So what’s the problem?
It’s finally happening. That proud statement that you’ve cultured and lavished with expensive products for the past god-knows how many years, has finally started to give way. Hair loss has arrived.
You’ve noticed your hairline for the first time in a photograph, or a mate has made a clever comment about the cold or reflective surfaces. Either way, it’s got you thinking and you’re on the hunt for information, armed with questions like “what do I do?”, “can I do anything?” or “will it grow back?”
The good news, is that you’re not alone and you’re certainly not the first man in this position. There is a wealth of information on hair loss out there that will likely overload you, so, if you’re straight to the point like us, you might find the rest of this article useful.
Is it hair loss i’m experiencing?
If you’ve noticed a few stray hairs on your pillow or in the basin, then keep reading. Whatever your symptoms, it’s an idea to make note so you can better understand what the issue is and what you can do about it.
Remember that this article isn’t a medical journal and we’re not qualified medical practitioners – no amount of what you read online should take priority for the advice of an expert. We’re just here to filter some of the noise and hopefully help point you in the right direction.
Shedding, Balding or Thinning?
Three words that on the surface at least, explain the same thing. They all describe one thing; hair loss. It is however important to understand the difference and what goes into making a diagnosis before getting too alarmed.
Shedding hair isn’t necessarily something to stress over – a ‘normal’ head of hair will shed something like 100-150 follicles per day. You only need to really examine what’s going on if you’ve noticed a recent increase. If you have noticed a change, take a look at the fallen follicles – if they’re looking thinner than usual, it could be a sign of hormones called Androgens that are linked to your genetics.
The other consideration is your health and wellbeing – are you on medications that might cause this? Stressed? Diet gone to the wall? These are all things to think through before you go see your Doc or a Dermatologist. Shedding has many causes that need to be considered and eliminated before being diagnosed.
Balding is commonly known in medical terms as ‘Male Pattern Baldness’ or ‘MPB’. Your hormones, genetics and age all play a part in the process. Long story short, they combine to affect the hair growth phases, meaning that new follicles spend less time growing before falling out. The result is patches of hairless scalp where luscious locks once lived. Keep an eye out for your hairline receding into the characteristic ‘M’ shape or a bald patch where your crown used to be.
Thinning is the one form of hair loss that is most common – and most closely linked to your genetics. It’s also regarded as perhaps the most difficult to spot – you won’t be noticing swathes of hair on your pillow, or be unclogging drains. You might however feel your hair is more limp than it used to be, it’s more brittle or the colour is starting to fade.
Just remember one thing – self diagnosis is risky. If you’re in any doubt or want some professional guidance, we urge you to go see your GP or a Dermatologist.
What’s the prognosis?
An estimated 65% of men experience hair loss to some degree or another at some stage of their lives. It’s important here to remember you’re not alone – you’re not the first and certainly won’t be the last man in the world to face one of nature’s toughest decisions! Some embrace it, some fight it, some do nothing and simply accept it. You have options!
You sadly can’t roll the clock back – yes you can look at hair transplants if you’ve got thousands to spend. These guys get some seriously impressive results in a lot of cases and its worthy of serious consideration if your circumstances dictate this as a possibility.
If not, one perhaps easier fix is to invest in a healthy regimen of diet, exercise and a low-stress lifestyle – take some of the non-genetic risk factors off the table. If you’re concerned that you’re in the early stages of hair loss, or you’re at risk, speed is your friend. Move quickly – you may just be able to slow things down.
Another worthy consideration is to talk to your barber – let them know you’re concerned and get their thoughts. If they’ve been cutting your hair a while, they might have noticed a change or might be able to reassure you. If your hair is changing, they might be able to recommend a new style or haircut that keeps things looking luscious up top for a little longer.
We’re not going to give you a shameless plug about Mr Hawke Flex Pomade and how it can work for you, but rest assured it has been designed with guys like you in mind – our Rescue Formula contains a complex of Arginine and Caffeine; two ingredients scientifically proven to assist with creating a healthy environment for hair growth. L-Arginine is an essential Amino Acid in the production of the protein Keratin (which your follicles are made of), while Caffeine acts as a stimulant to your scalp and also thickens those finer follicles. Stronger follicles and a healthier scalp mean you’re giving yourself every chance possible to slow down mother nature’s crusade to make the world more bald.