Mom and Dad don’t always pass down the best genes. While you may love that cute button-nose you inherited from your mother, your balding father gave something a little less charming. Being genetically predisposed to hair loss is, unfortunately, unavoidable. Female alopecia most commonly presents itself over the entire scalp, resulting in baldness. This can be especially disastrous for older women who have grown accustomed to having a full head of hair. In some cases, alopecia occurs on the front and top of the scalp while thinning sparingly toward the sides. Learning more about the mechanisms behind genetic hair loss, the signs you may have inherited alopecia, and understanding possible solutions will give you a clear head while going through this emotionally draining time. Let’s get started.
How Does Genetic Hair Loss Work?
Specific genes, hormones, and age affect the range and severity of your alopecia. Estrone and estradiol are two ever-present hormones in the female body. Balding occurs when 5-a reductase reacts with testosterone to produce DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), the hormone responsible for the shrinking and disappearance of hair follicles. Women only have half the amount of 5-a reductase as men. This is why balding occurs differently in women than in men. With the presence of estrone and estradiol and less reductase, differing hormonal counteractions affect levels of DHT. What this means is, genetic hair loss in women does not occur in the front hair line, for that is where the most DHT is present. This is why women either start balding rapidly or start thinning on the top and sides of the scalp first.
How Do I Know My Hair Loss Is Genetic?
If you’re finding loose hair on your pillows, in the shower, or in your hair brush this could be a sign of alopecia. If you’re starting to notice thinning on the sides and top of the scalp, this is an indicator you’re experiencing female genetic hair loss, specifically. The hairline along the temples and forehead usually remain normal. Slowed genetic hair loss can be hidden more easily with comb-over techniques, however, in some cases genetic hair loss in women can cause complete baldness.
Alopecia Is Tough To Accept. Preserve Your Confidence With Wigs And Hair Solutions
Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.
At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.
To schedule a private initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can visit us online or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.