetic baldness and fortunately all those the old snake-oil cure-alls are disappearing.
Most ‘cures’ that were peddled were for vasco-dilators (opening blood capillaries), while at the same time creating heat. The principal being that the ‘Tonic’ would heat the scalp, blood vessels would open to disperse this heat and in so doing, would feed hairs, but it wasn’t until transplanting hairs came along that it was realized your own body shut down the blood to the bald scalp where the hair roots no longer needed the strong sub-epidermal capillary supply.
We Now Know That Receding Hair Loss Can be Affected by:
- Having a genetic predisposition towards balding, or a receding hair loss. This is where, the hair growing structures on the top/front of the scalp can be adversely affected by the sex hormone testosterone, which can cause the hair follicles to shrink in size. This genetic disposition in men can be passed on from either parent; in females it is believed to be passed on from both parents. Men’s hair can start showing signs of thinning following puberty, depending on their genetic characteristics. A receding hair loss can indicate either a genetic pattern and/or an imbalance of sex hormones. The true cause can often come from multiple factors and can even be compounded because of other disorders.
- If the scalp and hair follicles aren’t receiving the nutrients required to the hair roots – an imbalance can happen. Causes can be a result of poor diet, malabsorption or maldistribution.
- Ongoing tension of the skin in the crown area, which can cause a decreased blood supply, thereby resulting in weak hair production. Although massage or a topical blood vessel dilating treatment containing drugs can certainly improve circulation by carrying more oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots – the counter to this is that the extra blood flow will also carry more hormones which consequently also lead to more balding.
- Stress (which includes mental, dietary and physical) in both men and women can promote enzyme activity within the cell and consequently stimulate testosterone production from the adrenal (stress) glands. Monitoring your stress levels and undertaking stress reduction practices can assist your body in dealing with, and reducing the effects of stress. The body’s reaction to anything unusual will cause stress – and this can be both an unpleasant or pleasant experience. Also pituitary, adrenal or ovarian gland disorders can lead to an increase in androgen levels. However, other signs and symptoms will often become evident particularly in females, for example facial and body hair increases, skin becomes oily, period will become irregular, and the hair will develop a change of texture. Tests would be able identify the cause, which can then be corrected.
- Disorders of the scalp can also cause receding hair loss either directly or indirectly.
As a result of any of the above factors, hormones are more readily able to enter the cells in the follicles and the hair roots where they will combine with enzymes, which is able to stimulate a chemical messenger that can then trigger the ageing factors of the DNA. This consequence of ageing of the hair follicle cells will result in hair follicles reducing in size, and as a result a decreased hair root cell activity.
These two actions also decrease the available blood supply at the hair roots. The sub-epidermal area can carry three quarters of the scalp blood (and is always the first area affected as the scalp tightens). When the hair follicles start to die, they will increasingly draw the blood from the dermal area. Consequently, the decreased need for sub-epidermal blood results in calcification of the capillaries, which obviously then results in less blood available, slower healing, less hair and receding hair loss.
Follicle length also determines the length of the growth phase for that particular hair – shorter follicles produce shorter hairs like those found on the arms and face of a child. In the adolescent male, the facial and main trunk hairs which are genetically designed to grow, are stimulated by the production of testosterone to produce deeper follicles resulting in stronger hair in those areas.
Unfortunately the same reaction will reduce the scalp follicles and hairs. Treatments using a strong drug stimulant can improve the length of those hairs by up to 100% – thereby doubling the length of the hair – whilst it is applied, but once treatment with the drug product is stopped, the next generation of hair will return to, at most, its genetically shortened length.
Other Contributing Factors to
Other contributory factors can include such as ilnesses characterized by high fever (for example typhoid, and scarlet fevers), chemotherapy, malnutrition, and glandular disorders can all cause premature receding hair loss. Seeking advice about the condition and obtaining a receding hair loss treatment for the disease or dysfunction will usually work in stopping the loss of hair, and if the scalp and follicles are not severely damaged, or worse, already dead, then it is possible to see regrowth spontaneously. Infection of the scalp, oiliness or dirtiness of the scalp and hair, as well as excessive teasing and lacquering of hair are also conducive to baldness.
Receding Hair Loss Conclusion
So if you are starting to notice a receding hair loss, don’t leave it, as it will become progressive. If keeping your youthful looks is important to you, and you don’t want to look old before your time, you do need to take action to stop the hairloss as soon as you notice it. There are many ways that you can cure and stop a receding hairline loss, from natural remedies through to the more traditional medically prescribed treatments. Discussing the available options with your GP is a good first step, as there are many available options for stopping and reversing the receding hair loss ranging from expensive synthetic drugs to hair transplants, laser hair regrowth treatments, and the various natural home based remedies.