The subject of thinning hair is a hot topic for men of all ages but particularly when a man is over 40, thinning hair and hair loss may become more noticeable and many men feel that this is the time to seek advice.
For some men hair loss over time is seen as an inevitable part of the aging process and they are not troubled by it.
Some men are happy to shave their heads or simply live with thinner hair.
For others however, thinning hair can be extremely distressing and cause loss of confidence.
If thinning hair over 40 is a problem that concerns you, this article will explain what you can do to improve the condition of your hair.
What Causes Thinning Hair?
There are several causes of hair loss in men including:
• Reaction to certain medications
• Thyroid disorders
• Iron deficiency
• Fungal scalp disease
• Male pattern baldness
Male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia as it is sometimes referred to be the main cause of thinning hair in men over 40 and is extremely common.
The condition is usually inherited and begins with hair loss around the temples progressing to thinning hair at the crown of the head.
This condition can begin as early as the teenage years in some men and quite often when a man is still in his 20s or 30s.
However over 40 and beyond is the time when many men notice a more visible change to their hair.
Male pattern thinning is caused by a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes the hair follicles to produce hairs that are progressively thinner.
Eventually the affected hair follicles stop working altogether and hair will no longer grow.
Men who develop this type of hair loss have a genetic sensitivity to DHT and this is why some men are affected while others aren’t.
Can I Stop Thinning Hair?
If there is a temporary cause for hair loss such as stress or iron deficiency then it is possible to halt the process with supplements or lifestyle changes. However male pattern hair loss is more difficult to treat.
There are many ‘miracle’ products for thinning hair advertised that promise to halt or reverse male pattern hair thinning but these need careful investigation as some will be successful and others will only serve to waste your time and money.
That said there is much you can do to disguise thinning hair if this problem is causing you concern and embarrassment. And there are natural solutions available that can help you to restore your hair back to its best.
Hair Care Tips For Thinning Hair
Many people make jokes about hair loss but the problem can be distressing and lead to feelings of low self-esteem and self-consciousness.
If you are experiencing thinning hair you may want to try out the following tips below to help disguise the problem and regain control of this troubling condition.
1. Find A Good Hair Stylist
A good hair stylist who understands the problems of thinning hair in the over 40s is worth their weight in gold!
Finding the right hair stylist can be a matter of trial and error but could make all the difference.
Many men when trying to combat the problem of thinning hair make the mistake of trying to recreate the hairstyle they have always had.
But a change of style that suits your hair as it is now could be a good solution and a good hair stylist should be able to advise you.
2. Choose The Right Style
Many men over 40 try to grow their existing hair longer to counteract the problem, they then slick it back over areas that are thinning such as the crown of the head from the front or from one side – in what is commonly ridiculed as the ‘comb-over.’
In an attempt to disguise the problem they may in fact be drawing more attention to it by doing so.
Shaving the hair as closely as possible to the scalp may be a better option but not everyone can carry off this ‘tough’ look.
Certainly if you work in an office it may not feel like the right look for you, however it is worth a try as close crops do grow out relatively quickly.
3. Try Hair Volumizing Products
There are many products on the market such as shampoos, conditioners, mousses and hair lotions that can add volume to your hair.
It’s important to do a bit of research on these however as some may be costly, ineffectual or both.
A good product will add temporary volume to your hair and can help if your hair looks flat and thin.
Most of these products will not have a lasting effect however; it is also possible that you hair will eventually become ‘used to’ the product and over a period of time the results may not be as good as they were in the beginning.
It may therefore be necessary to incorporate a few different volumizing hair products into your hair care regime.
Good volumizing products will not weigh your hair down.
They are usually applied to the roots of the hair when wet and if you blow dry your hair (some people blow dry their hair with their head upside down to increase the effects) will build volume.
Choose texturizing mousses, sprays and lotions as heavy creams and gels stick too much of your hair together and will reveal more scalp.
4. Experiment With Color
Contrary to popular belief coloring your hair will not cause further hair loss if your hair is in a good and healthy condition.
Over processing the hair with color and heat can cause dryness and hair breakage, which will affect the overall look of your hair, but hair color treatments do not cause hair to fall out.
Semi-permanent color is particularly gentle, as it does not contain any peroxide or ammonia although permanent color should pose no problem if you hair is healthy.
Color can add body and volume to fine hair and is therefore useful when it comes to disguising thinning hair.
5. Investigate Natural Solutions To Thinning Hair
Much advice given on the subject of hair loss can only provide a temporary fix.
If you are looking for something more permanent understanding the cause of your hair loss is vital.
If you fully understand the process of hair loss it may be possible that you can see certain parts of your lifestyle that could be contributing to your thinning hair.
The Hair Loss Black Book is a valuable tool that explains hair loss in detail, looks at the scientific facts and gives you all the tools you’ll need to successfully tackle the problem of thinning hair.