On any given day, your head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs, losing up to 100 hair strands a day. Hair loss occurs when the displacement of the hair exceeds your growth pattern, causing hair thinning and eventual baldness on the temple and crown area.
Each follicle has its life cycle that is influenced by factors like age, disease, and lifestyle. The life cycle of your hair follicles fall under three phases: the anagen phase where the hair follicle actively produces keratin and additional hairs for up to six years, the catagen phase where there is a transitional growth the last up to three weeks, and the telogen phase which is typically noted as being the resting phase of the hair follicle that can last up to three months. At the end of the telogen phase, the hair is shed, and a new hair replaces it. The growth cycle then repeats itself.
Most men suffer from androgenic alopecia, which is typically called male pattern baldness. In male pattern baldness, a byproduct of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone causes miniaturization of the hair follicle with a shortened anagen phase – the phase where the hair actively grows. With a shorter growth and continued miniaturization of hair follicles, eventual hair loss occurs.
Confidence And Hair Loss
The psychological trauma that male pattern baldness inflicts can be much more profound and long-lasting. While some are able to accept balding, some men may have a difficult time coping.
Concerning dating and relationships, hair loss can have a cumulative effect: you feel less confident in yourself, that lack of self-confidence causes your interpersonal relationships to suffer, and the cycle repeats itself. This is true for younger individuals who are experiencing early onset hair loss. Feelings of impending doom, a lack of youth and desirability, can cause self-esteem to take a hit.
Because hair is such a prominent and distinct feature, it can affect the way we perceive ourselves and how we perform in the workplace. For example, hair loss can change how we interact with coworkers or skew how you view yourself if you work in multimedia or in the public eye. In addition to worrying about how balding can affect professional relationships, employers in certain industries may sway away from hiring balding men. It’s normal for men to feel an omnipresent sense of gloom regardless of your occupation, job, or relationship status.
However, all hope is not lost, with technology and medical innovation moving quickly to help men keep more of their hair on their head. His-Hair RX Hair covers all of your bases to help battle male pattern baldness:
- Finasteride decreases the amount of dihydrotestosterone released during the hair growth cycle, slowing down and reversing hair loss.
- When topically applied, minoxidil acts like a vasodilator, widening the blood cells in the hair follicle to reverse the effects of miniaturization.