What is commonly referred to as “androgenic alopecia,” is a medical phrase that describes hair loss, which can affect both men and women. Also called “male or female pattern baldness”, hair loss starts with a specific pattern usually beginning at the temples.
More Common in the Male
With a man, it begins with a diminishing of the hairline and baldness at the crown of the head; whereas with a woman she will encounter hair loss over the whole of the head.
- Most of us are familiar with male hair loss, but not so much with the female
- Androgenic alopecia can further go on to bring about complete baldness, even though there are in many cases, still some hair on the back and sides of the head
Women who suffer from such a condition never really lose all of their hair, and loss occurs at a much slower pace.
A Case of Genetics Perhaps or Some Other Reasons
High amounts of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp are common for those who suffer from androgenic alopecia and hair loss happens in the male because of the DHT binding with the androgen receptors on the hair follicles, which then prevents natural growth.
- This supposedly genetic tendency causes hair follicles to shrink when combined with the hormone, which then shortens the follicle’s life span.
- Other causes which are blamed for causing androgenic alopecia include both heredity and environmental factors which may start or increase hair loss.
Remedies in the Medical Sense
Most people are aware of a hair transplant, and they have now become increasingly popular over the past fifty or more years with the use of the best in today’s latest technology.
The transplant itself involves the extraction of hair follicles from the rear of the head, typically in the neckline area, and then it being transplanted into areas where there is baldness. Later, that same transplanted hair will then begin growing where it was moved to.
- Nowadays, the price of a hair transplant has become much more affordable also.
One more surgical solution (and definitely an exceedingly more extreme one) is a “scalp reduction.” This revolves around the removal of the balding parts and then the stretching and stitching together of the remaining scalp.
Solutions in the Non-Medical Sense
Of course, historically the use of wigs, hairpieces and weaves are one solution. Wigs and hairpieces can be made of either natural or synthetic hair, and it may surprise you who wears one out there in the public realm.
There’s also a number of shampoos and tonics, each one claiming to grow hair back by stimulating the scalp. And, this certainly does seem like an easy to do method, although it hasn’t been known to bring forth any positive results for its users.
Anyway, whichever method you happen to decide upon, may all of your hair issues be dealt with in a manner which pleases both you and your new future head of hair!