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Going bald can really mess with your self-confidence. Thankfully, there's stuff you can do about male pattern baldness these days. What are the latest treatment optopn

A whopping two thirds of all American men are balding by the time they're 35 years old, while that figure goes up to 85 percent when they're 50, and a quarter of those affected see the first signs of hair thinning before they're even 21. Male hair loss can be caused by thyroid conditions, cancer, medications, anabolic steroids, fungal scalp infections, and even nutritional disorders. In 95 percent of all cases, though, "male pattern baldness" is to blame. 

Male pattern baldness is genetic, and has been linked to a bit of DNA known as "20p11", located somewhere on chromosome 20. If baldness runs in your family and you're a guy, you have good odds of going bald yourself, due to the way androgens, male sex hormones that also regulate hair growth, work. If you've got male pattern baldness, your hair growth cycle will change, shrinking your hair follicles in certain regions of the head and leading hairs to become shorter and thinner until, eventually, no more hair will grow and you'll likely be left with a severely receded hairline surrounded by a "U" shaped bit of hair.

What's the problem with male pattern baldness? 

Medically speaking, there is no problem. According to the American Hair Loss Association, bald men themselves rarely agree that going bald is no big deal, and in fact, the association says that "most men who suffer from male pattern baldness are extremely unhappy with their situation and would do anything to change it". 

Are you going bald and hating it? If you've got time, guts, and money to spare, you do not have to resign yourself to a head without hair. You can, ehm, baldly go where many men would go if they could afford it, and seek out hair regrowth techniques. If you're on a budget, there are still things you can do. What's available in today's world?

Baldness-Covering Hairstyles, Wigs, Or Hairpieces

Nope, you don't have to go for that cliché comb-over your grandpa had. Though you can indeed just shave all your hair off like so many guys have already done before you, that's not your only alternative either. If you've just started going bald, surprisingly many baldness-hiding 'dos are available to you:
  • A messy, slightly longer hairstyle with some layers — this will make the thinner spots look intentional.
  • A Ronaldo-style crop with layers up top.
  • A buzz cut will make you look timeless and stylish.
  • Going bald at the temples? Look into a faux hawk to draw attention away from your problem areas. 
Head over to a good barber, and tell him you really want to minimize the appearance of thinning hair. As your baldness progresses, you may no longer be satisfied, and at that point you may like to look into getting a hair piece or even a wig. Modern wigs and hairpieces can look extremely natural, as long as they're fitted by a proper wig stylist. 

Weave It!

Weaves would be called "hair extensions" if they were worn by a woman. Attached to your natural hair, they look awesome and can last for quite a while. You can wash and style your hair normally, and you won't need to "take your hair off" when you go to bed or have a swim either. As long as you have enough natural hair to attach the weaves to, they can be an awesome option for men with beginning male pattern baldness.
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