Hereditary hair loss. Why and what to do?
Hair loss has many faces
In general, hair loss can have various causes. The most common reason for hair loss is hereditary hair loss, but there are also other reasons such as stress, deficiency symptoms or, for example, lack of sleep.
Hereditary hair loss
Today we are dealing with the most common form of hair loss: hereditary hair loss.
Statistics show that around 80% of men sooner or later suffer from hereditary hair loss. The cause is a hereditary hypersensitivity of the hair roots to the body's own messenger substance dihydrotestosterone (DHT for short).
The first signs often show up very early, often at the age of 18 - many of you are probably familiar with the feeling of this aha moment when you notice that the mat was a bit thicker or that the popular hairline wanders back a little year after year - the so-called receding hairline.
The next level is - and that is the one that makes every concealment of the hairstyle a killer - the tonsure. It is also affectionately known as the “airplane landing pad” like we say in Germany. The hair on the head is thinned in a circle on the back of the head and the often seen bald circle on the back of the head is created.
The reason for hair loss
Folks, now it's getting scientific for a moment:
Men with hereditary hair loss produce more DHT on the one hand, because an overactive enzyme converts a lot of testosterone into DHT in them. On the other hand, the hair roots have an unusually high number of sensitive DHT receptors for hereditary reasons. The result: hair loss.
Feeling: Shit, not good at all.
Magical miracle cures for hair growth?
Emotional for most of us a roller coaster ride, very few just stand over it and carry on, but phase 1 usually begins: “How can I save my hair?”
After initial research, you quickly come across to so-called miracle cures with great marketing promises: Products that are supposed to stop hair loss or even help to get new hair.
Whether caffeine shampoos, minoxidil products or hair fibers to hair pieces or a hair transplant.
Everyone has to find their way and the best solution for themselves.
I have tested all these products myself, had offers for a hair transplant and in the end I didn't do it.
Fancy more exchange on the topic:
There are numerous cool guys in our BETTER BE BOLD community who have experienced and been through the same thing. We look forward to an exciting exchange among like-minded people.
The decision to go bald
Not everyone makes the decision to shave a bald head immediately. There are numerous options, one is often uncertainty and it takes courage. For me personally, the decision to go bald was extremely liberating and I was incredibly happy afterwards.
I no longer wanted to watch the hair get less from year to year and spend endless amounts of money on products that do not help in the end.
And a hair transplant: No questions asked, the results are sometimes overwhelming. At the end of the day, it is always a surgical procedure with high costs and health risks. I've often thought about it, but in the end I decided against it.
Courage to go bald - for me it was the best decision of my life.