Hormonal Or Hereditary Hair Loss, What’s The Difference?

We’ve now approached a time during which Baby Boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — have come of age! The Baby Boomer generation is the largest generation of Americans born in US history!

Coming of age isn’t always fun, especially when it is accompanied by a laundry list of body changes that slow us down and affect our appearance. Hint .. Hint … thinning hair and hair loss. No one wants to wake up and realize that hair issues are now on the list of aging nuances! If this sounds like your own personal experience, be encouraged, it’s time to take the first steps in determining the cause of your thinning hair and hair loss.

Determine the Cause of Hair Loss

While hormones and heredity cause most hair loss, it is important to visit your doctor or hair restoration specialist to make a final determination. A professional can rule out shedding and hair loss triggers like medication, illness, and improper hair care techniques.

By simply paying attention to your body and keeping a journal or diary of your hair loss and shedding, you will be armed with the information needed to make a proper diagnosis.

Hormonal vs. Hereditary

Gender plays an important role in determining the possible cause of hair loss. Most women tend to experience a combination of hormonal and hereditary hair-loss that can occur throughout their adult years as hormone levels change.

Hormonal shifts and fluctuations caused by pregnancy, thyroid and various autoimmune disorders can trigger hair loss. Typically, when hair loss is hormonal, there will be an unusually large amount of shedding at the onset that eventually stabilizes when the body regains balance. Examples can include pregnancy and menopause for women or low testosterone (male menopause) for men.

During hormonal shifts, the whole hair shaft sheds or breaks, but eventually will grow back to its normal density and texture over time. Sometimes the new hair noticeably changes the texture, becoming finer and straighter or coarser and kinkier.

Growth cycles are another factor to consider. The hair on the scalp grows about .3 to .4 mm/day or about 6 inches per year. Human hair growth and shedding is random and not seasonal or cyclical. At any given time, 85% of the hair is growing and the remainder is resting before falling out.

Men and women who have thinning hair without any regrowth within six months to two years may be suffering from the most common form of hereditary hair loss, androgenic alopecia.

While the gene can come from either parent, heredity hair loss is different for men and women. Women experiencing female pattern baldness may notice hair becoming thin all over, with the greatest loss along the center of the scalp.

However, men experiencing male pattern baldness may begin to notice a receding hairline, which is very rare in women.

By the age of 35, two out of three American men will experience noticeable hair loss. And women actually make up 40% of those suffering from hair loss in America. The good news is … you don’t have to accept hair loss!

Prevention and Treatment

Scientist’s believe that Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main culprit behind hair loss. DHT, a derivative of the male hormone testosterone, shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to grow or survive.

Men experiencing heredity hair loss have many preventative and treatment options available, ranging from oral DHT inhibitors, topicals, laser treatments, and cosmetic surgery. Only about 3% of women seeking surgical hair replacement qualify, there are both similar and alternative options. Most women can choose between natural oral DHT inhibitors, topicals, cold laser therapy or a combination of treatments.

For more information, call Embellishments Hair Restoration Studio and begin your journey to eliminate hormonal and hereditary hair loss with a free consultation at (513) 386-7255.


  1. American Hair Loss Association: Women’s Hair Loss: Causes of Hair Loss – http://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss/causes_of_hair_loss.asp
  2. American Hair Loss Association: Men’s Hair Loss: Introduction – http://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/introduction.asp
  3. WebMD: Women’s Hair Loss Slideshow: Thinning Hair Causes and Solutions – http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/ss/slideshow-womens-hair-loss
  4. WebMD: Expert Q and A: Fighting Hair Loss in Women – http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/features/fighting-hair-loss-in-women
  5. WebMD: Men’s Hair Loss: Treatments and Solutions – http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/ss/slideshow-solutions
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