Hair loss is a deterrent in so many ways. For some people, it is enough reason not to go out with friends or meet new people. Lost confidence is more expensive than a lost hair. This is why sufferers would go to lengths just to restore what the hair they have lost.
Although it can be caused by a number of other factors, in the vast majority of cases, the build-up of DHT or dihydrotestosterone is the main culprit. DHT kills the hair follicles by means of changing the hair protein synthesis and blocking the blood flow to the follicles. In men, it causes the hairline to recede and the crown to develop a bald spot. In women, it can result in massive hair thinning. The condition is called androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness. It is a common condition affecting nearly 50% of the world’s adult population. Two out of 5 men in their mid-20s and 1 out of 5 females in their mid-30s have pattern baldness.
Common Misconceptions about Hair Loss
Wearing hats or caps can cause hair loss
Hair loss is not a result of frequently wearing of hats or caps. It can, however, trigger an increase in sebum production in the scalp, which can somehow contribute to hair loss.
Too much styling can cause hair loss
Many African-American women suffer from hair loss due to excessive hair styling. It is called traction alopecia, which is characterized by small patches of hair loss in areas that received too much stress. Tight ponytails, braids/cornrows, or dreadlocks are major culprits. Other styling schemes that can cause hair loss include perming, straighteners, bleaching, and constant coloring. The bottom line is to keep these styling practices in moderation to avoid the worse.
Hair loss is inherited from the mother’s side of the family
Experts have found out that hair loss is polygenic, which means it involves more than one gene. The “bad” genes can come from either side of the family or both sides.
Increased Sexual Activity Affects Hair Growth
In most cases, hair loss is caused by the sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT. Therefore, the amount of hair loss depends on the number of DHT-sensitive hair follicles. Hair loss will occur regardless of the testosterone levels.
Hair loss can be treated especially in its early stages. Some of the conventional treatments available today include medications, laser therapy, herbal medicine, and surgical hair restoration.