Baldness - Causes and Solutions.
Baldness: It is a subject that many people will actively try to avoid talking about and not something that will come up in a lot of public conversations. People tend to have a misunderstanding about baldness and its causes and some can be a little harsh when the subject is brought up. If you are noticing a little bit of thinning in your hair or an excess amount of hair loss then read on some of the causes.
What exactly is baldness and what causes it?
The basic definition of Baldness is ‘having a lack of, or having no, hair where it commonly grew before’. Generally, we think of the hair on the head when we think of being Bald, but that is not the only place where your hair can be affected. Though, most people don’t really care that much about losing hair anywhere else besides the top of their head. Clothes can cover most anything we don’t want seen but there aren’t many ways to wear your hat before people start noticing your hair loss.
Physically speaking, male pattern baldness is recognized and characterized by the beginning of loss of hair from each side of the head. As the loss continues moving back, also known as a ‘receding hairline’, it may eventually cover most of the hair, if not all of it.
Male pattern baldness can also be called androgenic alopecia and only affects adult males. It is the most common form of hair loss and baldness among men. Generally, most all men will have some genetic predisposition to male pattern baldness regardless of their background.
Naturally, the testosterone that is produced in males after puberty will be converted by the body to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Hair follicles do not ‘like’ this type of hormone and it would cause adverse reactions within the follicle as time passes. Eventually, this chemical will cause the hair growth to slow down dramatically and can even cause it to stop completely.
It is actually a completely natural and normal process, as far as your body is concerned. About a fourth (25%) of men will begin balding by their 30’s and over half of men will begin balding by the time they are in their 60’s.
Baldness does not just affect men, either. Many women, especially ones that are in their 70’s or older, can be effected a great deal by hair loss and baldness. While it is usually more seen in men, it is estimated that over half of women will experience a dramatic hair loss from their 60’s and up into their much later years.
Many things can cause baldness but, typically, baldness, especially patterned baldness, is more to do with genetic sequences and predetermination than effects cause by the environment. That isn’t to say that effects from your work or living environment cannot affect your hair loss, because they can; generally, that will be a different type of hair loss and, most likely, will not involve true baldness.
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