Genetic Hair Loss is the most common type of hair loss. It is also known as androgen dependent hair loss, androgenic hair loss or male or female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is related to both genetic makeup and hormonal makeup.
Many of us are familiar with the term male pattern baldness, as it is the most common type of hair loss. This type of baldness is known by a receding hairline and a loss of hair that is moderate to extensive. Often the hair loss occurs on the crown of the head.
Male pattern baldness usually begins with a slowly receding hairline. Overall thinning of the scalp hair then follows. More centralized hair loss may be noticed at the crown. If left untreated the receding hairline and the balding crown will meet. The hair of the sides of the head will be all that is left. Some men are tempted to use this hair on the side to cover the top — the infamous comb-over. This is not a cure for baldness!!
Female pattern baldness tends to cause on overall thinning of the scalp hair with a moderate loss at the hairline or at the crown. Many women suffer from female pattern baldness — approximately 20 million American women. Some women begin losing their hair in their 30s with the hair loss increasing in their 40s and even more noticeable post-menopause.