IS HAIR LOSS HEREDITARY?


Hair loss can affect a lot of people. In fact, around 40 per cent of men suffer from male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. A lot of people are likely to start losing their hair with age, but some people experience this a lot sooner, between the ages of 20 and 30.

So why do some people go bald and others don’t? The answer most likely lies in your genes. According to the myth, hair loss is supposed to be passed down the generations from your mother’s side, but this simply isn’t the case. You can inherit the hair loss gene from either side of your family. If you take a look at the different members of your family – your mother, father, uncles, aunties and grandparents – then you may be able to identify how your own head of hair might turn out.
The Science
The key factor that causes hair loss is hormones. The hormone that stimulates hair growth is called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), but people who suffer from hair loss have sensitivity to this hormone in their scalp follicles which reduces proper hair growth. This often results in thinner or shorter hairs growing, and then eventually growth will stop altogether.
It often seems that men suffer from hair loss more so than women, but that’s only because hairs stop growing on different areas of the scalp. With women, hair thinning and hair loss starts behind the hairline, or on the top of the head, whereas men experience hair loss on their crown.


How can you prevent it?
Even though there’s no way to stop baldness from happening altogether, there are other ways which you can slow down the process. There are some products that you can buy which act to reverse the progression of hair loss such as Rogaine. This is a type of hair-regrowth medication which contains Minoxidil; an antihypertensive vasodilator which allows more blood, oxygen and nutrients access to the hair follicle.
Alternatively, there are other ways to treat hair loss, such as hair transplants which can achieve effective and natural results and are made to last.
What if it’s not hereditary? 
There are some cases where hair loss can occur without it running in your family. This can be caused by a multitude of factors. For example, it could be because of lifestyle choices such as smoking and a bad diet. It could also be the result of stress or different conditions that you may have. If you’re suffering from hair loss then it might be a good idea to get checked out at the doctors to get to the root of the problem.
At DHI, we provide hair restoration services in Manchester as an established firm of 45 years. We offer treatments to both men and women and can offer our expert advice on any enquiries that you might have. For more information about our services, feel free to contact us at 0161 839 3769