Have you ever looked at a man or yourself and wondered why all his hair was on the wrong side of his head? How is it possible that all the hair on his scalp has magically disappeared while his beard has stayed loyal to his face? Why do men go top bald but never lose beard hair? Mainly, it is a combination of two different factors that give rise to baldness at the top and not at the bottom. These include genetic predisposition to baldness, and the amount of testosterone you produce. First we should start off by explaining the steps of hair growth. The hair on the scalp, like that on the face, grows in three steps — but the hair on the face has a much shorter growing phase. These steps include the active growth phase anagen , the transitional phase catagen- when growth stops and the falling out phase telogen.
A lot of us have patchy beards and curious bald spots, but those are just genetics at play. What about the guys who have more concentrated bald spots, right in the middle of a full beard or mane? That might be alopecia.
Is Alopecia Barbae Caused by Stress?
Even as boys there are a few facts about body hair that we all know. Some facts about body hair are less well known though. Who knew that hair would appear on their gooch, also known as the perineum, or on their back, or that our moustaches would eventually start inside our noses rather than underneath them? The condition that causes men to lose some or all of their beard is called alopecia barbae. You may already be familiar with alopecia areata, which is when bald spots appear on people's scalps. I'm now left with just my moustache and a few patches of hair on the jaw line. The patch grew and grew to the point that I lost pretty much the entire left-hand side of my beard.
Should I be worried? In a word, Mike: no. A 28 Days Later viral outbreak, this is not. Or, as with a lot of bodily blemishes, it can be hereditary. If your old man suffers from a touch of the Gandalf, you probably will too. If totally zen and your dad is hirsutely blessed, a whiteout can be down to diet. Low iron and B12 stores cause the body to attack hair follicles, and in turn, suppress growth and force a restart — hence the newborn white or silver strands. In many cases, this type of hair loss and discoloration is temporary, lasting from six to nine months. Eventually, the beard will flourish and darken just like before. Patience is a virtue on this one.