Hair loss can feel like a lonely journey. However, it affects more people than you may think. Two-thirds of men will struggle with hair loss at some point in their lives.
And, women make up 40% of all cases of hair loss. So, even though you may feel like you are the only person self-conscious about a receding hairline or thinning part line, know that you are not alone.
The most common cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia - a condition that tends to run in families and is most likely caused by an increased sensitivity to DHT. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgen (or male sex hormone). It is a derivative of testosterone and is responsible for the development of male sex characteristics such as body hair. However, it can also cause hair loss earlier in your life.
Some people have an increased sensitivity to DHT, especially when it attaches to receptors on your hair follicles in your scalp. When it binds to cells in your hair follicle, it can cause them to shrink and eventually stop growing.
Of course, there are other causes of hair loss aside from androgenic alopecia. Both men and women may experience hair loss because of:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Illnesses and infection
- Skin conditions
One condition that nearly everyone will encounter at some point in their lives is telogen effluvium. This condition is caused by a highly stressful or traumatic event that causes a large portion of your hair to shift from the growing phase to the resting phase. Examples of stressors that may induce telogen effluvium are childbirth, surgery, loss of a loved one, or a significant life change. While this type of hair loss is rarely permanent, it can take a long time for your hair to regrow to its original thickness.