Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss. It affects 95% of people experiencing any kind of hair loss.
Interestingly enough, the most common form of hair loss is the same in men and women. Accordingly, the cause is the same in men and women as well.
In both men & women, androgenetic alopecia is caused by excess DHT on the scalp, which results in shrinking hair follicles. This causes hair to exit the natural hair growth cycle, and to enter the hair loss cycle.
While the cause is the same, the average age when men begin experiencing hair loss is earlier than women. This is because of the hormone behind hair loss — dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Dihydrotestosterone is created from testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone responsible for preventing osteoporosis and ensuring proper development, among other things. Throughout most of their lives, men have a higher concentration of testosterone compared to women; men require more testosterone for proper development of male characteristics.
Gradually, as women age, estrogen levels decrease, and testosterone levels increase. The body converts free testosterone into DHT, so an increase in testosterone causes the body to create more dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Some DHT is needed for regulatory purposes. DHT is primarily used for prostate regulation, and at the right concentrations, it doesn’t cause hair loss.
Though the cause of hair loss is the same in men and women, pharmaceutical treatment varies. Since the amount of testosterone in men tends to be higher, the standard form of pharmaceutical treatment is a high concentration of minoxidil.
Compared to men, women have lower concentrations of testosterone. Therefore, standard pharmaceutical treatment of hair loss in women requires a lower concentration of minoxidil. The cascade effect that can result from minoxidil use means that women must be prescribed a lower concentration of minoxidil to reduce the risk of harmful side effects.
Minoxidil doesn’t stop hair loss. Minoxidil promotes random hair growth. When used topically, minoxidil causes hair growth in the areas it was applied to. While using minoxidil, users commonly still experience hair loss. It takes longer for the missing areas to become visible because of the promotion of hair growth affect. Since minoxidil doesn’t actively stop hair loss, hair loss will begin to show again after an average of 5 years, as the promoted hair growth gradually becomes not enough to cover the missing areas.
Using scientifically proven, natural solutions stops hair loss with higher success rates and no side effects. Here’s one example. Because natural methods work with the body, there’s no need for separate formulations for men and women. Currently available pharmaceutical solutions use not clearly understood mechanisms, and drastically affect the body. Because of this, the body builds a resistant to treatment, and eventually, treatment fails.
Working with the body always proves to be a more effective, easier way. Treatments that encourage the body to do its part have a lasting effect, have less side effects, and all in all are easier to include in your daily regiment.