by Viviscal Hair Expert, originally posted on November 19th, 2013
40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by the age of 35 and 65% by the age of 60
The Sunday Times Style magazine recently printed some surprising statistics about male hair loss, figures which Style’s resident hair expert, John Vital, finds particularly alarming when there are now more ways than ever to slow hair loss or even stop it in its tracks.
6.5m men experience hair loss in Britain alone; 40% of them will have noticeable hair loss by the age of 35 and 65% by the age of 60.
Causes of hair loss in men:
The article explains that hair loss in men, or specifically male-pattern baldness, is caused by an inherited sensitivity to male hormones in the hair follicles – the more testosterone a man produces the more likely he is to find that it is having a negative impact on his hair growth. The male body releases an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a hormone which essentially attacks the base of the hair follicle.
According to Style magazine, every man starts out with 100,000 – 150,000 hairs with each individual hair living for three to six years. If the average follicle produces approx. 25 hairs in a lifetime then this should mean that the average man should keep most of his hair for 75 years! In some cases, however, DHT speeds up the cycles, shortening the lifespan of hair – the set number of cycles makes it important to take action once this process begins!
For men who have already started to see their hair thinning, it may be desirable to disguise thinning patches. As recommended by Style magazine, Viviscal Volumising Hair Fibres, provide an interim cover-up solution to conceal thinning hair and add volume to fine hair. Easy to apply, each ultra fine fibre made with keratin has an electrostatic coating which binds to the hair shaft building density to create the appearance of thick fuller-looking hair in seconds.