Male Pattern Baldness is a problem for up to 85% of men. Until recently, it was simply a mark of age and nothing – contrary to many adverts – could be done about it. The discovery of Minoxidil has changed all of that – for good! Minoxidil halts the onslaught of Male Pattern Baldness and even reverses it, allowing new hair to grow where it might have gone forever. You can beat Male Pattern Baldness!
Male Pattern Baldness
Male Pattern Baldness
“Male Pattern Baldness” is the technical term for going bald. It affects most men at some point in their life, with figures ranging from 60% to 85% of men. Until recently, as a man got older he knew his hair would begin to thin out and eventually, the bald spot would appear. Men had to accept this as an irreversible part of age.
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
Male Pattern Baldness is a genetic condition, associated with hereditary. If your Dad has/had some kind of premature baldness, there’s a reasonable chance you will. It’s not quite as ‘cut and ried’ as that, as several genes have been identified in causing the condition.
All the hair on your body is made in hair follicles. Follicles are tiny holes in the skin, from which the hair sprouts. A hair on your scalp generally grows from each follicle, for about three years, when it is shed and a new hair grows. This cycle of growth, shedding and regrowth continues throughout life, but in Male Pattern Baldness, the hair follicles on your scalp become smaller over time. As this shrinking of the follicle continues, each new hair is thinner, weaker and slower than the previous one.
Over time, all that remains is a smaller, weaker follicle and a tiny stump of hair, often not growing beyond the skin surface.
Testosterone and other male hormones are directly involved in causing these changes. Contrary to popular myth, bald men do not have more testosterone. All studies show that men with Male Pattern Baldness have no significantly different, or lower, levels of testosterone.
The cells in your scalp, via some very clever biology, convert testosterone into another hormone, one called ‘dihydrotestosterone‘. Dihydrotestosterone seems to be the molecule which affects the hair follicles, causing them to shrink and wither, although the biological reasons for this are, as yet, unclear.
Also unclear is why this process happens on the scalp, but not in other areas on the body, such as armpits and the back of the head. Science needs to work on this!
But no more! Nightmares of ‘comb-overs’ and skin grafts are long gone, thanks to the development of a drug called Minoxidil.
Is Minoxidil a Cure for Male Pattern Baldness?
“Cure” isn’t the right word. Applying Minoxidil once will not regrow your hair, forever. Minoxidil is a topical treatment, not a cure.
Continued application of Minoxidil will, absolutely, reverse the signs of Male Pattern Baldness. At first, it will dramatically slow down the process of hair loss, then after time, will ‘kick-start’ your follicles to begin to regrow hair once lost. If you stop using Minoxidil, your baldness will begin to reappear.