How to Stop Hair Loss (Male Pattern Hair Loss)

How to Stop Hair Loss for Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is an extremely common health issue faced by many. Unlike female hair loss over 95% of men’s hair loss is due to androgenetic alopecia. Symptoms include a receding frontal hairline, increased hair shedding and a slow onset of hair loss.

Young man hair loss example

Some would say that hair loss is such a trivial matter to be concerned over, compared to the wealth of other diseases present that you could potentially contract. Well, I sincerely beg to differ. Significant hair loss affects over 85% of men over the age of 50. 85%! That means that over 572,050 men in Singapore could potentially be feeling insecure about their appearance or even resigned themselves to a fate of not having beautiful hair. Being social creatures who resort to flaunting our physical attributes to attract our partners, wouldn’t these men have a noticeable disadvantage in attracting women?

Men hair loss progression

Additionally, androgenetic alopecia has been known to lead to increased risks of suicide and psychological distress. This shows without a doubt that men treasure their hair, and without it are definitely at risk of suffering from low self-esteem. This is why we must treat this condition with the appropriate seriousness: Hair loss is a genuine problem.

Hair Loss Cure for MPHL?

Well, fret not. It is 2017, and in our modern day and age, no one should have to suffer the humiliation of not having luscious hair. Here are some proven hair loss remedies that are available for you:

Rogaine(Minoxidil)

Rogaine works by widening your hair follicles, causing your hair follicles to appear thicker. It also works by prolonging the growth phase of your hair, known as anagen, causing you to have more strands of hair that grow longer. Though Rogaine is not controlled and you can readily purchase it at the nearest pharmacy near you. It is highly recommended that you consult a medical professional for advice before purchasing it. This is because Rogaine is available in different concentrations and might cause allergic reactions.

It is worth noting that 3-6 months of Rogaine application is required before noticeable hair growth can be observed. Any hair growth that occurs during the application of Rogaine should be expected to fall off if Rogaine is discontinued. Although not really a hair loss cure per SE, this is considered one of the more effective hair loss remedies for MPHL.

Rogaine is available both as a foam and a solution.

Propecia(Finasteride)

Another popular MPHL hair loss cure strategy is Finasteride. Finasteride deals with the root(pun intended) cause of androgenetic alopecia. You see, the reason why men lose their hair is due to this pesky hormone called dihydrotestosterone(DHT). When you have too much of DHT, you experience hair loss. DHT forms by an enzyme converting testosterone into DHT. By introducing our superhero Finasteride into your body, this drug inhibits the enzyme, preventing it from converting testosterone into DHT. Thus, after a few months of beginning treatment, you will begin to notice hair growth!

As above, do consult with a medical professional before beginning treatment. This is because consumption of Finasteride can lead to side effects such as sexual dysfunction or increased risk of prostate cancer. In order for you to evaluate the risks appropriately. It is necessary to have someone educated about the matter to help you.

Propecia is available in pill form.

Conclusion

If you are really keen to find out how you can really stop hair loss to MPHL, it might be wise to seek consultation with a hair treatment specialist. Although drugs can help to arrest the rapid hair loss and keep it under control. Growing back your hair and keeping it luscious like it was may require different treatment strategies.

before & after hair restoration

men natural hair restoration @Follicle

Drugs also come up side effects so it might not be a good idea to rely on the long term. If you are more interested in more natural, non-drug related treatments, you can check out http://www.follicle.com.sg/ as they have a proven track record in hair loss remedies that are medically acclaimed.

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Hair Loss How to Prevent it? Female Pattern Hair Loss

How to Prevent Hair Loss (Female Pattern)

Ah, Female pattern hair loss(FPHL). If Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) would be the bank robber, running into danger guns blazing, FPHL would be the online hacker, choosing a more discrete way of doing morally dubious acts. FPHL is unfortunately not well understood. For MPHL, dihydrotestosterone(DHT) has been identified as the main culprit. Scientists are therefore able to treat MPHL, by inhibiting the enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. However, women who have normal levels of DHT have been found to be suffering from pattern hair loss(PHL)! This bizarre occurrence necessarily requires us to classify Male and Female pattern hair loss differently.

Consequently, this means they also require different types of hair loss treatment.

different types of female hair loss

It is worth mentioning that while some of those suffering from FPHL have normal levels of DHT, if you have high levels of DHT, it is almost guaranteed that you will suffer from PHL.

Despite this odd occurrence, it in no way means that we are not absolutely clueless. Leading research has shown that genetics play a huge role in FPHL. If your parents have PHL, it is unfortunately likely that you too will suffer from it. How to prevent hair loss from FPHL you ask? Read on.

Symptoms of FPHL

Some symptoms of FPHL include:
– Gradual hair loss over the crown(distinct from MPHL where hair loss is over the frontal hairline!)
– Possible Bitemporal recession, but to a lesser extent than men

Female Hair Loss progress graph

FPHL can result in extremely distressing psychological situations for females! This is why it is vital that we treat the condition.

Hair Loss Treatment for FPHL

Hair loss treatment options in Singapore for FPHL are similar to those for MPHL, but with vital differences:

Rogaine(Minoxidil)

Rogaine prolongs the growth phase of your hair, known as anagen, resulting in you having more strands of hair that grow longer as well. It is available in pharmacies, but it is highly recommended that you visit a medical professional before starting treatment. This is because Rogaine can result in unwanted hair growth, specifically facial hair, especially if the solution drips down onto your face when it is applied topically on your scalp. You may also be unaware of the progression of how your scalp would react to Rogaine(it is normal to lose more hair before growing new hair). Do take note that Rogaine for men contains 5% Minoxidil whereas Rogaine for women contains 2% Minoxidil. Women are also likely to experience lightheadedness and dizziness from the medication.

Rogaine is available both as a foam and a solution.

Female Hair Loss examples

Propecia(Finasteride)

Pregnant women should not take Finasteride unless specified by a medical professional. Though there are certain studies that show promising results for Finasteride, it is well known and documented that pregnant women who consume Finasteride are prone to having their male fetuses experience birth defects in their sexual organs due to DHT inhibition. It can be said that women who are infertile can take Finasteride, but there are other dangers such as hormonal changes. It is wise to err on the safe side – consult a doctor.

Spironolactone

Spironolactone functions similarly to Finasteride(both work by blocking male hormones to prevent hair loss). However, Spironolactone is noticeably safer for women, but still should not be consumed during pregnancy. This drug is often prescribed off-label(meaning not officially approved) in treating FPHL by physicians. However, consumption of Spironolactone often requires frequent blood tests – Potassium levels and kidney function might be changed due to the drug.

Hair Loss Treatments for FPHL in Singapore?

Many often ask “how do I prevent hair loss from PMHL?”. It is unfortunate that modern day medicine has not found conclusive, efficacious and safe pharmaceutical treatment options for women who are experiencing FPHL.  However, there are other options. Hair transplants are an option – albeit an expensive one. Despite so, it is still a good idea to seek professional consultation before attempting any hair loss treatment for FPHL. Follicle Hair is an affordable option with rave reviews online so you can consider that if you need a reliable name. Alternatively, googling around should also get you various specialist salons that might help in solving your problem.

Hair Loss How to Prevent it? Female Pattern Hair Loss
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