Pattern baldness is a type of alopecia that affects males and females; it is called Androgenetic Alopecia. Your body produces hormones that are male or female-specific. The theory behind pattern baldness suggests that certain individuals will experience extensive hair loss if the hormones appear in large amounts or short bursts. Approximately 50 million men and 30 million women in the US suffer from pattern baldness by the time they are 50, but it can happen much earlier! There is no definitive reason why people suffer from pattern baldness, although an individual’s genetics or hormonal changes are most likely involved. Often, this type of hair loss can be caused by medications (e.g., chemotherapy), stress (e.g., divorce), diet deficiencies (e.g., low iron).
Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss among men. The condition begins with the hairline receding above the temples, followed by overall thinning across the top of the head. To understand what male pattern baldness involves, it’s easiest to look at an image called ‘the Norwood scale.’ This scale shows seven stages of male pattern baldness. Scientists are still unsure about what causes the hair loss known as male pattern baldness. However, some factors have been linked, including heart disease, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, and high blood pressure – all of which are avoidable by making lifestyle changes. But the most common cause, unfortunately, is genetics. The Norwood scale helpfully outlines these factors to determine how severe your case maybe if you’re being affected by male pattern baldness.
Female Pattern Baldness
Female pattern baldness is widespread and causes hair to thin on the whole head or develop a shedding characteristic. Due to hormonal differences, this type of baldness more readily affects women than men, and it rarely leads to complete baldness. The triggering factors for female pattern baldness are childbirth, menopause, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). These conditions lead to an imbalance in hormone levels, causing the hair follicles to shrink and cause diffuse thinning on the scalp.
Is There a Cure?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for pattern baldness. Unless the hair loss is caused by something that you can stop (e.g., medication or diet deficiency), it may never grow back on its own. Some people opt to have a hair transplant; although they show some results, it is still a highly invasive surgical procedure that leaves extensive scarring results.
A solution for pattern baldness is scalp micropigmentation. This non-surgical treatment involves tattooing the scalp with a special cosmetic pigment pre-matched to your scalp and hair color. It’s essential to choose an expert with experience in this type of work because not all those who claim to do scalp micropigmentation have had the proper training. Not only will it cause itchy scalps, but the wrong color combination can also look ridiculous, which is why hair loss sufferers need to invest in quality. Investing in quality means working with artists who have experience and extensive training! Find an artful scalp micropigmentation specialist to help you conceal any remaining signs of hair loss here at Rockstar Ink or Forever Studios in the UK.