But what happens when it recedes, falls out, and dries up? Even though hair loss is commonly associated with men, woman may also experience sudden, unexpected fallout as well. Self esteem, attractiveness, and self-consciousness are all natural emotional responses tied to hair loss. However, instead of pouring over the need for a quick replacement, ask what is the root cause?
Hormones, which send messages to all areas of the body, play a dramatic role in the development, maintenance, and growth of hair, especially androgens (testosterone, androsteinedione, dihydrotestosterone/DHT). DHT, a metabolite of testosterone, is a common factor in male baldness. Along with hormone imbalances, hair loss may be the result of a poor diet. Although it is oftentimes considered a natural part of aging, hair loss is not always a given and can be prevented.
Male/Female Pattern Baldness – Characterized by balding occurring near the top of the head in men, pattern baldness can also affect women, who usually notice thinning near the front, sides, and top of the head.