How can I prevent hair loss?

#1
My brother who is 22 years old is experiencing hair loss on the corners of his forehead, what can he do about it? Is there some cure for it?
 
#3
Hi Lallu,
I found this article on Netdoctor - it gives a little bit of information about the male hair loss, prevention and treatment. I hope this helps:

What is male hair loss (male pattern baldness/androgenic alopecia)?

Male hair loss is the most common type of hair loss. It is caused by increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in certain parts of the scalp, and is passed on from generation to generation.

In the past, baldness was often seen as something unfortunate or undesirable. However, this attitude has changed over the years and nowadays a clean-shaven head is usually considered both fashionable and attractive.

What causes male hair loss?

Some men have areas on the scalp that are very sensitive to the male sex hormones that circulate in men's blood. The hormones make the hair follicles - from which hair grows - shrink. Eventually, they become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs. The follicles are still alive, but are no longer able to perform their task.

The condition usually starts in men aged 20 to 30 and follows a typical pattern. First, a receding hairline develops, and gradually the hair on top of the head also begins to thin. Eventually, the two balding areas meet to form a typical U-shape around the back and sides of the head. The hair that remains is often finer, and does not grow as quickly as it used to.

Can male hair loss be prevented?

Male hair loss is genetically determined (passed on from parents). Although a doctor can offer medical treatment to improve the condition, this may have side effects.
What can be done at home?

You need to decide how you feel about hair loss. Male hair loss affects a large part of the male population and people react very differently to it.

It is important to try to accept hair loss for what it is - something natural. Rather than trying to camouflage bald spots with remaining hair or a wig, it is probably a better idea to leave your hair as it is, or shave it off completely. If, however, you decide to try to regain your hair, possible medical treatments are discussed below.
How is male hair loss treated?

Baldness is generally regarded as natural, and not a disease. So if a person decides they wish to try to get their hair back, they will probably have to pay for the lengthy, expensive procedure themselves.

Treatment with medication

* Minoxidil lotion (Regaine regular strength or Regaine extra strength) is applied twice daily to the scalp. Minoxidil was originally invented as a treatment for high blood pressure; the hair growth is a side effect that, in this case, has proved useful. It is not available on NHS prescription, but can be purchased over-the-counter. About 60 per cent of patients benefit from it to varying degrees and its effects start to wear off as soon as it is stopped.
* Finasteride (Propecia) is a medicine taken in tablet form that partially blocks the effects of the male hormones (an 'anti-androgen'). It is used in a higher dose to reduce the size of the prostate gland in men with benign prostatic hypertrophy. Propecia has been shown to halt further hair loss and promote re-growth of scalp hair in approximately 80 per cent of patients after three to six months. Treatment must be continued to sustain the improvement in hair growth. It is only available on private prescription and a months supply costs around £30.

Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery may be the only reliable way to replace lost hair, and techniques for restoring hair growth are constantly improving. These include:

* a transplant, where the surgeon moves non-sensitive hairs from the back of the head to the top. This is best for men whose hair loss is limited to the front of the scalp. Factors that determine whether a person is a suitable candidate include age, hair colour, the nature of hair loss, and whether the hair type is straight or curly.
* scalp reduction, a technique that is most suitable for men with a small, well-defined bald spot on the top of the head.
* flap-surgery, which involves making the part of the scalp that still contains hair larger. This is a possibility in cases of hair loss over a small area.
 
#4
Thank you for this post, butterflyes. Does the male and a female treatment for the hair loss still work the same? Because, friend who is experiencing similar problems to this.:)
 
#5
Over use of hair dyes, hairdryer and curling iron can aggravate the problem of hair loss, leading to baldness. Do not use such product on regular basis. Hair coloring may also cause hair loss so leave a gap of at least 6 to 8 weeks between each session.
 

reira

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#6
As for my observation many males are getting bald easily rather than females. And once a male gets bald the possibility of getting their hairs back is really low.
 
#7
you can try using aloe vera and put it on your hair just like hair oil. also try taking calcium rich foods as well as vitamins c, d & e rich foods to help in making your hair cells strong. don't use too much chemicals on your head too.
 
#8
I have the same problem, i used to be a bike rider (motorbike), i used to wear helmet for long durations and lost my hair, i tried diff methods and now am trying a herbal method and this is the first time it looks like its working.. i need some time to fully know about it. i will let you know if it works for me.
 
#9
That's terrible at such young age. He shouldn't be so stressed. Most people who are stressful get bald quickly.
hi reira its not only because of stress. Its because of several reasons that people get bald quickly. They reasons are... like Heredity which is the first and the fore most, diet, temperature, nature of job, deficiency, and finally as you said stress..
 

div

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#11
As for my observation many males are getting bald easily rather than females. And once a male gets bald the possibility of getting their hairs back is really low.
yes.. you are right.. males get bald easily and worse.. the reason for that may be due to the heredity and the usually body temperature of men is higher, and men involves in much physical activities and driving and roaming.. so there are lot of chances of hair gets exposed to dust, gases.. hot sunlight etc which may result in hair loss

The hormones in female is essential for their longer hair growth, so men don't have that type.. so its difficult to get back lost hair.
 
#12
There are many reasons for hair loss as all of you have said. I think if hair loss is because of stress or illness it will eventually grow back when the problem is solved but if it is becuase of hereditery there is not much you can do about it.
 
#14
There are many reasons for hair loss as all of you have said. I think if hair loss is because of stress or illness it will eventually grow back when the problem is solved but if it is becuase of hereditery there is not much you can do about it.
I agree with you cleocat. Anyhow since nobody wants to become bald specially in our early age, in this case (hereditary aspect) it's better to consult a competent doctor before anything else.
 
#15
Yeah, better ask an expert on what to do about it, because doing things that is only advised might further harm his hair. There are different reasons as to why people lose their hair, so there are also different treatments.
 
#16
I think your brother has high levels of male hormones because male hormones cause baldness. There are commercial hair grower on the market. I heard that horse shampoo works? is it true?