How to Help Prevent Male Pattern Hair Loss

hair lossIf you’re experiencing male pattern hair loss at an early age, you may feel like you can’t relate to anyone. It’s isolating to feel like you’re suffering from an issue that, visibly, many other people may appear not to be. Even if you feel alone, male pattern hair loss is actually pretty common. And better than that, there are some things you can do. 

Figure Out What’s Causing Your Hair Loss
While it’s pretty easy to determine if you’re losing your hair, it can be a lot harder to figure out why it’s happening. Many people think it’s due to genetics, but most doctors tell you not to assume that’s the case. The minute you start to notice thinning hair, head to your dermatologist or hair doctor to have a microscopic evolution of your scalp and determine the type and patterns of your hair loss. Other labs may be necessary if you are not following a normal patterned hair loss. At times the doctor need to obtain a scalp biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. These steps will help you identify exactly what is going on and can put your mind at ease.

Try Shampoos that Treat Hair Loss
There are dozens of shampoos available that claim they’ll make your hair look fuller. Many of them don’t have anything to help your baldness. But there’s one or two main ingredient that has been proven to keep your hair in its prime condition: 

  • Minoxidil– Minoxidil is a vasodilator that increases blood supply of your scalp in addition to several other mechanisms that are known to make it an effective hair loss medication.
  • Ketoconazole – Ketoconazole is an antifungal used to treat dandruff and may save your hair by reducing DHT production. Nizoral A-D is the only non-prescription shampoo that contains the ingredient, but ask your hair loss doctor for more suggestions.

Eat Well
Eating better may actually prevent you from losing your hair. As hard as it may be to put down the chicken fingers and french fries, if your hair means that much to you, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep it. The sugar in desserts could also be a contributing factor. If you’re unsure how to isolate the food groups contributing to your issue, speak with a medical professional.

By age 35, about two-thirds of men will experience some level of visible hair loss and by age 50, about 85% of men will have significantly thinning hair. So, start paying attention to your hair as you reach that age. If none of the at-home treatments work, or if you’re hair is too far gone, you may consider hair transplant procedures. Speak with a hair loss surgeon or hair restoration doctor to learn more about your options.