We've all heard of 'Male Pattern Baldness', but what exactly is it and why does the hair only thin in those specific areas and not all over? TheChicGeek, as part of Thinning Hair Awareness Week, has asked Keith Hobbs of The Institute of Trichologists to explain further;
"Male pattern baldness occurs in specific areas because there is an enzyme in those areas that changes testosterone to a more potent hormone, di-hydrotestosterone. This causes each new growing hair to get shorter and finer with each succeeding hair growth cycle," says Keith.
Male Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic hair loss in men, usually starts either with a bilateral recession to the temples or a diffuse thinning to the crown and can be followed in some cases by a gradual thinning, then a complete denuding of the top. Very rarely is the hair lost on the sides and back although men over 70 can lose hair in the neck area. Androgenetic hair loss in men is classified by both the Hamilton and the Norwood scales. It is possible for men to pattern in the Ludwig classification which is normally associated with Female pattern hair loss.
Androgenic hair loss has three causative factors: genetic predisposition, the presence of the androgen testosterone and the age of the patient.
Male pattern baldness is more commonly inherited from the maternal grandfather.
At puberty, more of the male hormone testosterone circulates around the body having opposite effects on hair in different places.
Under the arms and on the pubic area on men and women, and the beard, chest, back and legs on men, the fine vellus hair is slowly replaced in each succeeding growth cycle by coarser terminal hairs. These hairs do not grow as long as scalp hair with the exception of some beard hair on certain races of men.
On the scalp, in areas that are genetically programmed to thin (the pattern areas) each new cycle of anagen growth produces finer and shorter hairs.
Testosterone reaches the target organ, in this case the hair follicle, where the enzyme 5α-reductase changes testosterone into the highly potent hormone di-hydro testosterone which causes the above affects.
The effects are progressive but not always total. Familial history can help prognosis.
The last day. The maintenance phase. You can return to eating food; always plenty of vegetables and fruit with a new menu of supplements to take.
TheChicGeek says "Who was it that said a change was as good as a rest? They were right. This cleanse was an almost extreme break from my normal routine. It made me think about everything that I put into my body. Feeling guilty about eating plain, brown bread was a first!
The large amount of supplements made me feel that I wasn't going without my nutritional needs, while the overdose of fresh fruit and vegetables gave me a feeling psychologically of immunity to getting ill. There were points where I was worried I may never want to eat anything healthy again, but this quickly passed. The only down side was that I lost too much weight, but for others this would be a boon.
You couldn't do this cleanse without a decent juicer. I used the Philips HR1871 juicer, pictured, and would throughly recommend it. It is an expensive one, but you need something that extracts the maximum of juice. It is also quick and easy to clean. The cleanse also recommends a colonic irrigation during the 'Power Phase' and also a massage, which once added to the cost of the cleanse, £120, does make this an expensive 12 days.
I would say to anybody wanting to do this, yes, they should give it a go, but it isn't easy and would probably be best on a sunshine holiday somewhere. What I will take from this is regular, fresh juicing and also I will try to go meat free a couple of times a week. We all know about getting our five-a-day and eating healthy, but how often to we really do it. This cleanse gave me plenty to think about and a new focus for the coming summer months".
Chris James - Mind & Body Cleanse - £120
The Power Phase of the cleanse is days 7-9. You are no longer allowed to eat solid foods, just vegetable or fruit juices; at least 6 x 300ml glasses per day. By consuming nothing but raw, fresh juices for 3 days, you give your body a break from normal food and drink. This gives your system the chance to do its own bit of housework, eliminating unwanted microbes, toxins and matter to leave you feeling rejuvenated.
TheChicGeek says "This is probably the hardest part and if I was on a desert island or a yoga retreat in Ibiza, I'd probably find this a lot easier. I feel tired and lethargic. Libido has left the building and I think my body has entered a starvation mode.
I'm still waiting to feel the euphoria of the cleanse and I don't think I've been consuming enough. It's hard because you don't want to drink anymore. I've definitely lost weight; skinny jeans are turning into baggy jeans!".
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the most influential smile of them all? According to teeth whitening brand, Pearlys, it's One Direction's Harry Styles. His smile is being credited with a 500% increase in the number of men aged between 18 and 24 using their home whitening kit to try and recreate the 18 year-old's smile.
In the survey carried out to celebrate the Pearlys kit going on sale in Boots stores, over 1,000 customers were asked whose teeth they were inspired and turned off by.
Pearlys founder Liz Ridley said, "Women are dazzled by Harry's smile and young men want to have the same affect! Badly discoloured teeth are a complete turn off. It’s not a surprise a heavy smoker like Jeremy Clarkson came top of the worst list".
The full list goes as follows;
BEST MEN'S TEETH - 1) Harry Styles - 2) Tom Daley - 3) Simon Cowell - 4) David Beckham - 5) Daniel Craig
WORST MEN'S TEETH - 1) Jeremy Clarkson - 2) Joey Essex - 3) Alan Carr - 4) David Walliams - 5) James Arthur
Pearlys Professional Teeth Whitening Kit - £124.99