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Patterns of hair loss The most common type of hair loss in women, accounting for over 95 per cent of cases, is androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern baldness. There’s a large genetic predisposition, which may be inherited from the father or mother. The cause of hair loss in this condition is a chemical called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is made from androgens (male hormones that all men and women produce) by the action of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. People with a lot of this enzyme make more DHT, which in excess can cause the hair follicles to make thinner and thinner hair until they eventually pack up completely. The pattern of hair loss is different to the typical receding hairline and crown loss in men. Instead, there’s usually a general thinning of the hair with loss predominantly over the top and sides of the head. It usually gets worse with the menopause. Another common cause of hair loss in women is a condition called alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that affects more than two per cent of the population. In this, the hair follicles are attacked by white blood cells. The follicles then become very small and hair production…
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