Hairloss is something that sooner or later will affect all people, men, and women, to a larger or lesser degree. Some people start losing their hair as early as 16-17 years old while others keep full hair way into life.
There are many reasons for the hair getting thinner and thinner. The utmost important factor is genetics. Diseases, stress, and medication are other factors and often there is a combination of issues triggering the starting of losing the hair.
For men facing hair loss, the reason is almost always the genetic process controlling it. The male androgen hormone, testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone, DHT, which will attack the hair follicles and make them grow weaker and shrink together producing eventually a nongrowing follicle.
For women, there is no single factor responsible for the hair getting thinner and thinner. Most often there is a combination of factors contributing in most cases including genetics but not always. The level of different hormones in females and the change of concentrations over time have a great impact on hair growth. Lack of iron and thyroid deficiency are other common issues for women.
Common for all is the great pain of losing the hair. Many suffer from a lack of self-esteem and urge to isolate themselves, to avoid people. Many are also filled with shame especially among women where people traditionally do not expect to see hair loss. Historically hair loss has always been treated as a mail problem, even though there are no real differences between the sexes.
Many times there are ways to change the negative trend of losing the hair. There are different treatments that could help including laser, mesotherapy or different kinds of products, like vitamins. All these can affect the rate and degree of hair loss and eventually make the hair grow back. If a person has lost too much hair a hairpiece or a wig could be the solution or even a hair transplant. Commonly for all treatments is the fact that you sooner you start the treatment after realizing the hair loss problem the better are the chances of success with the treatment.
Waiting too long is common but then people will stand a lesser chance of positive results from the treatment or worse no result. This fact goes for both men and women.
There are also drugs to use, Rogaine (active substance is minoxidil) and this works well for both men and women.
Approximately 70-80 percent of people taking these drugs get a positive result within 4-8 months. Both these drugs come from research involving different parts of the body and also comes with some side effects. Possible libido being the most important. But the most negative issue being the lifelong use of the drug which is mandatory. If one quits using the drugs the gained effect will be lost in as short as three months.
Research in the area of hair loss is intense around the globe. Results have been produced in many Universities and different genetic DNA sequences have been discovered that affect hair growth. This summer in the USA a large research team also discovered some fundamental issues for solving the mystery of Alopecia Areata, the decease also called patchy hair loss. It is an autoimmune decease affecting huge numbers of people worldwide, including lots of young children.
So mankind will eventually see much progress in the area of hair loss in the coming years and hopefully, there will be a cure in 10-20 years from now.