Mediterranean Hair Loss involves recession of the frontal hairline and the development of vertex baldness (also known as crown baldness). As men age, the body functions will start to wear away and cells in the hair will also begin to weaken. Moreover, hair follicles will shrink and hair vessels becoming lighter and thinner. Hair on the crown area will also begin to fall out. Unfortunately, this results in balding, forming right on top of the head.
Mediterranean Hair Loss is more common and obvious among middle-aged men. Men usually get bald at the vertex (the top of the head) while women only have vertex thinning. Its major cause involves white blood cells attacking the rapidly growing cells in the hair follicles. The affected hair follicles become smaller and drastically slow down in hair production. Heredity and stress are other contributing factors that result in hair fall.
New strands of hair can only grow on healthy follicles. If the follicle is inactive, it will not be able to produce new hair and if it has insufficient blood circulation, hair loss will be greater.
In serious cases, hair loss can go up to 50%, as in the case of Mediterranean Hair Loss. Basically, this type of hair loss is affected by unhealthy lifestyle (such as: imbalanced diet, heavy smoking or excessive drinking) which causes insufficient nutrients to the hair and scalp. It’s also no surprise that this hair condition can also be attributed to heredity.
If treatment is delayed, hair follicles will shrink and be permanently damaged.