Hair loss is disturbing for both men and women. Having a full head of hair makes you feel youthful and attractive, and can be a sign of vitality and health. Excessive hair loss is defined as losing more than 100 hairs per day and can be caused by a variety of factors. Many of these causes are reversible, although some are not.
This is the cause of hair loss that you cannot escape. If one of your parents passes along the gene for hair loss, or especially if both parents do, you can expect to suffer the results. Your genetic makeup will determine the age at which you begin to lose your hair, how fast you will lose it, and how much you will ultimately lose.
During hereditary hair loss, the hair follicles begin to shrink and eventually stop producing hair altogether. In men, this results in male pattern baldness which shows up as a receding hairline and bald patches. In women, female pattern baldness most often begins after menopause and results in overall thinning of the hair.