Early Balding: Genetics, DHT, & What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Stop Hair Loss

Welcome to our short series on different causes of hair loss and various ways to stop hair loss!

Hair loss tends to be a catch-all term; so finding information that applies to what your looking for is a pain in the ass.You know what I like more than materialistic things? Knowledge. We’ve spent so much time on research, it would practically be evil if we didn’t hand out what we’ve learned.

Here is what you need to know about hair loss:

  1. Alopecia areata — this form of hair loss affects the entire body.
  2. Scarring alopecia — loss of hair which is accompanied with scarring
  3. Male/female pattern baldness (aka androgenic alopecia or androgenetic alopecia)—an age related, reversable form hair loss that affects 40% of men and women before they turn 35. 
  4. Telogen effluvium — A reversible condition in which hair loss turns excessive as result of a stressful experience.
  5. Traction alopecia — caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair for prolonged periods of time.

Each cause of hair loss is unique. Each requires its separate treatment. Some of these can’t be treated, and some can easily be prevented.

Let’s dive right in.

Alopecia areata and scarring alopecia have no known comprehensive treatment. It’s unfortunate, but with today’s genetic engineering and gene therapy, we’re getting ever closer. Thankfully, both of these will affect only about 2% of the population. 

Male/female pattern baldness, also known as androgenic or androgenetic alopecia are caused by age and genetics. The genetic components aren’t yet fully understood. The physical causes are well known, and start with too much DHT produced in the skin on your scalp. DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, which causes hairs to begin falling out. Once the follicles are empty, your body reduces nutrient supply to the follicles, and the empty follicles begin to fill up with biological debris. There are some small molecule drugs that work with some success to help grow a little more hair. There are natural products that stop hair loss, and their effectiveness are tested & proven, scientifically! Your best options are side effect free, proven, all natural options; in those categories, you basically have 2 options: shave your head, cuz it’s pretty bad ass, or check out your natural option.

Telogen effluvium is a result of intense trauma to the body. When we say trauma, we mostly mean bodily trauma, such as surgery or an intense injury. Telogen effluvium can also result from mental stress. It can take time for the body to get over the trauma, but once your body rebalances, the hair loss will begin to reverse. *Toot toot 🎺*, for mental stress, we can help — check out our articles on living with less stress! They’re fun, funny, and super chill.

Traction alopecia is preventable. Because it results from too much tension put on hair follicles, the solution is to avoid unecessary tensile stress. In other words, don’t tie your hair back too tightly, and your hair will ❤ you again 😉.

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