The most common form of hair loss is androgenic alopecia, which is a hereditary condition. This means that to a certain extent it’s always been possible to predict at least the potential for hair loss. It’s not been an exact science though and there are still myths perpetuated, even now that male pattern baldness can be predicted based upon genes inherited from your mother’s father.
Adrogenic alopecia – dependent on genes from both parents
The truth is that that the condition is actually dependent on a combination of inherited genes from both parents. Of course, the likelihood of premature baldness is more likely if there’s a history of it in the family but there’s no guarantees either way.
According to an article in GQ online, Recent research into the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on hair follicle has discovered a link between the body’s sensitivity to the hormone and the likelihood of premature balding. Because susceptibility to the hormone can be deduced from the DNA it’s now possible to produce a reasonably accurate prediction of hair loss by taking a swab of saliva from inside the cheek.
Shave the lot off and go for SMP
That’s great in so far as it goes but what next if the indication is positive? Fortunately, there are a number of approaches to the problem these days from compounds like finasteride to hair transplants. One increasingly popular option is to simply accept the inevitable, shave the lot off and opt for Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP).
More and more men are turning to the treatment which creates a truly incredible illusion of real hair, styled into a buzz cut. Over two to three sessions a skilled practitioner (some call themselves artists) carefully injects organic inks into the scalp as microdots, creating a clean cut, layered buzz look. In most cases close family, friends and work colleagues can’t distinguish it from the real thing. Even better, it doesn’t cost the earth and has virtually zero recovery time.
If you want to find out more about this and other hair loss treatments then call His Hair Clinic on 0845 359 2924 for a free consultation.