Frontal balding or receding hairline is the most common pattern of hair loss being observed in men above their 30’s. Linked to the common hair loss issue of male pattern balding, frontal balding is also known as the widow’s peak or frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA). This nightmarish pattern of hair loss negatively affects the appearance of a person while causing embarrassment and reducing their confidence. It is the first stage of male pattern baldness and the initial indicator of hair thinning.
It is characterized by loss of hair from the scalp edging the forehead and sometimes from the eyebrows and the armpits too. This problem is generally known to occur due hormonal changes or auto immune response generated in the body and even because of genetic factors. If your parents had FFA there is a 60-70% chance if you will be having it. This undesirable issue can however be treated and slowed down through medical, clinical and therapeutic procedures, therapies and treatments. A healthy lifestyle and proper diet is also essential to combat this hair loss issue.
General hair loss is caused by various factors. Unhealthy diet and lifestyle, physiological and psychological stress, improper hair care etiquette, hormonal change, scalp infection, genetic factors,illness and medications etc cause hair fall.
However, hormonal changes in the body and scalp and genetic factors are known to be prime cause for male pattern baldness. The male hormone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT is an androgen that is majorly responsible for frontal balding. DHT is responsible for development of manly attributes in males. A very small percentage of DHT is also found in women. Increased level of this hormone in women also causes development of androgynous male secondary sex characteristics, like facial hair, while also prompting sudden hair fall.
DHT gets attached to the androgen receptors present in the dermal papilla of the hair follicles and inhibits the proper hair growth. This androgen prevents efficient absorption of growth nutrients from the blood by the papilla. This consequently restricts the optimal nourishment of the hair and stops the growth of the hair shaft. Increased level of DHT hormone in the scalp is genetically programmed to cause miniaturising or shrinkage of the hair follicles. This hampers the creation of new hair follicles thereby leading to reduced hair growth, thinning and loss of hair due to follicle degradation. Thus regulating the levels of DHT in the body and restricting the androgen reception by the hair follicles is essential in solving problem of frontal baldness.
Maintaining an appropriate lifestyle, healthy diet and remaining stress free by practicing yoga and meditation can help to naturally tackle the general hair loss issue and FFA problem. Boosting the immune system and keeping illnesses at bay is prerequisite for healthy hair. Use of hot hair treatments, styling tools, chemicals and stressful and tight hairstyling should be avoided as these easily cause the frontal hair to fall easily. Dandruff and other scalp infections along with scalp dehydration leads to blockage of hair follicles by excess sebum and scalp built up. This leads to insufficient nourishment of the hair which causes weakening of the hair root and eventually loss of hair. Hence one should use anti dandruff shampoos and treatments, like nizoral and head & shoulders, to cleanse the scalp and keep it infection free.
Hormonal levels should be regulated and controlled in the body and frontal hair loss treated by use of medicinal drugs, treatments and surgeries like:
Techniques like scalp flab, hair transplant, FUE treatment, hair growth and restructuring have been used to deal with the frontal hair loss issue. It is an expensive treatment and should only be resorted to on recommendation of a doctor in case of chronic FFA.
This topical lotion or foam needs to be rubbed on the affected region of the scalp every day. This rub on treatment is best to stop and prevent hair loss and to further delay balding. It also promotes regrowth of hair. Favourable results are visible 4 months after the start of the treatment. This is an expensive treatment and hence should be resorted to only on the advice of a doctor or a medical practitioner.
This medicine works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone of DHT. The decrease in the level of DHT thus positively affects the pores to expand back to their normal size and therefore strengthen the hair and prevents hair loss. Consuming 1 tablet of finastride each day helps to stop hair loss and promote regrowth of hair. The effect of this medicine is observed 4 months after starting the medication process while it can take upto 2 year for full hair growth to occur.
There are some foods which reduce the effects of DHT :