Hair grows in almost all parts of the human body though in some places they are not so noticeable. The hair is made up of different parts and hair growth depends on the thickness and thinness of the follicles. According to experts hair growth starts at the follicles which is why it is considered the living part of the hair.
Hair in animals are called fur and their thickness is made up for a reason. Fur in animals functions as clothing for cold weather and even a camouflage for enemies. In humans, they also serve the same purpose but a more subtle level. Human hair can also serve as cover for ultraviolet rays and heat. Hair, in humans, can be their crowning glory and a point of distinction. People are often recognized by the length, color or texture of the hair. They can be easily recognized if they have long hair, more so when they lack it.
Hair loss in humans is uncommon but not rare, though the reason for hair loss is still under study it is not an unfamiliar problem. According to medical research, men and women will experience hair loss or baldness in their lifetime. However in the United States, alopecia account for 95% of male pattern baldness in men. Statistics reveal that at least 35% of men in their 30’s will experience some form of baldness while at least 85% in their 50’s. In a more serious condition, 25% of men in their 20’s will experience severe baldness.
What Causes Baldness in Men?
While there are cases where women suffer baldness, it is in the genetic makeup of men that makes them more prone to baldness.
Science tells us that hair grows in different cycles:
- First is the anagen phase, where hair growth is more common. It can last for two to eight years and the best example of this phase occurs in the head.
- The catagen phase can last for up to two to three weeks and the reason for this is shrinking of the follicles
- The last phase, called the Telogen phase, is when the hair rests. This phase can last for two to four months.
There are probably more reason for hair loss in men than in women, however there are countless treatment available today. For those avoiding surgery, topical creams and lotions are available. One medical breakthrough for treatment of baldness in men is Minoxidil. This is a drug that is used to treat high blood pressure and approved by the Food and Drug Administration FDA. Researchers have not yet confirmed the long term results of this product though many have seen its effect in short term periods.
To have a more effective and long term result, experts advise on more invasive treatment such as transplant or implants. Hair transplants is a surgical technique that transfers hair follicles to a different part of the body where hair is thin. Other non invasive treatments include hair implants where hair is inserted in the scalp through a needle. This is normally an outpatient treatment and not as painful. There are also other treatments available, experts advice on researching what works best for you.