Monday, 14 March 2011

Reasons for Men’s Hair Loss and how they differ to the Reasons for Women’s Hair Loss

Whilst there are some similarities, between male hair loss and female hair loss, there are also clear and substantial differences in the reasons behind why men and women start to lose their hair. Read on to find out more.

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Reasons for Men’s Hair Loss
There are any number of reasons why men start to lose their hair and the root cause can only be established through a process of elimination. The most common reason by far though, is due to Male Pattern Baldness or to give it its proper medical name, Androgenetic Alopecia. This is a genetic problem, passed down from either parent to the male child. Genetic hair loss can also be passed down to a female child, though cases of this are fewer as both parents have to have the hair loss gene in order for a female to be affected.

Although there are other theories on the subject, it is widely accepted that Androgenetic Alopecia is caused by the body’s adverse reaction to a naturally produced and fundamentally important hormone known as DHT or Dihydrotestosterone. DHT is the male sex hormone, testosterone, which has been converted by the enzyme; 5-alpha reductase, to DHT. It attaches itself to any susceptible scalp hair follicles, typically those located to the front and top of the scalp, causing them to reduce in size. 

As the follicle shrinks, each hair grows back thinner than the previous one and for less time than normal, before falling out. Eventually the follicle becomes so small that there is only a thin tip of hair left which no longer grows out to the skin surface. At this stage the head will appear completely bald though it will still be possible to see fine, white hairs that resemble peach fuzz.

Male pattern baldness aside, there are a number of other reasons that could well be the cause of balding in men. A stressful lifestyle and poor diet, smoking and/or drinking to excess can all contribute to male hair loss. Other factors that can cause hairloss in men are medical treatments, such as those for cancer and hair loss can occur as a result of taking certain presribed medicine. All these factors could well play a role in the loss of hair in males.

Male hair loss needs to be treated as early as possible to reduce further thinning and encourage regrowth. Contact us today for a free hair loss consultation in central London. 

Reasons for Women’s hair loss
There are many more possible causes of women’s hair loss. There is of course female pattern baldness, as referred to above, but as mentioned this is less commonly the cause of hair loss in women. Female hair loss is primarily due to the fact that their delicate hormonal balance has, in one way or another been upset. This could be the result of pregnancy, termination, miscarriage, going through the menopause, or suffering from poly cystic ovaries which affect the hormonal balance. Additionally taking the contraceptive pill can affect the growth pattern of her hair.

Female hair loss can be caused by stress such as after a change in personal circumstances, work troubles, a trauma such as an accident, serious illness or bereavement. Other possible causes include treatments for medical conditions such as cancer, an adrenal tumour, or anaemia. 

Any one of these things could be the cause of hair loss in women and it is only by process of elimination, that the root case can be established. The good news is that if you are suffering from female hair loss, there is often a hair loss solution which will help to resolve the problem. Contact us today for a free hair loss consultation in central London.