Most people who suffer pattern baldness and hair thinning are extremely unhappy with their situation. It affects every aspect of the hair loss sufferer’s life. It affects interpersonal relationships as well as the professional lives of those suffering.
A MAN’S STORY
As men get older, they start to lose hair above the temples. The hair loss continues over time around the top of the head and sometimes claims the hair on the sides and rear of the head as well, leading to complete baldness. This is called androgenic alopecia because it’s linked with the presence of androgens (hormones that control masculine characteristics). It accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. It usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown.
Now, hair loss happens prematurely. According to Medical News Today, 50 percent of men suffer from a type of hair loss called androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. If you are a young man and suffering from thinning hair, it is very likely that you have inherited this type of permanent hair loss. However, there are other possible causes.
MayoClinic.com notes that hair loss can be caused by poor nutrition, medications, hormonal changes, overly tight hairstyles, scarring and inflammation.
A WOMAN’S STORY
Some of the most common causes of female pattern baldness is caused by hormones (9%), medications (26%), and poor scalp conditions (65%). The hereditary conditions affect millions around the world, and is the most common kind of hair loss. This happens to about 50% of women.
Most women, even the younger ones, are suffering excessive hair loss because of salon treatments. It’s self-inflicted-hairstyles like cornrows or tight braids can cause traction alopecia. Dyes, chemical treatments, bad brushes, blow dryers, and flat irons can result in damage and breakage.
An imbalance in hormone levels, sometimes caused by contraception or aging, can facilitate heightened levels of testosterone which produces a hormone known as DHT. DHT is responsible for miniaturization (shrinking) and the gradual disappearance of affected hair follicles. That’s why it’s important for women to use an organic approach that will help protect the hair follicles against fluctuations in hormone balances.