Since the dawn of mankind, hair has been considered a sign of strength and beauty in many cultures. We often associate abundant hair with a charismatic person. However, many people face premature hair loss that is often frowned upon.
This phenomenon, which is called androgenic alopecia, affects both men and women, but it is noted that it affects men and women more widely. Starks, a clinic specializing in hair services and age management explains why below.
A Hormonal Mechanism
There are several types of hair loss, but androgenic alopecia is a condition that affects the entire life expectancy of the hair. It is definitive and is much more common in men than in women. The reason is simple and well known: male hormones.
First of all, you should know that the average man has between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs. The scalp is, therefore, the part of the body where we find the greatest concentration of hair follicles, the cavity in which the hair grows. At its base, dermal straw ensures the nutrition of the hair and its good growth.
In men, baldness is caused by hormones, mainly testosterone. Established after puberty, it is responsible for hair loss. This hair loss comes mainly from the excessive receptiveness of the scalp to this hormone.
An enzyme, located at the level of the dermal papilla, 5 alpha-reductase, reacts with testosterone to make another hormone: dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone imposes on the hair an accelerated growth cycle. The hair follicle will then shrink, the hair will grow much finer and the growth cycles will be exhausted more quickly. The more the growth cycles are consumed, the finer the hair becomes, before simply falling out.
At a certain point, the follicular ostium (the place where the hair comes out) will heal and the hair will no longer be able to grow because all the life cycles will have been exhausted. Men therefore end up with hairless areas of the skull.
But why does androgenic alopecia affect women less? Quite simply, because the ovaries produce ten times less testosterone than the male testes. In addition, we find that during pregnancy, some women stop losing their hair, because increased estrogen levels neutralize the phenomenon.
Remedies for Alopecia
Being a genetic problem, there are no miracle cures for not losing your hair, whether you are a man or a woman. However, it is possible to delay the process thanks to different treatments such as those offered by Starks: light therapy, mesotherapy, etc.
To permanently remedy the problem of alopecia, hair transplantation is the only solution. If you would like more information on this technique, please do not hesitate to contact the Starks Clinic.
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