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How To Handle That Embarrassing Baldness

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If there is anything more embarrassing for a man in this life, it is going bald. Nothing beats the depression, embarrassment and sometimes anger that comes from having your own ‘little desert’.

Growing up, it was common sight for old men to walk by with shiny spots at the front of their heads or right on top of it, nestled there like a small barren island at the edge or in the heart of a forest, and it was also common placed to erroneously to tag it an ‘old men’ thing. These days, the story is different, even the young guys are not left out of the ‘balding story’.

It is quite embarrassing, to say the least, for a young man to realize that with all his cute dressing and impressive swag, it was his ‘shiny spot’ that actually got him noticed. So, how does a young guy explain or cope with the loss of his hair at a tender age?

Good for those who have the financial muscle to seek for medical solution like international footballer, Wayne Rooney but as a young man without such means, please understand the reason behind that baldness before getting cajoled into using different creams and hair conditioning solutions.

Medically speaking, baldness or loss of hair is a progressive, diffused loss of scalp hair in men that begins in the twenties or early thirties, depending on the presence of the androgenic hormone testosterone, which is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors.

Each strand of hair sits in a tiny hole (cavity) in the skin called a follicle. Baldness in general occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter hair. Eventually, the follicle does not grow new hair. The follicles remain alive, which suggests that it is still possible to grow new hair.

Simply put, almost all hair loss in guys result from male-pattern baldness, a genetic trait that comes from parents. Other causes include certain medications, too much vitamin A, or not enough protein. Illness or stress can lead to sudden, heavy shedding called telogen effluvium. Good news, though: Hair loss that isn’t from male pattern baldness often reverses itself.

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SYMPTOMS

The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually moves backward (recedes) and forms an “M” shape. Eventually the hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped (or horseshoe) pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

TREATMENT

Minoxidil (Rogaine), a solution that is applied directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. It slows hair loss for many men, and some men grow new hair. Hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine.

Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar), a pill that interferes with the production of a highly active form of testosterone that is linked to baldness. It slows hair loss. It works slightly better than minoxidil. Hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine.

Hair transplants consist of removing tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. This can cause minor scarring and possibly, infection. The procedure usually requires multiple sessions and may be expensive. Suturing hair pieces to the scalp is not recommended. It can result in scars, infections, and abscess of the scalp. The use of hair implants made of artificial fibers was banned by the FDA because of the high rate of infection.

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Honestly, treatment is not necessary if one is comfortable with his appearance. Tips to doing getting that include.

  • Change hairstyle to disguise the hair loss
  • Regular haircuts at the barber’s will help maintain that smart, cool and pretty look. If you don’t have the luxury to visit a salon once a week, just get a clipper, and do your thing at home. This is usually the least expensive and safest approach to handle male baldness.
  • You are not your hair because not only hairs don’t make a man. Remember everything else you have to offer.
  • Take charge of other things about that you can control, like staying in shape.
  • Moral support would help. It is all right to look to others for support. For inspiration, think of bald men or guys with shaved heads who ooze confidence like Samuel Jackson, Vin Diesel, Pitbull and of course, Nigeria’s very own Banky W. Consider yourself in good company.

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