Keeping the Hair On

Keeping the Hair On
Men have always had one beauty worry, if nothing else. Firstly, calling it a ‘beauty query’ doesn’t make you any less macho; and secondly, it is the issue of keeping the hair on your head right there.

Most men are petrified by the idea of a bald patch showing up on their heads, while some others like to shave it all off when the first patch appears. Regardless of which category you fall into, here are some quick facts about that ‘bald patch’ that has men stupefied for centuries now.

Does wearing that baseball cap most of the times contribute to my thinning hair?

Male baldness

The answer to that is a big, fat NO. Most men are wrongly led to believe that the hat/cap all the time will end up not giving enough space for your scalp to breathe. The truth is, you can’t suffocate your scalp by wearing a cap; because the follicles of your hair, in fact, end up receiving all their oxygen from the bloodstream; and not from the air around them.

Another common myth to do the rounds is that your genes for hair loss can be traced to your mother’s side. So if your mother’s dad had a great mop of hair on his head even when they were burying him, then perhaps you have nothing to worry about, right! WRONG! You have to worry about your dad’s side as well. Balding can, in some cases, be inherited from the father’s side as well.

Do hair thickening shampoos work?

Baldness cures

Well, it’s a matter of perspective, we’d say! These shampoos and conditioners might end up adding to the texture and volume of your hair. They do not, in any way, contribute to slowing down hair loss. There are, however, a few products in the market that might help you achieve the slowing of hair loss. They will help you revive those shrunken follicles and will thicken your hair shafts, thus leaving you with a thicker coup than you began out with.

Is the genetic testing for balding any good?

A $150 test could screen you for variations seen in a gene called the androgen receptor. This gene is commonly associated with mal-pattern baldness. The main purpose solved by this test is that it can pinpoint cases wherein people are at an increased risk of hair loss. This helps, especially, in the cases where this hair loss will not be too apparent early on; and will turn drastic in the later stages. This way, medical intervention to save those tufts of hair can be started early on; and this might end up showing better results than cures later on will be capable of showing.

But it is of utmost importance that you remember that this kind of association between the androgen receptor genes and balding is just being researched; and most researchers haven’t been able to provide for very convincing arguments. One of the biggest dangers of such testing is that patients might tend to overreact to the test results. It would be advised that such testing only gets conducted under the supervision of a doctor; this, so that facts get placed into the right context.

Is 35 too early an age to begin treatment for baldness?

The FDA has its own take on the medications available in the market today to combat balding. Patients are advised to start early, because these medicines can be used on men who are 18 years of age and above. The truth of the matter is that these medicines work better as a preventive measure; so early administering will help you avoid hair thinning and bald patches.

One of the main side effects, however, is sexual dysfunction, which is caused due to these medicines. But you needn’t fret over it, because this side effect is reversible once you’re off the drug, thus making it a temporary hitch for some greater good.