You've probably heard the old wives' tales. Chronic masturbation will make you bald. Heard it? Check. Wearing baseball caps will make you bald. Heard that one? Check. You get baldness from your mother's father. Sound familiar? Yup. Have you followed all the myths, hoping that you can escape hair loss in men and you're still losing your hair? Bear with me, there's help on the way.
Now, to all the guys reading this article who have a full head of hair and are feeling privileged because you've got your locks and believe that you're superior because you've lucked out in the gene pool, read this:
Because chances are it will be gone by age 50.
That is correct. Some guys start earlier. Twenty-five per cent of North American men begin losing their hair by 21. Roughly two-thirds of men begin experiencing hair loss by age 35. And the kicker. Eighty-five per cent of guys are experiencing hair loss by age 50. Did that get your attention?
Maybe you'll just lose some. Not all guys go completely bald. But ask any guy who's experienced hair loss and they'll tell you, it sucks. The looks you get from other guys, the feelings around women, the comments, the family reunions, the pictures.
But enough doom and gloom. Because there is help on the way. We're not talking about wigs here. No embarrassing comb-overs. If you're comfortable shaving your head, go for it. But if you don't like the idea of shearing it off (and truth be told, most guys can't pull it off like Jason Statham), there are two things you need to know to keep your hair.
The first rule is, any hair loss prevention technique you employ must address the leading cause of hair loss in men. That leading cause is dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. While it is true there are other factors that can cause hair loss, including stress, medications and illness, 95% of North American guys who lose their hair lose it because DHT attacks their hair follicles in a process called follicle miniaturization, which true to its name, is when the follicles get smaller and smaller until they're gone.
The second rule to keeping your hair is, deal with it quick. As a general rule, it's easier to maintain your existing hair than it is to grow hair that's gone. If you can see your scalp, that means you're undergoing the process, but your hair follicles are still alive. Once your hair is completely gone, the follicles in that area are dead.
Now, what can you do about this? Assuming you don't want Mother Nature to be your barber, you need a hair restoration process. You've heard of Rogaine and Propecia. Rogaine initially looked promising with its ability to maintain hair, but it does not address the issue of excessive DHT. Propecia does tackle the DHT imbalance, but it comes with some nasty side effects, including impotence and an inability to maintain an erection. What's worse, new studies are suggesting these side effects are irreversible. Yikes.
So here's the of the situation: almost every man in North America will experience hair loss by age 50. To keep your hair you need a hair restoration process that addresses the cause of almost all hair loss in men, DHT. You need to address your hair loss while you still have your hair, which means statistically between ages 21 and 50, and you need a solution that doesn't have punishing, and permanent, side effects, because you'd like to have sex again. Solutions? There is one.
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