Hair thinning in men could be due to various reasons but in 95 percent of cases it is due to male pattern hair loss. The symptoms for male pattern hair loss include thinning at the crown of the head and/or a receding hairline. Underlying health conditions like severe trauma, hormone imbalance, autoimmune disease or side effects of medication attribute for the remaining 5% of hair loss in men.
- Male pattern hair loss
- Alopecia areata
- Telogen eflluvium
- Traction alopecia
Male Pattern Hair Loss
Male pattern hair loss is inherited from parents and is the most common cause of hair thinning in men. This is mainly due to the effects of a byproduct of testosterone known as DHT. Initially normal hair production stops and hair follicles start producing short, colorless and thin hair.Eventually hair production stops completely. Initial symptoms include hair thinning that may quickly advance to bald spots. The scalp appears to be shiny and tight once the follicles start degenerating.
Characterized by loss of hair in patches on the scalp and/ or beard area, this type of hair loss is seen in both adults and children. Smooth, round patches as big as the size of a coin or ever bigger can be seen as and when there is hair fall. It may start and stop abruptly and is caused when the hair follicles are attacked by the immune system.
Characterized by immense shedding of hair from the entire scalp area. It could be caused by iron deficiency, protein deficiency, anaemia, thyroid problems, surgery or illness. Symptoms include loss of large amounts of hair in the shower or on the hair brush or on the pillow. This type of hair loss can be treated by treating the root cause and corrected in six to twelve months time.
Too much strain on the hair follicles may result in permanent damage of the hair follicles preventing hair to re-grow. Ongoing pulling, braiding and the like may cause excessive strain resulting in this type of hair loss.