First, let’s set the facts straight. Hair loss actually has nothing to do with losing hair. “It’s a misnomer,” says Washington D.C.-based dermatologist Terrence Keaney, M.D. and the founder of W for Men (the world’s first clinical practice dedicated to male dermatology). “Male-patterned androgenetic alopecia is the progressive miniaturization of the hair follicles. Eventually, the hair follicles are so small that they do not provide coverage of the scalp skin, leading to a ‘bald’ scalp.” So rather than losing hair, or not growing new hair, you just grow progessively thinner, lighter-colored hair. It’s also important to note that the culprits vary, and can include “genetic predisposition, sensitivity to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and shortened growth (anagen) phase of the hair follicle.”
Going forward, we’ll still use the term “hair loss”—hey, it’s way easier than saying male-patterned androgenetic alopecia—but now you know exactly what we mean. Here, we share four proven ways to combat and treat those fading follicles.