Hair loss has many causes which are in many cases hereditary. Hereditary hair loss is a natural condition, not a disease, and it may be experienced by anyone whose ancestors suffered from hair loss.
Male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, typically starts during the ages of the 20s and 30s and goes on with the aging process. It is a common belief that male pattern baldness is passed down from the mother’s side of one’s family and female pattern baldness is passed down from the father’s side. However, this myth is proven to be invalid by scientific studies and it is now known that hair loss can genetically be passed down to the offspring from either parent.
Baldness caused by heredity tends to begin with thinning hair and can lead to complete hair loss on some parts of the scalp. Male pattern baldness initially affects temples and crown and in the advanced stages only a small number of hairs are left on the sides and on the back of the head. Female pattern hair loss on the other hand typically affects the top of the head down the middle; forehead and temples are usually not affected. Due to their different nature of hair loss, women are able to hide their hair loss much more successfully than men. It should be mentioned that complete hair loss on the scalp is not something usual; thus, it may be an indication of a different problem such as an infection or a condition called alopecia areata.
Although hereditary hair loss is not a disease, it can be prevented and even reversed. Few medications are successful to slow down the balding process for some people. For those who would like to get their lost hair back, hair transplant procedures called FUE and FUT can now successfully restore the lost hair and therefore hereditary hair loss is now a condition not to be feared anymore.