What Happens To Hair Diameter As You Age?

June 10th, 2010

Q: What happens to hair diameter when you age?

A: From infancy to puberty, hair gets progressively thicker. From adulthood to old age the hair becomes thinner again and this is exacerbated by the effects of DHT in susceptible persons. The later process is called androgenetic alopecia (common baldness) and is characterized by miniaturization – the progressive decrease in hair diameter and lengths as a result of DHT.

However, even without the effects of DHT, hair gradually thins over time in many people.

Read more about hair growth and hair loss in men and women.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on June 10th, 2010 at 12:30 pm


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