Male pattern hair loss is hereditary and caused by the person inheriting “hair loss genes”. In men, genes can come from one or both parents and if they are passed down from either side, the man is likely to experience balding. Scientists believe baldness anywhere in your family may be a sign of your own impending fate.
Hair loss can happen at any age and 30% of males in their thirties are bald, whilst 50% of men by the age of 50 are bald. In its extreme form, some males start to lose their hair at the age of sixteen and are almost entirely bald by the time they reach their early twenties.
To some extent, this is true. Studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2008 found that men who lose their hair at the crown have a 40% increased chance of coronary heart disease and a receding hairline points to an increased risk of 28%. So if you have male pattern baldness you should stop smoking, eat healthily, have your blood pressure checked and do regular appropriate exercise.
Sometimes stress can play a role in diffuse loss. Stress-induced loss ordinarily regrows within a year of eliminating the cause.
Stress because your late for work or have a heavy work load is not going to affect your body in such a way to cause your hair to fall out.
Stressors which could cause your body to undergo hair loss include;
- A strict low calorie diet
- Prolonged severe emotional stress
- Severe illness
- High fever
- Major surgery
- Severe infections
How you style your hair, along with the styling tools you use can cause significant damage to your hair and in some cases hair loss.
Years of wearing your hair in a style that pulls on the hair such as a ponytail and braids can cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia.
Products such as gels, hair sprays, bleaching, colouring as well as ironing and blow drying can tend to cause the hair to break in some circumstances however they do not cause male pattern baldness.
This is true. Extreme heat will damage the proteins in the hair. They will become brittle making them making liable to break off rather than coming out at the root.
This is incorrect. Running a brush or comb too hard through your hair puts a lot of physical stress on the hair fibre and can cause the hair to break. To improve circulation in the scalp, massage it with your fingers.
Hair does not breathe. The only part of the hair that is alive and taking oxygen, is the part that is attached to the scalp and it receives all the oxygen it needs from the blood supply. Wigs, toupees and hats can cause problems but only through being too tight and causing breakage through friction.
Washing your hair does not increase hair loss.
The actual act of shampooing, building it up into a lather, you might be rubbing your head more vigorously, so you’re actually just dislodging hairs that are on their way out or have fallen out, and are just kind of stuck in your hair. So, in fact, you’re not losing more hair, you’re just washing them out more effectively as part of the natural growth cycle.
The growing part of the hair is buried under the scalp and so is not affected by the act of washing.
The proteins contained within conditioners and shampoos only temporarily fill in defects on the surface of the hair shaft, making it smoother and thicker. Since these proteins do not and cannot get to the hair follicle itself, they cannot “nourish” the hair nor can they encourage its growth.
Ketoconazole and caffeine are the only ingredients that have small clinical trials providing evidence they may be beneficial in male pattern hair loss (MPHL).
Ketoconazole (Nizoral) 2% which is an anti-fungal medication is believed to work due to its intrinsic anti-inflammatory effect. Sometimes inflammation plays a significant role in typical male pattern baldness
It is also believed to exhibit an anti-androgen effect – it can potentially block the effects of DHT, the major hormone involved in MPHL. Studies have shown benefit using a 2% shampoo 2-4 times per week.
Caffeine is thought to work in cells by promoting proliferation of cells by stimulating cell metabolism – a mechanism which would counteract testosterone/DHT induced miniturisation of the hair follicle.
Small studies suggest using a shampoo or other topical treatment containing Caffeine used daily can result in a decrease in hair loss and improved hair and scalp conditions.
Both Ketoconazole and caffeine may be beneficial as an adjunct treatment for MPHL.
Any other shampoos claiming they work for thinning hair do nothing other than fatten the existing hair follicles, giving the illusion of thicker hair. While this can be very useful, it should not be confused with actually helping stop or reverse thinning hair.
HARLEY THE HAIR HERO PROGRAM
The Harley program involves taking our online consult so we can assess your concerns with losing hair and decide if a medical treatment is appropriate for you.
If appropriate one of our doctors will write a prescription to be dispensed at our partner pharmacy which is then dispatched directly to your address of choice.
In certain cases a phone or video call may be required to ensure we offer you the most appropriate treatment.
Whilst on the Harley program you have unlimited online support via phone, email and web chat.
Visible differences can be seen at the 3-4 month mark of treatment, especially when comparing photographs.
However, some people will experience “shedding” within the first 4-6 weeks of treatment for 2-3 weeks as the new hair essentially pushes out some of the old. Most of the gains are seen in the second 6 months of treatment with the maximum increase in hair count occurring at 12 months so Harley recommends being patient and waiting a full 12 months to realise your gains.
The Harley Hair Hero program offers the most effective medical treatment combinations available. With this being said medical treatment does have its limitations. We may be able to bring your hair back to the density you had two to three years ago and prevent further hair loss. That’s why it is important you act as soon as possible when you notice your hair loss.
I have tried several hair loss products over the years, will the Harley the Hair Hero program be any better?
The success of the Harley treatment programs is a result of using medical treatments with strong clinical evidence to support their use. Coupled with our ongoing support we will ensure we find the most suitable treatment for you.
We suggest you email or call us to discuss the differences between your current treatment and Harley the Hair Hero programs.
No, our programs are based on pharmaceuticals supported with robust clinical evidence. Unfortunately, there are no studies showing effectiveness of natural products to reverse or stop the progression of male pattern hair loss.
Combination treatment programs start from $75 per month. Our programs are dispatched with 3 month supply so the minimum investment is $225 if paying by monthly instalments. Payment options are 3 monthly instalments of $75 or a single up front payment of $213.75 (save 5%).
The price includes assessment, prescription fee (valid for 12 months) and unlimited ongoing support with our practitioners via phone, email and web chat.
No contracts and no sneaky “extra” costs.
If paying via monthly instalments for your 3 month supply you are expected to pay all 3 instalments.
Orders can be cancelled at any time without charge providing the products have not been dispatched already.
Note: Repeat orders will not be dispatched without ample communication via email and text.
Outside of our 90 day money back guarantee, we are legally not able to exchange or refund a medicine once it has left the pharmacy due to storage and handling reasons.
However, should the product you receive be faulty for any reason we will send you a replacement as soon as the goods are returned to us.
Our packages are in three month lots so this is the minimum order quantity.
Once you start the program our team will be in contact to make sure you never run out of treatment. However, should you need your treatment supplied earlier than normal due to travel or other circumstances you can send us an email or pick up the phone and we will dispatch your next treatment within 24hrs.