Why do People go Bald and Experience Hair Loss?
Losing Hair is normal for all of us but if it’s too much, there’s something that is not right in our body.
There are two main factors why people get bald, the first one is Hormones. A Hormone (according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary) is a natural substance that is produced in the body and that influences the way the body grows or develops.
DHT makes certain Hair Follicles to start shrinking. According to the research, Men are more prone to Baldness because of Androgenic Alopecia or what we call Male-Pattern Baldness which means that men will lose their hair no matter what happens.
They are destined to lose their Hair in a certain pattern because of DHT in their body.
Male and Female Pattern Baldness
Male-Pattern Baldness starts from the temples of the head, to the top of the forehead and lastly to the top of their scalp.
Women are not exempted in this balding process; they too will lose their hair but not as early as men.
Women have less Testosterone than Men and also, they have Estrogen that masks their Testosterone for them not to lose their hair and to weaken the effect of DHT.
The Balding process is not only caused by hormones, it is also a result of genetics.
Both Men and Women have genes in their body called X-Chromosome. The X-Chromosome is the gene connected with the growth of our hair so whatever version of the genes they’ve inherited on that chromosome will be probably expressed in their body.
Men only have one X-Chromosome which means that if the chromosome that they inherited from their parents will be transferred to them.
Females on the other hand, have two X-Chromosomes which mean that they have a big chance that the bald gene that inherited can be masked by the other chromosome.
There are other genes aside from X-Chromosome that results to baldness like Chromosome 20 which makes men seven times more likely to go bald.
And it doesn’t seem to influence whether females experience Hair Loss. There are some drugs/medications that can prevent your hair from losing:
- Finasteride-works by blocking production of DHT
- Minoxidil-increases blood flow to hair follicles and widens them
Why Men are likely to experience Hair Loss than Women?
Watch this Video to fully understand
Our Hair is made of Keratin, the same material that is in our nails which is one of the toughest materials found in our body.
And according to some research, all of the Hair found in a human’s body can support or carry an elephant or two. Amazing isn’t it?
Hair has no living cell; the whole strand is just a shiny, long and beautiful dead material. Even though the strands of Hair in our head are dead, the base holding it and preventing it to be removed is alive.
There are veins holding the Hair and blood vessels use those veins to transport nutrients from the body to the Hair.
So when a hair is removed or when it’s too short for those veins to hold on to, new hair will be formed because of the nutrients given by the body to the base of the hair strands.
Hair can grow between 2-8 years before another replacement arise. So expect that whenever your baby grows old, his/her hair will grow up to its full length the time he/she was 8 years old.
So when your hair falls out when you just took a haircut, you should start re-arranging your hair hygiene to prevent baldness.
According to the study, there is a gene passed from your mother that can cause your Hair to lose its grip from your scalp.
So if the genes from your mother is dominant in your body when it comes to hair are affected or infected by the genes with Hair Loss, you will surely Lose Hair from mid 30s to 40s.
Five percent of Hair Transplants are carried out from Women so it means that when you’re going to have a Hair Transplant, the Hair that will be planted in your head came from women.
The cause of this baldness in your head is DHT or Dihydrotestosterone which is the cause of the shrinking of your hair follicles that makes it weaker.
To help you better understand the above, please watch this Video.
There are plenty of myths that people say that when it comes to Hair Loss like:
- When your maternal grandfather gone bald, you will too because the genes from your maternal grandfather will be transferred to you then you will inherit the baldness to your body
- You should always go to a massage center to have a scalp massage because it gives your hair more blood
- When you shave your head, more hair will grow back and it will be more shiny and beautiful
But I tell you this; these Myths are bogus which mean that they are not true.
Whatever way you can do to prove these myths, they will just be a waste because there are more reasons why people lose Hair or how you can grow your Hair back than these bogus statements.
There are 40 million Americans (both men and women) losing their hair according to the statistics and they are spending billions and billions of dollars just to make sure that their hair grows back.
They are paying experts to conduct a Hair Transplant on them; they will do anything just to make their crown of glory stay beautiful. Some of them cannot afford hair transplants so they are buying wigs, toupees and stuffs to put on their hair to make them look good.
There are three phases that our hair should undergo before they fall out:
- Anagen– this is the phase where the hair has fully grown into a shiny and luscious long hair.
- Catagen– this is the phase where the hair is (little by little) drying out and falling out.
- Telogen– this is the phase that all of us don’t want. In this phase, the hair will fall out completely from our head.
According to the study, 50-100 hairs are falling out from our head every day and it is a part of the Telogen Cycle that is elaborated above.
It is normal for our Hair to lose but if the Hair Falling out from our head is too many than the normal count, you should consult a doctor to prevent your Baldness.
Losing Hair, according to others is a sign of maturity where you can be more authoritative-looking than your old hair style.
There are Men who are bald and pretty handsome like: Lex Luther, Dr. Evil, Professor X and many more. So there are also some advantages for all of those people that lost their hair.
Do you really want to know why people lose their Hair? Here are some of the real reasons behind the hair loss of both Men and Women.
- Androgenetic Alopecia otherwise known as male pattern baldness. In this state, men have a certain patterns in losing their hair.
- Dihydrotestosterone-this is the hormone affecting mostly men and causing them to lose their Hair. If you’re sensitive to DHT, you’ll produce weaker, thinner hair causing them to fall out easily.
- Alopecia Areata
- Illnesses and some medicine for illnesses like chemotherapy etc.
- Smoking and many more.
Here is the Video to help you understand all these.
So now you know why people get Bald? If you’re experiencing these things, you should consult your doctor now or change your hair hygiene.
What are the things you do or use to prevent Baldness or hair from falling out? please let us know in the comments section below. I’m sure a lot of people would be interested to know as well.