What Causes Men’s Hair Loss?

A little bit of hair loss is natural. In fact, most men will lose somewhere between 50 and 100 hairs every day, but the effect is usually not noticed, because new hair grows in its place. Problems occur when that rate of hair loss increases, or when the process of growing new hair is stalled.

For the majority of men faced with hair loss, the cause is genetic. In fact, hereditary hair loss—or male pattern baldness, if you will—is the cause of more than 90 percent of all men’s hair loss cases. You can usually identify hereditary hair loss by its pattern: men with this condition will lose hair at their crown, and also have a receding hair line, resulting in a U-shaped pattern of hair left around the head.

Though male pattern baldness is by far and away the most common form of male hair loss, it is hardly the only one. There can also be medical factors. It is well known that chemotherapy and radiation treatments can cause hair loss. Additionally, many medications can contribute to hair loss. These include common drugs taken for heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and more.

Stress and anxiety disorders can sometimes lead to hair loss, as well. The most common example of this is trichotillomania, a stress disorder that causes one to twist, pull, or even chew their own hair, leading to potential scarring and follicle damage.

Alopecia can also be a factor in hair loss. There are several different kinds of alopecia, but the most familiar is alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease in which the body actually attacks its own hair follicles, leading to patchy hair loss all over the body. Alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis are alternate forms of this condition, and these too can lead to hair loss.

It is also possible for hair loss to stem from issues with the scalp—including scalp rashes, allergies, and other diseases of the skin. Improved hygiene can often mitigate these conditions, but sometimes more specialized, topical solutions are needed.

Find the Solution for Your Hair Loss

The important thing for all men to know is that hair loss doesn’t have to be something you settle for. There are always options for addressing it, and for achieving the look you want. At New Look Institute in San Jose, we provide access to only the most effective hair loss solutions.

Learn more about hair replacement by speaking with one of our friendly consultants; come down to New Look Institute today for a private, one-on-one consultation!