Hair loss often comes later on in life especially with men. But in some rare occasion there are times when individuals lose it early on. As much as it becomes disturbing for older men it turns into a whole new level of distress when hair loss happens in your twenties or in your teens. What most people don’t know is that there are actually a growing number of young men who lose their hair at a young age.
Unknown to common knowledge, old age is not the only cause for hair loss and heredity may also bring this out. But one of the causes that results to this devastating change is the hormone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. If this is your first time to encounter this culprit, you might be interested to know that it is a naturally occurring chemical in your body. It is responsible for male attributes, sex drive and even aggression.
DHT is formed when changes occur in the metabolism of androgen. When androgen crosses paths with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase this is the unfortunate blend that forms DHT. The moment DHT comes in contact with your hair follicles is the time where it unleashes its hair loss capabilities. It thins and then shrinks your hair follicles as it hinders vitamins, minerals, and proteins from nourishing them. The process off shrinking these hair follicles is what is called miniaturization and then leads it to fall off. Overtime the hair follicles reproduce at a much slower rate until it reaches a point where it actually ceases to produce new hair.
To top off the detrimental effects of DHT it creates a wax-like substance around the hair roots further aggravating the situation. This results to what are called male or female pattern baldness. For younger individuals, especially teenagers, the chances for developing this condition increases as the hormones around this time tend to be very unstable.
The hair loss pattern often starts out at the crown or presents as a receding hairline. For women, a diffuse hair loss occurs with increased gravity near the top portion of the head or the mid hairline. To treat this condition there are a lot of methods already introduced nowadays. You can choose from an array of hair loss pills, topical creams, hair pieces (e.g. weaves, wigs or toupees), or the most reliable and permanent of them all, a hair transplant surgery.
If you ask people who had their hair loss problem managed, they would tell you that the most cost effective way to do it is with a hair transplant. If done by a good surgeon, the effects are impressively natural looking, and you can enjoy it for many years to come. However, before resorting to this invasive procedure, your surgeon still needs to evaluate you on whether you will be a good candidate for it.
Those who are still on their teens, they are often advised to wait a couple of years until they reach their mid-twenties because there are instances where hair loss will stop on its own.