HomeTrichologyHair Condition = Genetics + Epigenetics. What does it mean?
Hair Condition = Genetics + Epigenetics. What does it mean?
Anna Kuznetsova, trichologist
Epigenetics. It is commonly accepted that hair is an indicator of the health of the body, that in a healthy body there is not only a healthy mind, but also healthy hair.
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Indeed, many factors can influence the condition of the hair – lifestyle and stress levels, eating habits, physical activity and general health, environmental factors, etc. But all these factors can only be decisive for reactive hair loss (telogen). For most hair diseases , they will have only a slight additional effect as genetic factors play a major role in the onset and development of most hair and scalp conditions.
Genetics. Sad news for those who like to heal their hair “from the inside” – the vast majority of hair diseases are genetically determined. Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), a condition that is the leading cause of hair loss in both men and women, alopecia areata and many scarring forms of hair loss are genetically determined. This means that the appearance of this or that type of alopecia in a particular person will depend primarily on the presence or absence of certain sets and combinations of relevant genes responsible for the development of this type of alopecia. In the presence of other combinations of the same genes, the disease may not progress, which explains the frequent absence of apparently genetic disease in first-line relatives. And the main element of treatments for hair diseases, with a minimum number of side effects, is in most cases topical therapy (preparations and topical treatments). Contrary to popular belief that treating “the cause from within” is self-sufficient, proper nutrition and vitamins are helpful and may be effective, but not always and not for everyone.
That is why at Hairmitage we believe in the synergistic effects of trichology, dermatology, endocrinology, dietetics and other fields. We arrange each therapy individually after detailed consultations and tests. This is the only way to achieve the desired results!