Causes of Hair Loss in Men: Getting Real About this Hair Issue

Alyssa François | 25 May 2016

Empower yourself with knowledge when dealing with any hair issues. 

Hair loss might be something you’ll have to face at some point in your life. For the most part, hair loss is more typical in men than it is in women. However, it can be caused by a host of factors from genetics to the environment, to stress, and of course age. As frustrating as this hair issue may be, it’s also important to learn more about the causes of hair loss to help you have a better sense of what’s happening in order to deal with it and even find a solution. Read on to discover some of the many common causes of hair loss in men.

Causes of Hair Loss in Men

1. Male pattern baldness

According to Unilever’s, Leon-van Gorkom: “Many men (2 out of 3) will show MPB by the age of 60 – can start as early as your twenties”. While you can use hair care products to help slow down the process, baldness can be uncontrollable if it’s in your genes. Male pattern baldness is one of the most common causes of hair loss in men and is due to a combination of genes and male sex hormones. The hair usually recedes at the temples resulting in an M-Shaped hairline.

2. Pollution from smoking

You may feel that you need to quit smoking immediately. Whether you realize it now or not, smoking habits and overexposure to second-hand smoke can dispatch the genetic factor related to baldness.  Smoking can result in premature aging, and baldness is one of the results. The toxic chemicals from cigarette smoke impact your circulation negatively, which can hinder the blood flow to your hair follicles. When this occurs, the normal hair growth and hair loss cycle is disrupted and causes hair to thin and then eventually fall out altogether.

causes of hair loss from styling
Man buns and cool updos for men, can tug the hair at your hairline. Be cautious and try to keep them loose.

3. Tight hairstyles

Braids or that high and tight man bun you love can lead to hair loss. When the hair is pulled back it leads to hair loss over time. While your hairstyle may look stylish and neat, it’s really playing tug-of-war with your hair follicles, forcing the hair to be pulled out.

4. Poor hygiene 

Employing a good hair care regimen is vital. Extremely poor hygiene can lead to ailments such as ringworm that affect the scalp and can lead to hair loss. Make sure you wash your hair thoroughly to rid your scalp from any dirt which can lead to something much worse. Dove Men + Care Complete Care Fortifying 2 In 1 Shampoo + Conditioner helps with the overall health and cleanliness of your scalp and hair.  If you notice anything strange happening on the surface of your scalp, try not to self-diagnose and stress out which can also lead to more hair loss (more on this later), but seek medical attention.

causes of hair loss in men balding man
Hair loss can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes male pattern baldness begins at your crown.

5. Stress

We all know stress stinks, but it stinks even more when it’s causing your hair to fall out. Often times, stress pushes the hair follicles into a resting stage. At this point, the hair begins to fall out when carrying out your daily styling or wash and care routines. Sometimes, when you’re stressed, you begin to pull your hair and when you don’t even notice it. Eventually, you’ll look in the mirror and recognize a bald patch or plenty. This may be all reversed if you take care of your emotional well-being.

6. Poor diet

Sure, you’ve heard the old adage which still rings true: You are what you eat. Poor dietary habits can lead to hair loss. When your body is deficient in minerals and nutrients that are vital to your overall well-being, you might notice your hair gets affected. If you are experiencing hair loss from a poor diet, be sure to eat well and stay healthy.

Which of these causes of hair loss in men causes concern you?

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