hair loss causes

Where is Hair Loss Most Common and What Causes It?

Hair loss rates differ from one country to another. While you may assume the number of bald men in one nation is no greater or smaller than in all others, research shows this is not the case. The country in which you’re born could actually affect your hairline more than you realise. 

In this post, HairPalace’s expert team takes a look at hair loss levels around the world and explores the causes behind it.

Which country is home to the most bald people?

The Czech Republic is home to the most bald men, with 42.79 percent of Czech males losing their hair.

Spain has the next-highest number of bald men in the world, where  41.6 percent shed their hairs at one time or another. After Spain comes Germany, in which 41.2 percent of males are affected, followed by France (with 39.24 percent).

Which country has the fifth-highest number of men facing hair loss? The UK. Believe it or not, 39.23 percent of UK men experience hair loss.

The next country in the rankings is the United States, followed by Italy. Up next is Poland, the Netherlands, Russia and Canada. Clearly, men from Europe are the most at risk of suffering with hair loss,  and research shows white males in particular are at an increased risk of androgenic alopecia.

It’s believed that:

  • Around 30 percent of white men experience this condition by the time they hit 30 years of age
  • 50 percent encounter it by age 50
  • 80 percent experience it before 70 years old

Men of white ancestry are more likely to lose their hair at an earlier age than those from Africa and Asia.

Men who are shorter are more likely to develop baldness too, as some genes linked to hair loss tend to be related to short stature.

The effect of hair loss

Regardless of where you’re from, your genetics, or your ancestry, hair loss hits people differently. For some, it may be seen as just another sign of ageing and accepted as nothing to worry about. For others, though, hair loss is as a major problem.

There may be numerous reasons for this. Men who take great pride in their hair and feel it’s their strongest physical trait can easily start to feel as if they’re instantly less attractive without their locks. This would lead to self-confidence issues, leaving them questioning what they have left to make them desirable.

Such a strong reaction to hair loss can be incredibly upsetting, and it’s a shame that it happens at all. However, for men struggling to cope with hair loss, hair transplant surgery offers a solution.

This procedure, performed using a cutting-edge Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique, can restore the hair to its fullest, most youthful style. Results are permanent and discrete.

Hair restoration is more well-known today and accepted as a safe, secure procedure. HairPalace’s expert team has years of experience helping people of varying ages affected by hair loss, and uses the state-of-the-art FUE 2 Safe Scribe tool to ensure the most effective results.

Still, no matter where you’re born, there are numerous causes of hair loss — what are some of the most common?

What are the most common causes of hair loss?

Excessive vitamin A

Vitamin A has a number of benefits. It’s known to minimize the effects of night blindness and sight problems related to age, while supporting your immune system.

It’s also believed to stimulate hair growth.

However, if you have too much vitamin A in your body, you may be increasing your chances of hair loss. Why? Because your follicles will start entering the growth stage of their cycle before they should and shed hairs. Your body could struggle to actually develop new ones to replace these, leaving you with thinner hair.

Vitamin A is found in foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, kale and spinach. Take care you’re not consuming too much along with supplements.

Too much physical stress

Physical stress of different kinds is enough to cause hair loss: being involved in a traumatic car accident, developing an illness or anything else taking a serious toll on your system can be responsible.

How? It triggers telogen effluvium. This form of hair loss occurs when the hair’s growth cycle is shocked into the shedding phase (telogen). This isn’t permanent though, and your hair may start growing back after six months or so.

Not enough protein

Protein is essential for healthy hair growth: if you don’t have enough of it in your diet, your system might stop developing hair as it should.

You can find protein in meats, but there are plenty of vegetarian options too. Try to eat more lentils, chickpeas, beans, oats, Greek yoghurt, eggs, soya, tofu, almonds, cashew nuts and flaxseeds.

Male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness, AKA androgenic alopecia, is the leading cause of hair loss in males.  This develops due to the androgens: these sex hormones serve a number of purposes, such as regulating the hair’s growth, but too much can actually cause baldness.

Male pattern baldness weakens the growth cycle, leading the hair follicles to shrink. The hairs then begin to develop as shorter, finer strands, until no new hairs grow to replace shed ones at all.

More emotional stress than you can handle

Emotional stress tends to cause hair loss less than the physical kind, but too much of it may make any baldness that’s already occurring worse.

Hair loss related to emotional stress will go on to ease, and taking steps to avoid or handle stress may help return your growth to normal. It should have a positive effect on your overall health too.

Try to get more exercise, speak to a counsellor or therapist, and meditate. All of these may help you handle emotional stress better and reduce its physical impact.

At HairPalace, we’re committed to providing you with the most professional, efficient hair transplant surgery. We offer a free quote and consultation here in the UK, before you travel to Budapest to undergo the hair transplantation at competitive price from our experienced surgeons.

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