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How Genetics Can Predict The Next 20 Years Of Your Hair Loss

Many of us are aware of the common myth that, for men, your chance of going bald is determined by your mother’s father.

Look to your maternal grandfather, and if he lost his hair at a young age, so will you. 

But before you start blaming your Mom for any hair loss you may be experiencing, it’s wise to understand the genetics of losing your hair, and the impact your family history of hair loss can have on the condition of your curls.

Androgenic Alopecia – also known as Male Pattern Baldness – does appear to be heavily influenced by genetics… But not just from your mother’s side. To best determine your likeliness of losing your hair, you need to look to both your parent’s gene-pools, as well as understanding any other contributing factors in your own lifestyle, too.

And it’s not just men that should be concerned…

Both men and women experience hair loss, but most research commonly focuses on male subjects (and male pattern baldness). Because of this, a lot less is known about female hair loss, although it’s estimated that Female Pattern Hair Loss affects over 30 million women in America. [1]

Genetics Are The Biggest Factor In Hair Loss

All of our physical traits are a result of a complex mix of genetics and environment. From our skin tone to our body shape, it’s a case of nature and nurture, with things like smoking, diet and stress levels affecting the rate of balding, too. But our predisposition to hair loss, and the overall condition and health of our hair appears to be especially dependent on our genes.

According to a study by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, heredity counts for around 80% of the condition. [2] But not only do our genes create an inevitable hair-loss timeline, but we can also inherit a sensitivity to DHT, which is the hormone most commonly associated with male pattern baldness. DHT uptake, over time, can cause the hair follicles to thin and shrink, which leads to fewer and fewer hairs being able to grow and thrive. Eventually, DHT sensitivity can result in complete baldness.

The "Hair-Loss Culprit" Gene

DHT is a by-product of testosterone, and the Androgen Receptor (AR) is the receptor on our hair follicles that react with the DHT to cause hair loss. The Androgen Receptor is known as the "Hair Loss Culprit" gene and is passed to us on the X chromosome from our mother’s side. This is why our mother’s father usually takes the brunt of the blame.  However, if you are a man experiencing MPB, there is a chance that you are carrying a baldness-related gene from your father, too. Recent research has shown that there are 11 other genetic sequences that can cause hair loss, not just those on the X chromosome. [3]

So, What Can Be Done About It?

Although Pattern Baldness is genetic, there are some things you can do to treat and prevent the worrying grip of hair loss, before it’s too late. Treatments for hair loss are wide-ranging; from natural, topical nourishers, proven to stimulate the hair follicle and hydrate the scalp for the optimum growth environment… to the more extensive treatments, including follicle transplants and risky medication.

Here are our top 5 ways to prevent hair loss and re-grow healthy hair:

1. Feed your scalp with the right vitamins and nutrients.

Most people are aware of the benefits we get from taking daily vitamins, but did you know, that there are certain supplements that can transform the health of your hair? Our hair is made up of proteins, mainly keratin, and biotin, and therefore a protein-rich diet is necessary to attain the levels needed for hair growth. To give your roots an extra boost, it's recommended that adding a daily biotin supplement to your diet is vital. Look out for a supplement that contains Biotin, Protein Peptides, Vitamin C and Vitamin A, as well as Zinc - as this is proven to boost circulation to the scalp, which feeds your follicles with the oxygen and nutrients they need. For an advanced supplement that contains all of these, click here.

2. Use a stimulating shampoo.

Using the right products on your hair is vital for prolonging the hair loss experience, but also to ensure no more damage is done by harmful, toxic chemicals. There are many scalp-stimulating shampoos on the market, including ones rich in caffeine, that promise to boost your circulation and activate your dormant follicles. Here at Cel, our best-selling Stem Cell Thickening Shampoo is one of the country’s most popular hair stimulation products. Made with an expert blend of Ginseng Stem Cells and nourishing ingredients, it works to thicken, stimulate and encourage healthier hair growth when used regularly.


3. Avoid smoking and excess drinking.

Smoking and drinking have been linked to hair loss, so if you are trying to avoid balding, you may want to re-think your habits. Smoking restricts the amount of oxygen in the blood, causing hair follicles to become dormant and inactive. Drinking alcohol can also cause hair loss, as it disrupts the nutrients needed for an optimal scalp condition.

4. Reduce your stress levels.

Stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss in both males and females, causing temporary, and sometimes permanent, alopecia. There are 3 main types of stress-related hair loss; Telogen Effluvium, where significant stress causes hair follicles to enter their resting stage, stopping hair growth in its tracks. Trichotillomania, where sufferers get the urge to pull hairs out to deal with stress or tension. And Alopecia Areata, which is caused by severe stress and makes your immune system attack your own hair follicles.

5. Advanced Plant Stem Cell Technology

If the effect of your genetic hair-loss has already begun, then you’ll want to find a way to reverse it and continue growing thick, healthy hair. That’s where we come in. Our Microstem Hair Growth Formula has been scientifically proven in an advanced clinical trial to encourage the growth of more, healthy hair, and stimulate dormant follicles back to optimum growth function. Using Asparagus Stem Cells to block the uptake of DHT, and Biotin to improve the keratin infrastructure of the hair, this unique ampoule treatment will result in more hair growth and reduced hair loss after just 8 weeks. 

Final Thoughts

Although common, hair loss doesn’t need to be an accepted part of your genetics. Yes, your X chromosome will be responsible for your susceptibility to lose your hair, but you are responsible for how well you look after it and prevent it from happening! Try a few of these hair-loss prevention tips above, and see if you can reverse your hair-loss-destiny and enjoy thick, luscious locks for longer!



Rachel Cleverley

Part writer, part skin-care enthusiast, I can usually be found blogging away with the latest facemask or eye cream on! With specific interest in how our health and fitness can affect our beauty routine, and how science can boost regular, drugstore products.


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