Genetics, Heredity, and Hair Loss:
The Main Cause of Hair Loss (and what to do)
There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss. Some are external and easy to identify and treat such as rough or abusive styling, poor scalp and hair health, or the clogging of follicles with ingredients like mineral oil and petroleum. Others are driven by internal factors such as hormonal imbalances, stress, dietary issues, and of course genetics.
Determining the root cause (or causes) is essential before choosing ways to address your hair loss.
Genetics often play the largest role in both male and female hair loss. It can begin as early as the 20s for men and becomes more common with women in their 40s and 50s. Men will often experience a receding hairline or thinning at the crown. But women may notice a widening of their hair part, a thinner ponytail, or a receding hairline near the temples. Heredity hair loss is simply a result of a natural combination of genetic sensitivity, hormones, and the aging process.
The leading culprit is a natural enzyme called 5 Alpha Reductase found in the skin and scalp. This enzyme reacts with the natural testosterone we all have in our bodies to form a powerful androgen called DHT (dihydrotestosterone).
If you are genetically sensitive… DHT attacks and inflames the hair follicle cutting off of blood flow and denying it vital nutrients and oxygen essential for healthy hair growth. This inflammation actively “shrinks” the follicle in a process called “Miniaturization".
The production of DHT actually alters the normal hair growth cycle by shortening the Anagen (growth) phase and extending the Telegon (resting) phase so new hair grows back thinner and more brittle. This type of hair loss is progressive and if left untreated… your affected follicles eventually stop growing hair entirely. This is referred to as Follicle Atrophy; when the hair follicles become permanently damaged and are replaced by scar tissue.
This type of hair loss often gets worse when estrogen is lost during menopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels decrease while testosterone increases - giving the 5-Alpha Reductase more opportunities to create DHT. The best way to prevent, slow down, and sometimes even change the course of hair loss is by addressing DHT and Scalp Health.
There are certain medications to help block DHT but they often come with undesirable side effects. Eufora takes a natural approach with our ProAmino Cell Complex™ to prevent DHT from forming with plant-based technology and botanical extracts.