Many of you may be thinking, “My father’s hair is thin… My grandfather’s hair is thin… So I will eventually have thin hair too… So I will eventually have thin hair, too.
In this issue, we will consider “heredity.
The tendency to thinning hair is inherited.
If your father, or any of your relatives, is from a family with thinning hair, unfortunately, you can safely assume that there is a possibility of hair loss. Thinning hair and heredity are closely related. It can be said that by looking at one’s family history, one can predict to some extent the image of one’s future head of hair.
However, there is no need to be pessimistic and believe that thinning hair cannot be stopped. Thinning hair itself is not inherited, but the “constitutional conditions” that predispose to thinning hair are inherited.
Inherited “male pattern hair loss
Among the various types of hair loss, male pattern hair loss is the most commonly inherited.
Male pattern hair loss is caused by three factors: male hormones, the enzyme “5-alpha-reductase,” and receptors. In other words, the combination of high male hormone secretion, the presence of many receptors around the hair follicles that complement male hormones, and the active action of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase causes hair loss.
Prevention is the key
If you think you have a family history of thinning hair, you may want to take early preventive measures to control thinning hair. Even though it is highly likely that the tendency to thinning hair is inherited, it does not necessarily mean that because your father is thin, you, as a son, will also become so. In fact, there are many people whose conditions change and who do not lose hair. Based on correct theory and with error-free care, the probability of having thinning hair will be small.
Women are less susceptible to genetic effects.
Since hair is easily influenced by female hormones, women are less concerned about genetic inheritance. Seborrheic alopecia, dandruff alopecia, and alopecia areata, which are related to stress and immune disorders, can also occur in women.
If you have a family history of hair loss, you should first change your daily lifestyle to a more regular one. The key point is that “what is bad for the body is also bad for the hair.