If you’ve started to notice signs of hair loss at the hairline or crown of your head, you are most likely experiencing Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), otherwise known as Androgenetic Alopecia, a very common condition affecting 30% of men before the age of 30.
Men can develop early signs of Male Pattern Baldness as early as their teen years. The condition can be boiled down to a fascinating and complex relationship between hormones and genetics.
Relax, you’re in good hands. We’re here to explain what Male Pattern Baldness is, what the initial warning signs are, and how it can be treated.
The hormone which plays a huge role in Male Pattern Baldness is Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT plays a vital role in developing key characteristics as we grow up, including a deep voice and growing facial hair.
If we’re going to get all scientific, DHT is made as a byproduct of testosterone through the 5a-Reductase enzyme, an enzyme that works to turn testosterone into DHT in certain areas of the body.
Depending on your genetics, DHT binds to receptors located within hair follicles on your scalp, causing them to shrink, weaken, and stop producing new strong and healthy hairs. Eventually, this can lead to baldness.
Your genes influence the extent to which DHT affects your hair follicles. It’s different for everybody.
Don’t be afraid to ask your relatives about hair loss. It’s a really common problem that men face, and so shouldn’t be a taboo topic. If you have older relatives, like grandparents, ask what their experience with hair loss was like, and see how far back down your family tree you can go.
We would suggest taking a look at family photos to see how prevalent baldness is within the men on both sides of your family. If hair loss in your family is common, the chances are that you may also experience hair loss.
If you think you may be experiencing the early signs, take a look at our ‘Early Signs Of MPB’ blog.
Treating hair loss is best done sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, the later you leave it to progress, the trickier it will be to regrow new hairs. It’s important to know that hair regrowth isn’t always guaranteed with any treatments, no matter what different brands tell you. Hair regrowth is more of a bonus to receiving treatment.
There are a variety of DHT blocking shampoos, natural home remedies and other alternative treatments available these days, however, there are certain drugs which have shown to produce genuine great results and reverse hair loss for those with MPB – and luckily, also very affordable.
Finasteride is widely known to produce successful results. It can be taken orally in a tablet form, or applied directly to the source of hair loss in a topical form, like the treatment offered by Unthin. Finasteride is known to stop the conversion of Testosterone into DHT. Essentially, it works to protect your hair follicles from the effects of DHT.
Minoxidil is another key drug used for hair loss. It is a topical solution applied directly to the scalp and works to dilate the blood vessels around hair follicles and deliver more nutrients to them, increasing the hairs in size and causing them to thicken.
Unthin takes the best parts of Finasteride and Minoxidil and combines them to make the most effective solution. Our simple, grease free and odourless head spray is easily applied and won’t give your hair that greasy, wet look that some other solutions are guilty of providing.
You might have noticed that other treatments provide Finasteride in a tablet form which has been found to produce adverse side effects for some men. Unthin is not ingested and is directly applied to the source, meaning the potential side effects are minimal and the treatment has an increased success rate.
Our hair grows on average around 1cm per month, so as you can imagine, regrowth takes time. Like we said, hair regrowth should be considered as a bonus to receiving treatment. For many, you’ll notice a gradual thickening of your existing hair that can drastically improve your look.
Once you start treatment, it is quite common to notice some fine hairs shedding to make way for new thicker and fuller hairs, so don’t panic if you begin to lose hair within the first few months. This is a necessary and natural part of your hair cycle – we’re just accelerating things to kickstart your journey to a fuller head of hair.
When using Unthin daily, you can expect to see initial results after 3 months, and a very noticeable effect after 6 months. Of course, everybody has a different head of hair, so your mileage may vary.
Keep going. Keep growing.
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