The Most Famous Head of Hair in History
After a few cold beverages at your local watering hole, your buddy confesses his is concerned about his "androgenic alopecia".
- Slowly back away.
- Offer him a breath mint.
- Buy another beer.
- Tell him there is help.
While "3" is often a good answer for almost any situation the best answer in this case would be "4". You see, androgenic alopecia is the medical term for male pattern baldness. Whether this medical term makes male pattern baldness sound better or worse may be up for debate. What is not up for debate is the number of men who are affected by MPB.
You see, your buddy is far from being alone. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration, male pattern baldness affects over 35 million men, and not just guys your Uncle Bernie's age either. 25% of these men will begin seeing signs of baldness by the age of 30. One of them may be you. The good news is there have been significant advancements in hair restoration, so there is help. We will get into some of those options later.
But it does raise the question, what is it about man's hair that has made it the subject of stories since the beginning of history? Let's take a look at one such story, probably the most famous of all time. It is that of Samson, whose hair provided him strength, and the company of (if not much luck with), beautiful women. It is a hair-raising story that reflects the significance placed on men's hair.
The Biblical story of Samson is one of strength, love, punishment, revenge, greed and... hair.
Samson's parents were told that their son would deliver the Israelites from the Philistines, but with a few caveats. Among other things, Samson was never to drink alcohol or cut his hair.
As a young man Samson leaves his parents to see the cities of the Philistines, and falls in love with a pretty Philistine girl. As he is on his way to ask for her hand in marriage, Samson has a run-in with a lion, which to his surprise he kills with his bare hands. It seems Samson has some skills he wasn't aware of.
Things go rather badly for Samson at the wedding though, as his bride is given to another man to be his wife. Not surprisingly, Samson is a little agitated and goes on to single-handedly kill 30 Philistines. A still angry Samson then attaches torches to 300 foxes (more skills) that scatter in panic and burn down all the Philistine's crops.
Of course now the Philistines are really, really, not happy with him, and they send an army to get him. It is here Samson uses the jawbone of an ass to kill 1,000 more Philistines.
It is later in life Samson falls in love with Delilah.
Still trying to get our hero, the Philistines offer Delilah a large amount of silver to find out the source of his strength, and the lovely Delilah starts in, nagging him every night for days. Finally, he tells her the source of his strength... his hair. He might as well have told her "Yes, dear, that dress DOES make you look fat."
In short time, Delilah has her silver, Samson doesn't have his hair (or his strength) and he is captured by the Philistines and blinded. It was probably a Monday too.
Samson gets his revenge later however. While still in custody and after growing back his hair, Samson pulls down a Philistine temple on himself and thousands of Philistines who then all perish together.
No word on whatever happened to Delilah, or her silver collection. Samson though, lives on in perpetuity, a beacon of strength for men and their hair.
Lessons from Samson
There are three distinct lessons from Samson for every man.
- Don't go after a lion, but don't be afraid to try something new. You may have hidden talents.
- Having a full head of hair won't necessarily give you any better luck with the ladies.
- Don't ever, ever, tell your lady your biggest weakness.
The Power of Hair and Help for MPB
A thicker, fuller head of hair may not give you mad skills with the jawbone of an ass, but it may increase your confidence. It could even help your sex appeal. When you feel better, that can translate into better relationships, better work performance, and a happier life.
The University of Rochester Medical Center says that hair loss is natural part of the life cycle of hair. In fact, each hair on your head will grow for two to three years and then begin a "resting" phase. This resting phase is a nice way to say the hair is getting ready to fall out. Are you ready for this? At any time, even in a person not suffering from hair loss, 10% of our hair is resting. The challenge for those with MPB is that it is not being replaced, at least not naturally.
If you are considering options for male pattern baldness, there are some things you should know. Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is a sex hormone that triggers MPB. While DHT can help your sex life, it won't help your hair growth. There are also issues with some other regularly used products. The Journal of American Medicine stated in a 2011 article that the hair loss drug Propecia may cause erectile dysfunction even AFTER men stop taking the drug. The FDA requested the company update its warning on its packages.
All of these concerns could have you considering a safe, permanent solution... a hair transplant.
A hair transplant is a procedure that can be performed under local anesthetic in an office setting. These transplants take hair from areas of the head where it is still thick, and transplant them to areas of pattern baldness. Hundreds, if not thousands of hair transplants can be done in one session. Before and after photos can help show prodigious results that can appear completely natural. Recovery is also brief.
The NIH states that hair transplants are a permanent solution to hair loss. There is no long term special care needed, and you won't have to take medicines that can have undesirable effects.
If you, or a buddy, are one of the millions experiencing male pattern baldness, there is a permanent solution. Look into a reputable hair transplant clinic and get on your way to a healthier, fuller head of hair. Like Samson, you may find renewed strength.
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