Genetics can play a significant role in hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, is a genetic condition that is the most common cause of hair loss. It is inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family.
Androgenetic alopecia is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones. Hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes them to shrink and produce weaker, thinner hair. Over time, this can lead to the progressive miniaturization of hair follicles, eventually resulting in hair loss.
The inheritance pattern of androgenetic alopecia is complex and can vary from person to person. In men, the condition typically presents as a receding hairline and baldness on the top of the head. In women, it typically causes diffuse hair thinning on the crown of the head. However, the pattern and severity of hair loss can vary widely among individuals.
It’s important to note that not all cases of hair loss are caused by genetics, and other factors such as hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, and medical conditions can also play a role. If you are experiencing hair loss, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider or a dermatologist to determine the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.