Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 7/26/2020
You’re going bald. Those are the three words that no man ever wants to hear. Unfortunately, male pattern baldness is a reality that many of us will face at some point in our lives.
To make matters worse, approximately 66 percent of us will experience male pattern baldness in some form by our 35th birthday. We’re not here just to talk about gloom and doom.
There are a number of viable solutions on the market that can stop or, at the very least, slow down your hair loss considerably. But before they will work, you have to notice the signs and take action.
The biggest problem with male pattern baldness is that guys tend to obsess about it and let hair loss stress them out, but more often than not, they don’t take action.
Some of this has to do with denial or skepticism, but it seems as if the majority of men are simply unaware that there are treatments — scientifically proven, FDA-approved treatments — that can help them keep their hair.
And in order for these treatments to work, you need to spot the hair loss and meet with a healthcare professional.
If you’re experiencing a little bit of shedding here and there, you could get away with using some of the over-the-counter hair products like five percent minoxidil and monitor your progress.
In other circumstances, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a hair loss healthcare professional who can better help you.
Here are some signs that it’s time to meet with a hair specialist.
Your hair is falling out rapidly and suddenly
More often than not, male pattern baldness is something that happens gradually.
While the rate at which men lose their hair varies from person to person and is usually determined by genetics, rarely does it cause large clumps of hair to fall out.
If you’ve developed a large bald spot seemingly overnight or you’re noticing your hair falling out in large amounts, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a professional as soon as possible.
That could be the sign of other problems, including abnormally high stress levels, malnutrition and other forms of alopecia.
Your hair loss treatment program isn’t working
So you’ve started using five percent minoxidil and hair care products with ketoconazole, but your hair is still falling out.
First of all, it’s great that you were able to keep track of your hair’s volume.
It should go without saying that your treatment program isn’t working as well as you’d hoped for.
That doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to a life of hair loss; just that you’ve not found the right program that works for you.
With the help of a hair loss professional, you can explore a number of different options that stop male pattern baldness and, in some cases, trigger hair regrowth.
According to the Norwood scale of male pattern baldness, the critical stages of hair loss begin being very noticeable in Stage III and onward.
This is when male pattern baldness really starts to get noticeable, and the further it progresses, the more you start to develop that horseshoe or cul-de-sac hairstyle.
You’ll probably hear a lot of hair loss experts talk about how it’s impossible to fix baldness once you’ve reached these stages, but that’s not necessarily true.
While it’s certainly easier to stop hair loss in its earlier stages, there are treatments out there that can still work.
All you need to do is meet with a hair loss professional who can steer you in the right direction.
You’d be surprised how much your health (and even mental health!) plays a role in hair loss.
Your hair thrives on various vitamins and minerals typically found in fruits and vegetables. When you don’t give your hair what it needs, you weaken it and make it prone to falling out. Stress also plays a role in hair loss by exacerbating male pattern baldness, so make sure to stay relaxed and healthy.
Baldness doesn’t have to be your reality. There are various treatments out there which have been successful with the majority of men, and are likely to be successful with you as well.
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