What is Androgenetic Alopecia

Understanding Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness, is a common type of hair loss that affects both men and women. It is characterized by a gradual and progressive thinning of hair on the scalp, typically beginning at the temples and crown in men and a widening of the part in women. The condition is caused by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors. It is the most common form of hair loss, and it is estimated that up to 70% of men and 40% of women will experience AGA at some point in their lives.

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In individuals with AGA, hair follicles on the scalp are genetically susceptible to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone derived from testosterone. DHT shortens the growth phase of hair follicles, leading to progressively thinner and shorter hair over time. Eventually, hair follicles may become miniaturized and stop producing hair altogether. This process is referred to as “Miniaturization”.  

Hair miniaturization is a key feature of AGA. This process involves the gradual shrinking of hair follicles, which produces thinner and shorter hairs. Over time, the hair follicles become smaller and produce finer hair, eventually leading to complete hair loss in some individuals. Hair loss can be gradual or rapid, and it can be influenced by factors such as age, hormonal changes, and stress. Hair miniaturization typically begins at the temples and crown of the head in men, and with overall hair thinning in women. It is a progressive process that can lead to complete hair loss in some individuals. 

AGA is more common in men than in women and tends to run in families. It can begin as early as puberty, but typically becomes noticeable in middle-aged or older individuals. In men, AGA may progress to complete baldness, while women generally experience thinning hair without complete baldness 

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Don’t wait until it’s too late! Take our hair quiz now to find out if you may be experiencing androgenetic alopecia (AGA) or related hair conditions such as PCOS or hirsutism. Knowing the early signs of hair loss and seeking professional help can make a huge difference in preserving your hair and preventing further damage. Take the first step towards healthy hair by taking our quiz today!

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