Hair loss is a fact of life for many males, but in most cases it doesn’t need to be. In recent years there have been some miraculous advances in technology and science that have made successfully treating most common hair loss types very affordable.
Common Hair Loss Types
There are many hair loss types (hair fall), most of which affect males more so than females, with male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) the most common variety. The following hair loss types are the most common varieties of hair loss that males experience, but don’t worry if you recognise yours among them – if it’s one of the following, we can help you to regrow your hair and regain your self-confidence.
Androgenic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness)
The most common form of hair loss among men – it also affects women but in a different way – androgenic alopecia is now easily treatable with an affordable hair transplant. Males may be affected by androgenic alopecia quite young, as early as their late teens or early twenties, but there’s no general age at which men begin to notice a pattern of baldness forming.
The typical pattern of baldness that usually forms – see the Norwood Scale below – begins at the temples or the top of the scalp and gradually recedes backwards to form an ‘M’ shape before gradually forming a ‘U’ shape as the hair at the top of the scalp thins and/or falls out. If you want to do something about male pattern baldness, get in touch with GetHair and we’ll have a chat about your hair transplant options.
As you age, your hair begins to thin and it also loses its volume, which is natural, but it isn’t something that you have to tolerate. Involution alopecia causes hair follicles to go into the telogen or resting phase gradually over time, but it’s usually treatable with hair transplant therapy.
This is a tricky one to treat because of its causes. Alopecia areata can affect males and females of all ages and is generally considered an autoimmune condition, which means the body attacks its own hair follicles. Whilst the patches of hair that fall out usually grow back, this isn’t always the case and some people are left with patches, usually on the top of the scalp.
If you’ve been diagnosed with this common condition, you’re advised to consult with your doctor and the specialists that you’ve been seeing before you start looking into hair transplant therapy and other treatment options.
This type of hair loss typically occurs after a stressful episode – childbirth, loss, bereavement, severe illness, etc. – and can affect both men and women. In most cases the hair will grow back, but if it doesn’t, hair transplant therapy may help.
This type of hair loss is a fungal infection of the scalp and generally affects young children and teenagers, but it’s rare for healthy adults to be diagnosed with it. Don’t worry if your children are diagnosed with tinea capitis, because once the infection has been cured (usually with topical or oral medication) the hair quickly grows back and there’s usually no need to seek hair loss treatment.