But rather than hide her hair loss, she went public. These days, after donning a hat or a wig, Nguyen is out the door in minutes. That's the way it's been, ever since she lost her hair. On a warm August evening in , Nguyen -- then a year-old musical theatre actress -- followed her normal routine. She took a late night shower, blow-dried and brushed her hair. A few minutes later, she noticed more hair than usual on her brush -- handfuls of hair had fallen out. She combed again.
Known as Androgenetic Alopecia AGA , Asian hair loss for men tends to occur first in the vertex region crown area leading then to the temple areas. For Asian women, hair loss tends to manifest in a diffuse way initially Tellogen Effluvium , starting with thinning hair all over. This may then progress to balding areas on the crown of the head. Hair loss is a distressing development in the life of a person, perhaps more so for women where social stigma highlights the importance of appearance and of hair and dress styling. Why do Asian men and women suffer hair loss?
Author: Kate East Asians were the first and only ones to come up with a definitive prevention for hair loss. Traditionally, hair loss is not as common in Asians as it is in Caucasians. In fact the racial differences in male pattern baldness , according to the McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine, see for every balding Asian man, three balding Caucasians. However, the incidence of hair loss in Asians has been on the increase and some researchers believe it may have something to do with the westernisation of Asian lifestyles. Male and female pattern hair loss is a hereditary condition characterised by progressive thinning hair.