Thinning Hair

Written by Liza Hartung
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Although thinning hair is so prevalent in our world, the mere matter of it is a constant subject of joking. Not only that, it can cause stress and anxiety to anyone who is experiencing it or is worried about it happening. Men and women alike have lost sleep and been distracted by thoughts of hair loss. No one is initially comfortable with it.

Many more men than women are worried about thinning hair. They start to worry in their twenties and it continues for years. Even men who have been bald for quite a long time, and are seemingly comfortable with it, still wish they had their hair back. If given a choice, they would certainly choose hair and lots of it.

What Causes Thinning Hair

Hair loss can be due to a number of things. However, the most common reason for hair loss is due to genetics. In fact, ninety-five percent of cases are because of this. If you have many balding men or women in your family, you can make a pretty safe bet that you have the gene. Later in life, this gene causes an excess of production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.

DHT is a male hormone, but women have traces. This is why balding is not as prevalent in women. DHT is the hormone that works through puberty, causing facial hair and the growth of male reproductive organs. As someone ages, the extra DHT attaches to hair follicles, generally on the crown of the head and along the hairline. It slowly blocks blood from reaching the hair and thus the hair falls out. However, the follicle is not dead. This means that there is hope for thinning hair.

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