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Old 11-04-2019, 08:44 AM
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Does hair loss happen all over the human body equally?


When one's hair lessens on the head(thinning and/or receding), does hair all over the body do the same and, if so, does it lessen at the same rate?
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:56 AM
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No. If you're talking about male pattern baldness, that affects scalp hair only. It doesn't even affect other head hair. Have you ever seen someone with naturally a bald upper lip?

There is a notable poem on the subject:

In this vale
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:03 AM
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No. Cite: my chest.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:05 AM
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Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who hosted a public radio program called Car Talk, used to joke that head hair migrated to one's ears and noses.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:06 AM
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I can only speak to my experience, but I am only loosing hair on the top of my head, the sides of my head still grows fairly thick as does my face and everywhere else.
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I can only speak to my experience, but my body hair seems to me to be considerably diminished.

Maybe this works differently in women?
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:17 AM
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No. Balding is the process of hair migrating from the top of your head to your ears, shoulders, back, and inside your nose. Some of it travels from above your ankles to those places, and your eyebrows as well.
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:21 AM
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I can only speak to my experience, but my body hair seems to me to be considerably diminished.

Maybe this works differently in women?
It does. Hair loss in men typically follows a pattern, with a receding hairline and bald patch in the center. Head hair loss in women, which is much less common, generally consists of thinning across the entire scalp.

I have not heard of body hair loss being a common condition in either sex.
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If you have alopecia there is some chance you'll lose all the hair on your body.

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I have not heard of body hair loss being a common condition in either sex.
Interesting. I had assumed it was menopausal; but, while some sites do seem to refer to it, it may be a more unusual result than I'd thought. Maybe I'll mention it at my next doctor's appointment.

Head hair is overall a bit thinner but there's still a great deal of it there. Eyebrows are fine. Facial hair growth has increased significantly (which is known to happen in some women after menopause.) Leg and armpit hair is a lot less conspicuous than it was, though there's still some there. I don't think the change was sharply at menopause, I think it's been gradual over many years, possibly starting before periods stopped, but I'm not sure about that last. -- as most women in current USA culture seem to shave legs and armpits routinely, I wonder whether the symptom is in fact common but is often not noticed?
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:08 PM
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If hair loss is due to diabetes, it's different. I've lost more than 75% of my body hair, starting with my lower legs. The hair on top of my head is still there, but thinner... and at 73, still dark brown.
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No. Cite: my chest.
I was going to say, if anything, it seems like whatever hair is not growing on my head is just ending up elsewhere. Not that I've seen a lot of bald guys shirtless, but they seem to me to be more hirsute, if anything.
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:53 PM
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The hair on top of my head is all gone; on the side it is still there although possibly thinner. My beard seems as heavy as ever. But the hair on my arms and legs and maybe chest are definitely thinner than they used to be. My wife and I are going through some old photos and were astonished how hairy my arms used to be. It is not a question of them paling out, just thin.

Another curiosity. The remaining hair on my head, the beard and mustache are pure white, not a trace of black, all except my eyebrows. Can't imagine why.
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:14 PM
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Interesting. I had assumed it was menopausal; but, while some sites do seem to refer to it, it may be a more unusual result than I'd thought. Maybe I'll mention it at my next doctor's appointment.
I've mentioned to two doctors that my body hair is less than it used to be. Apparently, it is a known effect of menopause, but is by no means universal, and yes, driven by hormones. But since I'm having zero other symptoms no one seems concerned about it.

Although other reasons for losing body hair exist, from benign (friction with tight-fitting clothes) to pretty damn serious (poor circulation due to things like heart/blood vessel disease or diabetes, as just one example).
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It does. Hair loss in men typically follows a pattern, with a receding hairline and bald patch in the center.
The old joke goes:

If a man is going bald from the front, it means he's a thinker.
If a man is going bald from the center, it means he's sexy.
When the bald patches from the front and back meet, it's a man who only thinks he's sexy.
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My mother's two youngest sisters had male pattern baldness. It was quite unsettling to see them in their 70s and 80s with their hairlines receding from their foreheads to somewhere around their ears.
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Sadly while the hair on my head has given up the ghost, the hair production in my ears and nose have taken up the slack. Dammit

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No. Cite: my chest.
No. Cite: my back.
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I'm not losing it on my head or anywhere else, and am growing more in my nose and ears. I wouldn't be surprised if it started growing on my forehead at this point.
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:12 PM
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My mom said that her leg hair lessened in menopause, but the hair on her head is still thick and healthy 15 years in.
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My pubic hair is about 90% gone compared to two years ago, when I got my breast cancer diagnosis and started taking hormone blockers. However, my underarm hair doesn't seem to be thinning, and I have acquired a few coarse hairs on my chin (which I tweeze) and interestingly, my leg hair seems to be getting thicker.

ETA: It's not so much gone, as that the hair on my mons veneris (the front part) is thinner and straighter.

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As noted upthread, even hair on the head isn't lost uniformly. The basis for hair transplant surgery is some hair, such as those on the back of the head, are genetically predisposed toward not falling out, making them ideal for being inserted where hair is desired. Cite.
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:47 PM
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The reason you lose hair on the top of your head with male pattern baldness is because of dihydrotestosterone, which is a sex hormone. Some hair follicles have more DHT receptors than others, so the ones with the most receptors are the most sensitive to being damaged by DHT. The hair follicles on the sides of your head aren't as sensitive to DHT, so when you have male pattern baldness you lose hair on the top but not on the sides of your head as often.

Drugs designed to treat baldness generally work by inhibiting DHT synthesis or blocking DHT receptors (I believe).
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My mother's two youngest sisters had male pattern baldness. It was quite unsettling to see them in their 70s and 80s with their hairlines receding from their foreheads to somewhere around their ears.
This is probably the result of a woman getting the male pattern baldness gene on both of their X chromosomes.
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@ thorny locust and Broomstick - you aren't alone. The hair on my arms pretty much vanished after menopause. I still get leg and armpit hair, but much less and it grows in more slowly. Less shaving for me, so no complaints.
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I've still got a thick mop atop my head in my early fifties. My dad is eighty and his hair is only slightly thinning, so I guess I'm lucky that way.

On the other hand, the slow migration south is well underway. WTF are these tree trunks growing in my eyebrows all about?
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From what I recall from my readings on the subject many moons ago, the testosterone that is responsible form male pattern baldness interestingly enough also causes hair to grow on other parts of the body. When I was a teenager, I wanted a hairy chest. After reading the above, I changed my mind on this matter.
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I also recall a report of a female cancer patient who complained that while she lost the hair on her head while undergoing chemotherapy, she didn't lose the hair on her legs, armpits, whatever, that she would normally remove.
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From what I recall from my readings on the subject many moons ago, the testosterone that is responsible form male pattern baldness interestingly enough also causes hair to grow on other parts of the body. When I was a teenager, I wanted a hairy chest. After reading the above, I changed my mind on this matter.
While this is often assumed, and while male pattern baldness and body hair are both influenced by testosterone, there isn't a real correlation. Male pattern baldness isn't caused by high testosterone, but rather the genetic susceptibility of head hair to testosterone. Male pattern baldness can affect men with average and low levels of testosterone as well.
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As noted upthread, even hair on the head isn't lost uniformly. The basis for hair transplant surgery is some hair, such as those on the back of the head, are genetically predisposed toward not falling out, making them ideal for being inserted where hair is desired. Cite.
This raises a question: does transplanted hair fall out too ?
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This raises a question: does transplanted hair fall out too ?
From the Wikipedia cite, it seems that although some hair loss post transplant does happen, it due to the transplant not taking hold rather than whatever caused the hair loss in the first place. It's the hair follicles that are resistant to hair loss, so if they are transplanted carefully, with no damage to the follicles, they should stick well in their new location.
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Nm. Already answered

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