You’ve been studying your hairline in the bathroom mirror for months and conscientiously check the pillow each morning.
Finally, your suspicions have been confirmed - you’re losing your hair.
Whilst at first this can seem daunting, and traumatising, don’t fret. Hair loss is very common and will eventually happen to a majority of men.
Let’s take a deep breath, and think about the options available…
1. Scientifically Proven Treatments
Finasteride and Minoxidil are the main treatments available in the UK for male pattern baldness.
Both are clinically proven to slow down and prevent hair loss as well as encourage hair growth.
Finasteride works by inhibiting the action of the hormone DHT which causes a miniaturisation of hair follicles. Minoxidil works differently, by stimulating blood flow and nutrients, to hair follicles.
Both are available on prescription at Man Behind The Mirror.
2. Wigs and Toupées
When we think of wigs we think of a dodgy black-and-white comedy on TV.
This is no longer the case as this is an area that has seen some rapid progress in recent years.
Wigs have now morphed into ‘non-surgical hair replacement’ whereby bespoke, customised wigs are created which blend in with your own hair and can be used for up to a month at a time.
3. Hair Transplant
Hair transplants have grown in popularity in recent years.
This is a cosmetic procedure that removes hair follicles from one part of the head (the 'donor site') and inserts them at a balding part of the head ('recipient site'). Hair transplants can either be done by grafting a patch of skin or by grafting one hair follicle at a time.
Transplants are primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. Depending on the success of the procedure, between 10% to 80% of transplanted hair will fully grow, usually within 3 months.
4. A Good Haircut
Just because you’re thinning on top doesn’t mean you have to pick a shaved head. Whether you’re balding at the hairline or crown, or have short or long hair, there are several good hairstyles for male pattern baldness.
For example, take a buzz cut which is used by many celebs who are losing hair. The buzz cut gives you a clean, yet edgy look with the length of the shave dependent on how severe the balding is. It’s great as it focuses attention on the face (with the added benefit that it's short so low maintenance).
Also think about how facial hair, such as the beard, can complement your new stylish haircut.
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Written by Mike Firth, GP and Medical Director
This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.