A recent study undertaken in Singapore yielded some surprising damning results for the follically challenged: the study conducted by a dating app called Paktor was conducted amongst over two and a half thousand women, with the aim of discovering which traits were most desirable when looking for a partner. A whopping two thirds of survey participants said that they found balding or bald men ‘a turn off’. Ouch.
This is bad news if you’re a man living in Singapore, as it has been reported that as many as one in five men have visited their doctor with concerns about hair loss. Men in this region are reported to find the condition very concerning and detrimental to their self esteem.
Luckily, in the Western world, this is not the perception at all, in fact, although it does not often come out top in preferred hair styles, it is widely recognised that some men can pull off the look very effectively.
Handsome and hair less
There are many men in the worlds of TV, film and music who have really embraced a shaven head; notable examples include Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Billy Zane and Michael Jordan. In fact, they would argue that aside from sporting a ‘tough-guy’ look, there are also many tangible benefits too.
The bathroom is uncontested as your territory. They won’t be spending hours grooming unruly locks in front of the bathroom mirror, nor will they clog up the bathroom plug hole. Not only that, you know exactly what you’re getting in the morning. There will be no crazy bed-head styles greeting you in the morning. If you’re dating a man with a shaven or bald head, you know exactly what you’ll be waking up to the next morning.
Flipping this to consider the male perspective, there are a plethora of reasons you could be experiencing hair loss, so before jumping to conclusions, it is always advisable to seek medical advice. One of the most common causes is a condition known as male pattern baldness, which is a hereditary infliction relating to an underlying predisposition to particular hormones in the body. Men with this condition have a greater sensitivity to a by-product of the hormone testosterone, which is called dihydrotestesterone (often shortened to DHT). If you are noticing a gradual thinning of your hair and a hairline that is creeping backwards, there is a good chance that you are suffering from this type of hair loss. The condition is widespread, with reports suggesting that as many as 70% of men will be affected by this at some point during their lives, with some starting as young as their early 20s.
If you are experiencing more alarming hair loss, falling in clumps and leaving oval patches on the head, then this is most likely to be a different condition known as ‘alopecia areata’. This is an auto immune problem, whereby the immune system takes objection to the hair follicles, and attacks them, believing them to be an invading threat to the body. The attack causes the hair follicles to shrink and the hair falls out.
These conditions are just two of many types of hair loss concerns, and the triggers are vast. Some can be triggered as a result of stress, hormonal imbalance, over styling, diet or other environmental factors, so the best thing to do if you have any concerns at all is to seek a medical opinion. With many types of hair loss, the sooner you take action, the greater the chance is that you will be able to help combat the cause.
For those worried about hair loss and the impact on their attractiveness, scalp micropigmentation or SMP is a highly effective hair loss treatment that has given confidence to countless men suffering from male pattern baldness. Take a look at the HisHair video gallery and hear about the beneficial impact of SMP has had for many of our satisfied patients.