The word balding and having a hairless head refers to a lack of hair on the head. About 25% of all men experience some kind of hair loss at age 30. At the age of 60, hair loss occurs in two-thirds of all men.
Balding usually appears when the hair at the bays begin to get thinner and disappear, and the hairline in the bays and forehead begin to creep upwards. It is also common for the hair to be scarce at the top of the head, and also over the entire head. The hair attachment usually begins to crawl upwards in men in their 20s and upwards, but there are also quite a few cases where the hair loss starts already in the early teens.
The top of the drama is called DHT, dihydrotestosterone. DHT is a hormone that has to do with sexuality and with the amount of hair on the head and body. DHT also affects the prostate. The process by which testosterone becomes dihydrotestosterone is still not fully understood. DHT causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually disappear. This means that the hair shaft that grows in the hair follicle primarily becomes thinner and shorter, and later resembles to a colorless "baby hair" and finally stops growing completely.
There are many reasons why you get balding, the most important factor is genetic heredity, and a person with many
bald men in the family is at a greater risk of suffering from hair loss, even though it is not a guarantee that one should become bald. A family that is entirely bald or almost entirely without balding men is also no guarantee that one will not lose the hair, but it reduces the likelihood.
Other factors that may be involved include illness, liver related disorders and stress. It is not uncommon for things like childbirth, major surgeries, poisoning and severe stress to lead to hair loss.
The pattern of hair loss is indicated in the so-called Norwood scale in seven steps.
Balding for Women
Although it is more rare for a woman to lose hair and become bald, it is not completely unusual. It can be even more difficult for a woman to suffer from hair loss than for a man as it is less common and less socially accepted. The reason why a woman loses hair can be too insufficient food with too little nutrition,or there may be something wrong with the scalp, or the hormones are out of balance, you might be too stressed or that you might be depressed. Female hair loss is also common during pregnancy and menopause.
Women lose hair all over their heads, which becomes thinner all over the scalp, as opposed to men who often lose in the bays and / or at the top of the head.
If you feel that you lose much more hair than you should, it may be a good idea to consult a doctor. There is a disease called Alopecia Areata where the hair is attacked by white blood cells and thinned out.