There are many different types of hair loss that can occur for a variety of reasons. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, stress, hormones, lifestyle changes, age, and so on. Yes, hair loss is genetic; however, not all hair loss is genetic. Genetic hair loss is referred to as Alopecia and categorized as male-pattern baldness, and female-pattern baldness and is hereditary meaning it runs in families. In general, alopecia or genetic hair loss manifests itself in men and women in the form of male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness in the 30s and 40s in a particular way. As a result, detection is simple. Here’s how men and women experience genetic hair loss.
Male Pattern Baldness and Genetic Hair Loss in Men
Although hair loss affects almost all men, some men lose more hair than others, resulting in baldness. If the cause of hair loss is genetic, men will notice a gradual increase in hair fall in a specific pattern, hence the name pattern baldness. First, there will be a gradual decrease in hair density and a receding hairline around the temples. Typically, hair loss in pattern baldness manifests itself as an M shape, with hair falling on the side and top of the head (crown)—creating an M.
For different men, this could begin in their 20s, 30s, or 40s. and the culprit behind this is a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT affects the genes that reduce the hair growth phase in Male Pattern Baldness. DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, resulting in fewer and finer hairs in men. Hair gradually stops growing in the temple and crown areas of the head, but hair continues to grow on the back of the head. This is due to the fact that hair on the sides and crown of the head is typically weak and further weakened by the hormone DHT, whereas hair on the back of the head is usually better. Thus, in hair restoration and transplants, healthy hair follicles are harvested from this donor area and placed in the recipient area, i.e., the temples and crown of the head. This results in healthy regeneration and regrowth. More on that in the subsequent section
Female Pattern Baldness and Genetic Hair Loss in Women
Women, like men, may experience hair loss due to genetic factors. Hair pattern loss in women, on the other hand, manifests differently than in men. Women begin to lose hair or experience hair thinning in their 30s, and hair density gradually declines as they enter menopause in their late 40s and 50s. Women, unlike men, do not necessarily experience hair loss in an M shape pattern with hair loss on the temple and crown, but the density decreases, and the hairline recedes in a different way. Similarly, severe hair loss may occur, resulting in hair loss in patches. Hormones and genes, once again, weaken hair growth and follicles, resulting in hair loss. Female pattern baldness, like male pattern baldness, is a gradual process that begins at different times for different women, but the cause is genetic.
Treating Genetic Hair Loss in Men and Women
So far, it has been established that genetic hair loss can occur in both men and women, with different symptoms in each gender. As a result, two internationally recognized scales are used to determine the hair loss scale in men and women. The Hamilton-Norwood Scale, which has seven stages of hair loss, was developed to determine hair loss in men. The Ludwig Scale is a hair loss scale for women that has three stages of hair loss that define female pattern baldness.
These scales were created to assess male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. These scales represent the gradual hair loss associated with pattern baldness. Most people’s hair loss journeys will resemble the stages of hair loss indicated in the Hamilton-Norwood Scale and the Ludwig Scale. After determining the extent of hair loss using these scales, a personalized treatment plan can be suggested to the clients.
Barley Microneedle Hair Transplant
If genetic hair loss runs in your family and you want to treat it with hair restoration and hair transplant procedures, Barley hospital can assist you. At Barley, our hair experts will consult with you to assess the level of hair loss using the above-mentioned scales and then recommend a plan based on your needs and preferences. Our Microneedle method is the most effective way to treat pattern baldness. Barley experts use implanter pen technology to maximize hair transplant results by taking healthy grafts and planting them in the affected area. Microneedle hair transplant is a permanent hair restoration solution for men and women with pattern baldness.