Hair woes: Gravity may cause baldness
Hair woes: Gravity may cause baldness, The force of downward pull caused by the gravity on the scalp may be a key contributor to the events leading to progressive hair loss in male
The force of downward pull caused by the gravity on the scalp may be a key contributor to the events leading to progressive hair loss in male pattern baldness, a new study claims.
The effects of gravity may explain the apparently paradoxical effects of testosterone in male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia (AGA), researchers said.
“The new theory’s unparallelled ability to explain even the details of the hair loss process and the formation of the pattern in AGA is apparent,” said Dr Emin Tuncay Ustuner, a plastic surgeon in Ankara.
Ustuner’s Gravity Theory seeks to reconcile some puzzling observations related to the development and progression of AGA.
Balding areas of the scalp show increases in a potent form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), while drugs that block conversion of testosterone to DHT can slow hair loss.
In the scalp, DHT seems to cause hair follicles to become thinner. In other areas of the body, such as the underarms and genital area, DHT and other male sex hormones promote thickening of hair follicles.
Ustuner believes, in youth, the scalp has sufficient fat tissue under the skin, and it is “capable of keeping itself well-hydrated,” buffering the pressure on hair follicles.