Understanding Hair Loss
The most common form of hair loss and hair thinning is predominantly determined by our genes and hormones. This is typically known as androgenetic alopecia or male/female patterned baldness. It is the single largest type of recognisable alopecia to affect both men and women.
So why me?
Simply put, one of the reasons you may be thinning or balding comes down to this – the rate of your hair shedding. The rate of your hair shedding in androgenic alopecia is typically sped up by three factors: getting older, an inherited tendency to bald early (genetics) and an over-abundance of the male hormone DHT within the hair follicle.
The technical part
The conversion from testosterone to DHT is driven by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the prostate, various adrenal glands, and the scalp. Over time, the action of DHT causes the hair follicle to degrade and shortens the “anagen phase”. Though the follicle is technically still alive and connected to a good blood supply it will grow smaller and smaller. Some follicles will gradually die, but most will simply shrink to the size they were when you were born which produce weaker hairs. With a steadily shorter anagen growing cycle, more hairs are shed, the hairs becoming thinner and thinner until they are too fine to survive daily wear and tear. Balding hair gradually changes from long, thick, coarse, hair into fine vellus sprouts.
However, The sebaceous gland attached to it remains the same size. As the hair shafts become smaller, the gland continues to pump out about the same amount of oil. So as your hair thins, you will notice that your hair becomes flatter and oilier.
The sooner you address your thinning hair the better chance you have of saving it
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