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Androgenetic alopecia (genetic hair loss) occurs in both men and women. Genetic hair loss in woman is much more common that most people believe and affects at least half of all women to some extent by the age of 50. Hair loss in both men and women can even start as early as one’s teen years. Many people deny any family history of hair loss. We all inherit genes from both sides of our family and sometimes the combinations of genes that we get are the right combination for genetic hair loss. It is a myth that ‘hair genes’ come only from the mother’s side of the family.

Treatment: There are several treatments for genetic hair loss including Minoxidil (Rogaine), Finasteride (Propecia), laser, Spironolactone (in women), hair transplantation and various forms of camouflage. Hair extensions such as weaves are not recommended since they may ultimately contribute to further hair loss (see traction alopecia).