4 Common Categories of Hair Loss
Most people are familiar with hair loss. Many understand that it can actually affect both men and women of virtually any age. However, very few realize that hair loss is not a single, simple diagnosis, but that it is actually a common symptom that can be caused by a variety of different conditions. This is one of the reasons why finding the correct diagnosis and treatment for hair loss can be difficult, and why Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis at The Griffin Center continue to study every possible underlying cause and treatment option. Although all of the various causes of hair loss are too numerous to list here, the most common can be broken down into four general categories.
By far the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, genetic pattern baldness, which is known as androgenetic alopecia, occurs when the hair follicles have inherited an increased sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (or DHT). This hormone is a natural by-product of the breakdown of testosterone in the body and is present, in varying degrees, in both men and women. When sensitive hair follicles are exposed to DHT they begin to shrink and their growth cycle shortens. Over time, they produce gradually thinner and thinner hair strands until, eventually, they stop producing hair altogether.