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Are Short Men More Likely to Bald Prematurely?

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Why do shorter men go bald more often?


Short men may have an increased risk of becoming bald prematurely. An international genetic study under the leadership of the University of Bonn at least points in this direction. During the study, the scientists investigated the genetic material of more than 20,000 men. Their data show that premature hair loss is linked to a range of various physical characteristics and illnesses. The work has now been published in Nature Communications.


It has already long been known that men with premature hair loss suffer from heart diseases and prostate cancer somewhat more often. The new genetic data now confirm suspicions that there are further connections to other characteristics and illnesses. In their study, the researchers analyzed genetic data from around 11,000 men with premature baldness. Around 12,000 men with no hair loss served as a control. The participants came from seven different countries.

"We were thus able to identify 63 alterations in the human genome that increase the risk of premature hair loss," explains Dr. Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach. The human geneticist at the University of Bonn is one of the lead authors of the international study. "Some of these alterations were also found in connection with other characteristics and illnesses, such as reduced body size, earlier occurrence of puberty and various cancers."

The genetic findings thus also confirm the link between hair loss and an increased risk of prostate cancer. The link with heart disease is much more complicated. Genes that reduce the risk were found along with genes that increase the risk.

"We have also found links to light skin color and increased bone density," explains Prof. Markus Nöthen, Director of the Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Bonn. "These could indicate that men with hair loss are better able to use sunlight to synthesize vitamin D. They could also explain why white men in particular lose their hair prematurely."

What's more, the study offers new insights into the biological causes of hair loss by identifying the genes involved. Immune and fat cells in the scalp are obviously also involved in hair loss along with the cells of the hair follicle.

No cause for concern

However, which molecular mechanisms underlie the links between premature hair loss and other illnesses is only understood to a certain extent. The future aim will be to analyze these links and the signal paths involved in detail.

"However, men with premature hair loss do not need to be concerned," reassured Prof. Nöthen. "The risks of illness are only increased slightly. It is, however, exciting to see that hair loss is by no means an isolated characteristic, but instead displays various relationships with other characteristics."

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How HR23+ Supplement Helped Me Prevent Hair Loss


This is How HR23+ Helped Prevent Shedding and Thinning Hair


By Ariana Davies, age 37.

I guess I have always had thin hair since the day I can remember.  As a little girl, I always used to envy other girls at school for having such long and thick locks.  My hair always seemed very thin in comparison to theirs, but my mother always used to tell me it would grow faster and thicken up over time.  I never really did though.

I sort of accepted the fact I was destined to have thin strands for the rest of my life, and to be honest, once I got used to the idea, I wasn't all that bothered about it.  Yes, I had thin hair, but it was not patchy, and I certainly didn't suffer from any form of shedding or hair loss, so it really could have been worse... so I later discovered.

My partner and I met when we were at university, and we have been together ever since.  We married just over ten years ago, and from the beginning, our plan was to have a family.  I was pregnant with our first child at 27, and so my husband and I were both ready for the next exciting step in our lives.  The thing is, I wasn't quite ready for what was to happen next...

During pregnancy, I started to notice my hair getting awfully thin - and I mean thinner than it usually looked. I wasn't panicking at the time as I knew this was something that could occur as a result of being pregnant.  Also, I wasn't shedding any hair at this point, so I continued with my life and stayed optimistic about the future.

In the aftermath of giving birth to our beautiful son, I did start to notice even more drastic changes in my hair.  It was getting even thinner, and severe shedding had begun.  I was mortified, so I went to see a specialist immediately.  He told me this was perfectly normal in many women after giving birth, and that there were treatments that could help minimise the effects of the shedding.  So, I took his recommendations and used a varied range of hair loss treatments over the next couple of years, from shampoos, creams and pills, to laser brushes and derma-rolling devices. You name it, I tried it, and none of it worked.

So, six months after my pregnancy, I did notice much less shedding, and even though my hair was still very thin, it certainly wasn't as bad as it was during the weeks right after I gave birth.  I had come off breastfeeding at this point, so maybe this had something to do with the improvement of my hair.  However, I still wasn't happy with my locks, and I was always looking for treatments that could be effective for me.  I constantly lived in hope.

I found myself pregnant again at the age of 30, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about my strands, based on my previous experience during and after pregnancy. But, I tried to put any negative thoughts to the back of my head, in order to focus on a healthy pregnancy.  So I did, but as my pregnancy went on, the problem came back - and this time it was much worse!

About 7 months into my pregnancy I noticed quite severe shedding - something that hadn't occurred previously until I had given birth. I started to panic, and I went to see the specialist right away, hoping there was something he could give me that would rid these symptoms before they really got out of hand.  Unfortunately, as I painfully suspected, there was nothing new in what he told me, and all he could do was recommend the same treatments as the last time - either that or I could consider hair surgery, which I was not particularly keen on, and something I would really struggle to afford anyway.

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Our second son was born and the shedding continued right up to the point when I stopped breastfeeding. The shedding then slowed down, but my hair looked pretty awful.  It was thinner than it had ever been before, I was was pretty mortified.  I found myself looking at wigs online, and even though I never purchased one, I came pretty close at times.  I was just so embarrassed about my thin hair - I hated it so much.

In the years since giving birth to our two boys, I tried a few treatments that helped my hair to a certain extent. I found minoxidil 2% solution to be OK for the slight prevention of hair fall,but it was nothing revolutionary.  I also tried Viviscal tablets for a good two years, of which I was generally quite happy with, but again, my hair still looked very thin.

In my spare time I was always looking for something that could help me, and I constantly found myself on hair loss forums and advice websites, hoping someone had found an amazing treatment that could potentially solve my crisis!  Unfortunately that was not to be, but it was comforting knowing there were other women out there who had the same problem as me, and that I wasn't alone.

As I said, I was using Viviscal tablets for a couple of years, and during that time I was really keen to find a topical serum to use in conjunction with the tablets.  I tried a few different brands including LA Science and Foligain, but neither were particularly effective for me.  Then I stumbled across an intriguing serum by HR23+ that contained a wide blend of ingredients including the very potent KGF (Keratinocyte Growth Factor) with saw palmetto.  This looked by far the most appealing serum I had come across, so I checked out their website for more information.

I'd never heard of HR23+ before, but it turns out they also had a hair supplement designed for men and women who are trying to counteract baldness and thinning hair.  After reading the positive customer reviews, I found myself tempted by both products, so I wrote to them via email and basically told them my story.  I asked them what they would recommend for me and if they had any discounts going, as the products are very expensive.

To my delight, they responded and offered me a free bottle of the supplement to try for a trial period of four weeks - such was their confidence in their product.  I also asked about the serum, but they said it was not essential. Only the supplement was needed. So, within 24 hours my bottle arrived and I started taking it straight away.  This meant I stopped using Viviscal.

After only a few weeks of using HR23+ supplement, I noticed far less shedding, and there were already new hairs sprouting up at my temples, which my hairdresser actually noticed too.  My husband commented that my hair looked much thicker than usual, and he was completely unaware that I was using this new supplement.  I deliberately didn't want him to know I was using it, so he would hopefully notice my hair naturally off his own accord.

It's not like I discovered a cure for baldness, but I did finally find something that was giving me clear results - and I never felt this good about my hair in a very long time - if ever.  I ordered some more bottles of HR23+ and I continue to take these pills to this very day.  I have been using this supplement for about two years and I can assure you it really does work.  My hair is so much thicker than it used to be, and now I do not shed at all.  Yes, my hair is still thin in comparison to most women, but I have always had thin strands, so this is very much a welcome improvement.

Being 35 at the time, I was literally on the verge of giving up.  I had tried so many treatments, many of which were doing more harm to my hair than good, and I was just emotionally drained by it all.  These HR23+ capsules have worked wonders for my hair, and I would recommend them highly to any woman who can relate to my experiences.  My friends and family have noticed huge improvements in my hair since I started taking these pills, and I can finally wear my hair down with a bit of pride and joy!  It may not be a cure for hair loss, but HR23+ is certainly the next best thing.
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How Bald Are These Tennis Players?

How Bald are the 'Big Four' of Tennis?


With another Wimbledon done and dusted, the result was never really in doubt.  Another one of the 'big four' lifted the famous gold trophy, making sure there is no confusion about which players have dominated this sport for well over a decade.  Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been incredible ambassadors for the sport of tennis, and may it long continue.

One thing is for sure, these guys aren't getting any younger, and now that they are all into their thirties, we thought we'd take a closer look at their hairlines rather than their backhands, to see how nature is treating each of them.  Here's how they rank on the Norwood Hamilton Scale...


Roger Federer

At 36 years of age, time has been pretty kind to Roger since he burst onto the tennis scene with his ponytail in the early 2000s.  Now demonstrating receding at the temples and general thinning at the frontal area of his head, we would put Federer down as Norwood 3 heading into Norwood 4.

Potential treatments?  As money is not an option, a hair transplant could be a viable solution for his stage of balding. If he wanted to avoid surgery then he could always opt for natural supplements or topical serums that help strengthen the strands in early stages of hair loss.


Rafa Nadal 

At 31, Rafa Nadal is suffering from a severe case of male pattern baldness, boarding on Norwood 5+.  Nadal has a common condition whereby the thinning occurs across the whole scalp, which is usually the main symptom of female pattern baldness.

Potential treatments?  Apparently Rafa has undergone hair transplantation in late 2016, so we should see the results of his procedure by the end of 2017. Aside from surgery, hair loss exceeding Norwood 4 is very challenging to treat. 


Andy Murray

Now 30, the twice Olympic Gold champion seemed to start the balding process earlier than both Rafa and Roger, but his condition has steadied, somewhat.  Based on his thinning at the temples and slight bald spot on his crown, we would rank Andy at around Norwood 4.

Potential treatments?  Much like Roger, Andy's balding can be treated.  We would recommend natural treatments or even hair laser therapy, coupled with a good Biotin based shampoo.


Novak Djokovic
The Serb is the youngest of the 'Big Four', but only a week younger than Andy Murray.  As far as his barnet is concerned, Novak doesn't seem to be suffering from any form of hair loss - in fact, we're pretty sure he'll get to keep his locks for good!

Some people get all the luck!

A Home Made Remedy for Treating Hair Loss

What ingredients combine well to treat baldness?


We often get asked if there is a special home-made remedy that can treat and potentially cure the effects of baldness and thinning hair.  It should be noted that there is no cure for balding, but certain ingredients combined into a remedy can indeed counter hair loss and encourage healthy hair growth.

Basing this remedy on what hair beneficiary ingredients already work, here is a topical home-made solution that should help you tackle hair loss safely, effectively and most importantly of all, on the cheap.

Argan Oil

Get yourself a glass amber 250ml dropper bottle (the amber glass helps preserve the formula), a funnel and a jug.  Add 100ml of Argan Oil base solution.  Argan Oil acts as an excellent base formula, and it is very beneficial to hair strands.

Biotin

Biotin has been called 'hair food' and rightly so since one of the effects seen most often is an increased rate of growth in the hair when taking biotin supplements on a daily basis. Add 50ml of Biotin liquid form to your jug. Biotin liquid is easily accessible from your local health store or on online.

Folic Acid

Folic acid, an essential B vitamin, is vital to the proper functioning of the human body. A deficiency in folic acid can cause a host of medical problems, including the stunting of hair growth. Be sure to add around 25ml of pure Folic Acid liquid to your formula.

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto can play a huge role in preventing hair loss. It is thought to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. This is an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), a hormone that has been found to damage hair follicles. In men, DHT is the primary contributing factor to pattern baldness, and in women, DHT is one of several possible causes of hair-loss.  So, with that said, add around 25ml of Saw Palmetto liquid to your solution.

MSM

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulphur compound that occurs naturally in some plants and foods. It is sold as a dietary supplement, and is commonly used to treat a variety of ailments. MSM has become a popular supplement for promoting fast, healthy hair growth.  Add 25ml of MSM liquid to your solution.

Collagen

Collagen helps support the functioning of hair follicles. Be sure to add 25ml of Collagen to your solution.  Collagen works well in conjunction with Biotin in supporting healthy hair growth.

Stir the 250ml solution in your jug, then fill the amber glass dropper bottle, using a funnel, with your finished solution.  Apply about 5ml of the solution onto your scalp each morning and at night.


Ready-made products to use with this solution

OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo - an excellent shampoo that can add thickness and strength to your strands.  A popular choice of product for men and women, and it can be purchased for less than £10.
HR23+ Hair Health Supplement - Add essential vitamins to your diet with this minimum-fuss supplement that can help prevent hair fall and maintain healthy hair growth.
Green Tea - Green tea is particularly known for its fat-burning properties, but it can also benefit hair growth too.  Be sure to drink plenty of green tea throughout the week.
Green Apples - Rumour has it that green apples are excellent sources of minerals for supporting healthy hair growth.  Whether it's true or not, it doesn't hurt to eat a few green apples every week.

5 Ways to Prevent Female Hair Loss

How can women prevent baldness and thinning hair?


Baldness and thinning hair is pretty soul-sapping for most people, but for women in particular.  Let's face it, no woman wants to have thin, patchy hair, therefore we've come up with a viable solution to help many women prevent hair fall and maintain a good, thick head of hair.

Now, it should be noted that these key tips will not likely cure female pattern baldness, but they can help with the problem and minimise the effects of shedding, at the very least.


1.  Know how and when to wash your hair


There are so many contradicting myths about shampooing and conditioning your hair and its relation to hair loss.  The truth is, we're all different, and how frequently you wash your locks depends on your hair and scalp type.

Hair and scalp specialist, Dr Sharon Wong, says "Shampooing is important to remove dirt, grease and dead skin cells from the scalp and hair, and conditioning your hair after shampooing nourishes the fibres. Incorporate a weekly deep condition/hair mask treatment, especially if you dye or style your hair regularly."


2.  Lay off the chemicals


Dying, styling and over-brushing your strands will not cause female pattern baldness, but like most things in life, excessive can be bad, and in this case, using styling products and dyes excessively can lead to shedding, which isn't particularity great if you already suffer from thinning hair.

Cut down on your styling products, especially if they are not natural.  Chemicals can seriously damage your hair, therefore make sure the products you use are natural and organic.  The kinder you are to your locks, the better chance you will have of maintaining it.


3.  Eat and live well


Like every single aspect of your body, follicle cells require all the nutrients of a well-balanced healthy diet. This includes lean proteins, good carbohydrates and fats, along with key vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional deficiencies and crash diets are a common cause of hair thinning and shedding. So, get your diet in place, eat well, be healthy, and your hair will begin to flourish in no time at all.  For a breakdown of good hair foods, see our article 10 Foods That Prevent Hair Loss.


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4.  De-stress


Stress is one of the main causes of shedding, particularly in women.  It's easier said than done, but finding a way to de-stress yourself is crucial if you want to maintain your beautiful locks.

Getting active is an excellent way to relieve stress.  Go for long walks, take up yoga, or even burn some energy at the gym.  The healthier you are, the healthier your hair is likely to be.  Plus you'll look and feel a whole lot better too!


5.  Manage your hormones


Another common time of hair loss in women comes during or directly after pregnancy.  Many women tend to shed considerably during this time, and it can be quite an upsetting experience.

Be sure to seek advice from your doctor about ways to counteract the effects of severe shedding. Make sure you know what you are dealing with, and consider safe and natural hair supplements to help regrow hair.  See our Supplements for Treating Hair Loss article for more information of this.

The Best Bald Comic Book Characters


Being Bald is Cool


Being bald doesn't have to be so bad - in fact, it can be pretty super, depending on which way you look at it.  Having no hair can make many of us look pretty badass, and so that's why, for a bit of fun, we decided to go through some of the Marvel and DC characters to find the coolest superheroes and villains with no hair.

Professor X  (X-Men)

Being a superhero isn't all about brute strength - sometimes all it takes to conquer your enemies is a strong mind. Professor X (above) is one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel comic book world, and he just wouldn't be as cool as he is with a full head of hair.

Luke Cage 

With unbreakable powers caused by a sabotaged experiment, Luke Cage is a bit like the Bruce Willis character from the movie Unbreakable. These strong, unbreakable characters wouldn't look as tough with a strong head of hair.


Martian Manhunter 

Ok, the dude is an Alien from Mars, but this doens't disguise the fact he's a pretty badass looking character, and certainly one of the most important in DC's Justice League.  Give this guy a head of hair and he would probably look like something that resembles a clown!



Vision

You may have noticed Vision's debut on the big screen in the Avengers movie.  His style, costume and powers are among the best in the comic book hero world, and what's more, he's bald - and he carries it off perfectly!



Silver Surfer

Voted the coolest comic book character in 2014, Silver Surfer has to be one of the most iconic superpowers we have ever seen, and yes, you guessed it, he's bald, and we wouldn't have him any other way.



Lex Luthor

How could we forget the best criminal mind in the whole of the DC universe, Lex Luthor.  If saving lives isn't particularly your thing, then Lex proves you can look sharp, suave and sophisticated with a shaved head. 



National Hair Loss Awareness Month


What is National Hair Loss Awareness Month?


For more than a decade, the month of August of every year is designated as Hair Loss Awareness Month. It is essential to understand how much hair loss of various types affects most men and women who are experiencing baldness and thinning hair. The most common condition of this problem is androgenetic alopecia, which is better known as male or female pattern hair loss. Although there are several types of alopecia.

Losing your hair does not all come down to (Male Pattern Baldness) MPB or (Female Pattern Baldness) FPB. National Hair Loss Awareness Month covers a wide range of hair loss types, including baldness that can be caused by illness, and seasonal shedding.

The four weeks of August are purely dedicated to educating men and women about the causes of balding and the different types of treatments available. Also, expect to see some special offers and discounts from companies that specialise in hair loss and thinning hair.

We'll be sure to keep our readers regularly updated with all the latest news, research and special offers happening in and around National Hair Loss Awareness Month. Stay tuned!
 
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