What You Need to Know About Hair Loss
Hair loss gets BAD press in American culture. People just don’t treat baldness kindly.
As a result, most men who have severe hair loss have battles with self-esteem and confidence where they work and where they socialize. In fact, for these people the flak from the condition can be terrible at times.
When the condition is hereditary — caused by genes — its called alopecia. And as a first step to getting over this, men often try thickening agents. There are good ones out there, like Rogaine, Procerin, or hormonal medication like Propecia.
But while these agents successfully help thicken hair, they often cannot restore your body’s ability to replace fallen hair once alopecia damages your follicles.
For some men, the next step is a toupee or a hair-weaving product.
Others look at surgical transplants.
The Permanent Hair Solution
Wigs have been with us for hundreds of years, but its only in the last 40 years or so that modern medicine has developed and perfected medical hair transplants. Today it is a quick outpatient procedure, and you’re usually back at work the next day.
A team of surgeons takes thin strips of transplants of your own growing, healthy hair from various parts of your head, and transplants them on your bald patch.
Because that transplanted hair is from an area not touched by your hairloss, it grows and renews itself for the rest of your lifetime.
If you suffer baldness, but still have an ample supply of healthy hair on parts of your head at least, you’re probably a strong candidate for a transplant.
The transplanted hair matures in a year and grows throughout your life. What you’ll end up with is a replacement resembling a natural, vibrant hairline.
And along with a restored hairline, you’ll enjoy renewed self-confidence.
Hair Loss in Men
This is a concern for many men and sometimes can begin as early as the late teens or early twenties. Hair loss does not discriminate on the basis of sex.
Men are obviously interested in a treatment for thinning hair. Most men in their early 20’s begin to become very concerned about losing their hair. Some are already experiencing receding hairlines and other signs of impending hair loss and eventual baldness. Even men with thick, healthy looking hair often express serious interest in how to keep their hair for as long as possible.
Men of a mature age almost always have some degree of loss or thinning. By middle age, the fears of younger men are reality and, the signs are evident.
By recognizing the importance of the PREVENTION, especially in its earlier stages, the target is men between the ages of 20 to 60+, who are already visibly experiencing the onset of thinning hair.
Hair Loss in Women
The scientific name for hereditary baldness in women is Androgenetic Alopecia. It’s just a fancy way of saying, “If your mom’s hair fell out early, yours probably will too.” Hereditary hair loss is responsible for 95% of hair loss in both men and women. Only 5% is attributed to age, medicines, radiation, diet, pregnancy or vitamin deficiencies.
If you are losing your hair early in life it is usually genetics that are playing a role. Although we hear about “male pattern baldness” all of the time, women actually suffer from the identical disorder. In fact, pattern baldness is the most common type of genetic hair loss in women and known as Androgenetic Alopecia.
In pattern baldness your hair grows thinner each time a hair follicle goes through its natural phases of losing and growing hairs over time. Then, finally, it becomes so severe that it does not grow back at all.
The Body Science Behind it
The culprits behind genetic hair loss are called 5 alpha reductase enzymes. There are two types of these enzymes. Type 1 lives in the sebaceous glands and in your skin cells and sweat glands. Type 2 lives in the root cells of the hair follicles in your scalp.
In order for you to grow any hair these receptors must be able to defy hormones that destroy hair growth. Balding is caused when your body takes testosterone (a hormone found in both male and female physiologies) and convert it into dihydortestosterone (DHT). DHT attacks your hair follicles, particularly those in the front, sides and tops of the scalp. Thins the hair and eventually causes it to fall out. Scientists call this the miniaturization of hair that in turn makes it more susceptible to shedding.
Another thing to realize is that this type of balding is not caused by just one gene. It is caused by at least four genes that must be inherited from your parents. The genes modify such things as what age you will start balding, what the pattern of balding will look at, whether or not your hair will thin at first and whether or not it will all fall at once.
Living With Female Balding
As this can be a genetic condition there is not a lot you can do about it. If it is determined that your condition is caused by DHT then there are some things that you can to slow it. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medications that slow the rate of fall and you may be able to allay it by eating a diet and taking hair supplements that are very healthy for your scalp and hair.
When it comes to female hair loss, you may not be able to stop the inevitability of going bald completely but you may be able to post-pone it for a while if you take care of your general health and avoid factors, such as smoking and medications, that can make your disposition worse.