Hair loss is a common problem for men and women alike as they get older, although it is a condition more commonly associated with men. Linked to testosterone levels and androgenetic alopecia, it follows that men are more affected because they have higher levels of testosterone.
How Does Hair Loss Happen?
An average human head has 100,000 hair follicles. The body does not form any new follicles following birth. When testosterone converts into DHT, a molecule responsible for shrinking hair follicles, hair loss is the result.
In men, the thinning hair often forms an M-shape, is more commonly referred to as male-pattern baldness. In women, the thinning is rather more uniform across the scalp but rarely results in total baldness.
How Common Is The Problem?
Everyone loses hair, usually in the region of 50-100 hairs daily. Losing 150 or more every day for any length of time could be an indication of something else and would be considered significant loss. Male pattern baldness is a widespread condition, estimated to affect up to one in three men, with as many as two in three experiencing some degree of hair loss before the age of 40. One in four will be affected by their 21st birthday. The hairline starts to recede and hair is lost at the crown. In later stages, the hair left is in a U-shape or horseshoe pattern around the base of the head.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition and the gene can be passed from either parent. It is by far the most common cause of hair loss for men, responsible in 95% of cases. Hormones are generally responsible and, over time, as the hair follicles shrink, the hair’s growing cycle shortens, which leads to the hair becoming thinner and shorter until eventually there is no re-growth.
What Can Be Done To Prevent It?
Despite hair loss being a very common condition, many men still prefer to treat their hair and try to restore the lost growth. There have been a variety of old wives’ tales for many years suggesting ways in which to prevent hair loss or encourage re-growth. Thankfully, there are now medicated products that will give you a far better success rate.
Scientists have discovered a breakthrough compound, Aminexil®, that is clinically proven to help hair re-grow. Other than Minoxidil, it is the only molecule with any degree of proven clinical success. Spectral DNC®is new to the market; a medicated product that includes both Aminexil and Minoxidil. The Minoxidil is top quality, research grade, which makes up 5% of the product and is combined with a careful mix of vitamins and minerals, copper peptides and Retinol.
Retinol is a form of vitamin A, known for its properties in maintaining healthy skin and hair. It is produced by the body, but is now available commercially as its benefits are more widely understood.
All the active ingredients are combined into a technologically advanced form – nanosomes – which are essentially very small micro-spheres.