Ethnicity and hair loss

Ethnicity And Hair Loss Patterns

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Most of us will experience hair loss in our lives regardless of gender. It’s true that men are more likely to experience it than women, but the numbers may be closer than you think. More than 80% of men will experience hair thinning or loss during the course of their lives – a sizeable percentage of which before the age of 30 – but about 50% of women will also experience hair thinning or loss.

While many of us already assume that men are more likely to experience hair thinning or loss than women, there are other factors that can contribute to it. While diet, exercise, and sleeping patterns can affect your overall hair health… those are all things we at least have some control over as opposed to our genetics and what makes us male or female.

Is it possible that other elements outside of our control like our race can contribute to our predisposition to hair loss?

Does Race & Ethnicity Contribute To Hair Loss?

There are studies that show there is some correlation between race and hair loss. Some races have higher or lower averages for when one might experience hair loss – mid 30’s on the lower end to mid 40’s on the higher end.

Other factors include the size and number of hair follicles with some ethnic groups being predisposed to having fewer, larger hair follicles as opposed to more that are smaller. Smaller hair follicles produce thinner, more fragile hair that is more prone to damage. That doesn’t necessarily translate directly to hair loss, however.

Cultural habits can have an impact on hair as well. These could include wearing tightly pulled hair predisposing people to traction alopecia or diet which also impacts hair growth or loss. These factors could affect how certain cultures and races are viewed when studying how hair loss impacts them, but it is not indicative of unavoidable hair loss due to genetic predispositions.

What Race Loses More Hair?

When it comes to the race that tends to lose the most hair, that goes to Caucasians. Additionally, West Asian (specifically Indian) people are likely to experience similar hair loss levels to Caucasians.

Afro-Caribbean people are the most likely to average higher levels of hair loss next. The least likely to experience hair loss are some segments of the Native American population. The Hispanic community is difficult to determine as to average hair loss compared with other ethnicities as many in Central and South America have mixed backgrounds between Caucasian, Black, and Native American heritages.

What Ethnic Groups Have the Least Hair Loss?

Studies have found that Native Americans have the lowest rates of hair loss from androgenetic alopecia. In fact, it’s almost unknown there, though intermarriage with Caucasians could introduce the genetic tendency toward it to a family.

East Asian men (such as those of Chinese and Japanese ancestry) are next on the list for the least hair loss. While around half of Caucasian men will experience some degree of androgenetic alopecia, a 2010 study of Chinese men found only about 13% did.

Another study from South Korea found this form of hair loss in only 14.1% of their male population. While a Japanese study found that their men experienced both fewer cases of androgenetic alopecia and that (if it did occur) it happened about a decade later than it did in Caucasian men.

Of course, not having a genetic tendency toward hair loss doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Any ethnicity can experience hair loss from stress, poor diet, radiation and/or chemo treatments, or medical conditions.

What Ethnicity Has The Highest Hair Density?

Hair density averages the highest with Caucasian hair. Every other ethnicity comes in at a lower average hair density. This can help explain to some extent as to why Caucasians lose more hair as they tend to have thicker hair and thus more hair to lose.

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