Hair loss, or balding, affects plenty of men, but it doesn't make those who are balding feel any better about their plight. Balding is often seen as an unfortunate or embarrassing circumstance, and commonly associated with aging, a decrease in sexual virility, and unattractiveness. Many men choose to shave their heads completely, rather than live with pattern balding or a receding hair line. Baldness is very common. Patrick Stewart, Bruce Willis, Sean Connery and many other celebrities have done just fine without hair. It's important to note that balding is not a man's fault, and is biologically determined. Classic male pattern baldness involves receding hair from the sides of the forehead. This is a typical pattern. Another common trend is a bald patch, which appears in the middle of the head. DHT, a sex hormone, begins a process called follicular miniaturization. This process causes the width of the hair shaft to decrease until no hair can grow from it. Sometimes, this will begin as early as puberty, but is not usually seen until at least 25. Hair loss can be accelerated by lifestyle choices, and is especially responsive to high levels of stress. The question on a lot of men's minds is can hair loss be prevented? Science has invented a number of ways to prevent balding, but not all of them are pleasant and not all of them really work. Here are a few:
Finasteride Finasteride is a commonly used in prescription hair loss medication. While hair maintenance and regrowth is commonly reported, finasteride is also reported to have sexual side effects, including loss of libido and inability to perform.
Minoxidil First used to treat hypertension, it was also noticed that Minoxidil could also cause hair growth. Benefits were found in both oral consumption as well as topical application. Negative side effects of Minoxidil included skin irritation and sometimes an irregular heartbeat.
Laser Therapy In this method, a low-powered laser is applied to the scalp to stimulate the growth of new hair. The stimulation is called "Photo-Biostimulation." There is very little evidence to support the claims that this or associated products actually work.
Surgery An often painful procedure, and often considered extreme, a surgery to reserve baldness involves a hair transplant. Hair follicles from the back and sides of the head are injected into thinning or bald areas.
Exercise Regular exercise can actually help ensure low androgen levels and decrease stress. Stress is a huge factor in hair loss. Avoiding or adequately managing stress can help slow balding.
Supplements Taking supplements with natural ingredients that reverse baldness can also help, with the additional benefit of having no negative side effects.