It seems that alopecia in men and women goes in the same way. It turns out that it’s not true. Last time I found some interesting research – they concerned the differences between alopecia in men and in women. I’ll leave the conclusion for last and meanwhile…
Hair loss can be one of the most severe events in our lives when it comes to the self-esteem and the perception of others. Test results indicate that men:
- experience a lot of negative effects in terms of emotional and social life,
- they are busy with their baldness to a considerable degree,
- they put a lot of effort into hiding their hair loss.
For women, hair loss effects were even more drastic than for men (social and emotional effects, devoting attention to your hair and attempts to disguise hair falling out). It should not be surprising that the regeneration of hair has become a multi-billion dollar business in the world.
Androgenic alopecia – how is it in women and in men?
Male hormones – androgens are responsible for androgenic alopecia. In this case, an overproduction of testosterone translates with the additional production of DHT which causes directly the androgenic alopecia in many cases. It occurs much more often in men but women also experience this problem.
At the beginning it triggers off the formation of hair receding and the hairline recession in gentlemen. Then the bald spot appears on the top of the head and it is increased constantly. The progress will follow up until the moment when the “horseshoe” forms on the head, leaving hair only on the side and back of the head. To see how the various phases go in this case, it’s worth to take a look at the Norwood – Hamilton scale.
While it is different in the ladies. Hair thins gradually all over the head. The whole process starts noticeably at the parting line and then spread on both sides. The hair may also fall out frontally, causing regression of the forehead. The phases of hair loss in women reflects the Ludwig’s scale.
That disease is caused by age, genetics and hormonal changes in the body, causing hair’s miniaturization and hair loss.