If you are a male chances are at some point or another you will experience hair loss. Hair loss can be extremely frightening especially for a male in the prime of his youth. It is estimated that over 80% of men will experience hair loss at some point or another in their life! For many of us, our hair can be part of our identity and losing it can be a rude awakening.
The mainstream tend to focus on DHT as the primary cause of hair loss. While DHT does play a crucial role in hair loss it is only part of the problem. As such, many companies will prescribe chemicals such as finasteride or dutasteride to combat hair loss. These drugs can cause a myriad of side effects that the average person doesn’t want to expose themselves to. As such, many accept balding as a natural part of their life and just deal with it.
We’re here to tell you this doesn’t have to be the case. Below we will discuss, why we have hair, why we lose it, traditional schools of thought, what we think is the real cause and how to stop it!
Let’s start by taking a look at what hair is, and why we have it!
Ready? Let’s go!
What is Hair?
Hair is simply a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. It is one of the defining characteristics of all mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair.
Why Do We Have Hair?
As humans (assuming you’re human) we evolved from primates. Our primate brethren have ton’s of hair. This helps protect their skin from particles and bacteria in the environment. It also serves to help protect the skin from the Sun. As such, if we are going to be spending a ton of time outside in nature it is in the body’s best interest to develop some hair as a baseline protection mechanism.
Having hair on your head protects the head (and the brain) from heat, cold, UV light and falling debris. A full head of hair also operates as a signaling organism. It generally signalizes good health which is useful when looking to attract mates.
Why We Lose Hair (Traditional School of Thought)
It is generally believed that we lose hair over time. This is commonly accepted and we subscribe to the belief that everyone will experience a bit of hair loss over their life as they age.
Hair growth starts at conception and has life cycles similar to other organisms. When we are in the womb fine lanugo hair covers the fetus. After about 8 months this lanugo hair is shed and a second coat forms. This hair then gives rise to vellus hair which lasts for life.
Vellus hair is soft and covers the entire body. As mentioned hair has a natural life cycle. The first cycle is the anagen phase. This anagen phase is a period of active growth that typically lasts 4-5 years. After this period is complete hair enters the catagen phase. This phases lasts a few weeks. The hair stops growing and detaches from the bulb but stays connected to the head. Hair then finally enters the telogen phase. This is the last phase of the cycle. This cycle lasts up to 4 months and is when the hair rests. After the telogen phase is over the cycle begins anew and new hair can be grown.
Overtime, hair will engage in this cycle numerous times. As we age hair tends to fall off and after a while the hair bulbs under the scale may begin to lose blood flow and stop producing hair completely. If this happens to enough hair bulbs it can leave the bald appearances that we recognize today as Male Pattern Baldness.
DHT today is believed to be the primary cause of hair loss in men. DHT is a sex hormone that contributes to development of what are thought of as male sex characteristics, such as body hair, voice, and penis/testical size. Without proper levels of DHT in the body the body will not mature properly during puberty. Thus DHT is critically important. However overtime DHT can run rampant and many in the mainstream believe it is the main driver of hair loss.
DHT can flow freely in the body. When it is free flowing it can bind to hair follicles. When DHT bonds to hair follicles in the scalp in cause cause the follicle to shrink. As the follicle shrinks overtime the hair that it produces will grow thinner and thinner. Eventually this causes a loss of blood to the follicle and the follicle dies out. The fair falls out and we can be left looking bald!
However, DHT is also associated with hair growth in other parts of the body! Thus, it seems odd that DHT is responsible for hair growth on the face, arms, and genitals but weirdly causes hair loss on the scalp? This doesn’t make sense. Why would it select for hair miniaturization on the scalp but lead to hair growth in other body parts. Something isn’t adding up!
The Real Cause Of Hair Loss
We posit that the real cause of hair loss is not DHT causing miniaturization of the hair follicle. Rather, we believe that overtime DHT causes the bones in the skull to grow. As the skull grows and takes on its new shape, blood flow to the hair follicle is cut off. As a result the hair follicles die away and your hair goes with it.
Think about it. Nearly every bald person that you seem roaming around has a completely rounded head. Their heads were not born in this shape. It developed like that over time as the bones in the skull grow. Seriously look at the next bald person you see and we guarantee you their head looks like a soccer ball. If you find someone who is bald with a flatter shaped skull let us know!
The skull has 22 bones in it. These bones, unlike other bones in the body continue to grow as we age. As they grow, they will alter the shape of the skull. When the skull expands sufficiently (becomes rounded) the capillary network that supplies blood to the scalp gets cut off. When this happens the hair on your head dies and you are left bald.
What to Look For
When looking at someone’s face it can be easy to see if they will be susceptible to male pattern baldness. At a high level, people with flatter heads are less likely to go bald than their round headed counter part.
Face width also plays a crucial role here. Generally, the wider someone’s face is relative to the width of their entire head the less likely they are to experience baldness. If someone has a narrow face relative to the total width of their head, they are likely to experience hair loss.
Look at a few pictures of completely bald people and contrast it with people of a similar age with a full head of hair. After a few minutes, you will begin to see what we are talking about. Once you see it, its impossible to miss.
How To Stop Hair Loss
The way to combat this hair loss, due to skull expansion is to simply reduce or even reverse the expansion. After all, the scalp is relatively small and it only takes a few millimeters of expansion to create hair loss. As such you only need to reverse it a tiny amount to start regrowing hair.
In order to combat this expansion. We recommend you begin pushing on your scalp. Yes, it may sound barbaric but literally oppose the growth forces with your hands. We already know that body modification is possible. We see ancient cultures with elongated skulls and present day people with elongated necks. These changes don’t happen over night and you have to work on them. However, the body is malleable and you can change the shape of your skull over time.
Here is a quick sample to get started.
For 5 minutes each night push on your head. You can start by getting a rag, put it on top of your head and apply downwards pressure. Do this for one minute. Then place one hand on your forehead and one hand on the back of your head and push together. This will help to flatten the forehead overtime. Finally, you can push downwards and inwards on the temple regions. This is especially useful for people experiencing hair loss near the temples. Do this often enough and you can slow hair loss significantly. If you are really dedicated you may even be able to reverse it.
If you want to read more on this subject or find more in-depth routines we recommend you check out the PDF “Here today, hair tomorrow” by Paul Taylor.
Hair loss can be extremely frightening for anyone let alone a young guy in the prime of his youth. Most people believe DHT is the sole cause of hair loss. We believe that DHT causes the bones in the skull to expand and grow. Overtime this causes the shape of the skull to change and the blood network that supplies blood to the hair is choked. When this happens the hair losses its blood supply and dies out. This can be reversed through skull pressing exercises. It takes time but it works.
Give it a try and let us know what you think.
That is it for now!