While there are many factors that contribute to hair loss, genetics is one of the most common and frustrating. Although millions of people experience genetic hair loss each year, it’s still a topic that is uncomfortable and stigmatized. Let’s dive into the genetic causes of hair loss and options available to treat it.
The primary baldness gene sits on the X chromosome, which is passed to men through their mothers. However, there are a number of other factors at play, too. Although hereditary hair loss is slightly more dominant on the mother’s side, scientists have also found that men with bald fathers are more likely to experience thinning hair.
Genetic hair loss boggles scientists to this day. Amazingly, researchers have found that more than 280 genes influence hair thinning. Hopefully in the near future we’ll have established means to identify genetic signals to predict who is vulnerable to hair loss. This way, you’ll be able to take preventative measures early on to preserve and nourish your hair.
Hair loss science is complex and ever-changing, but scientists have made breakthroughs in recent years.
Here’s what we know so far:
Although the genetic factors for hair loss are similar for both men and women, the way in which they lose hair is different.
Female hair loss begins at the scalp and the hair tends to thin slowly over time. In males, hair loss occurs far more rapidly, begins at the temples, and fades over the crown, leaving a horseshoe shape on the head. It’s quite uncommon for women to lose hair in a similar pattern to men, unless they have an excessive production of the androgen hormone in their bodies.
While there’s still much to be discovered, scientists have made immense progress over the past few decades in unlocking the causes of male and female hair loss. If you’re struggling with thinning strands, let us know! The science may be evolving, but our Activating Serum is a proven step in the right direction.