Hair Loss Advice

5 causes of hair loss

By Alex

Hair loss can affect everybody at some point in their life and there are many causes of hair loss. Some causes are natural and cannot be stopped; other causes can easily be stopped. We have listed 5 of the most common causes of hair loss.

1. tight hair styles

Having your hair in a tight hair style such as braids or even a high pony tail can cause hair loss. This is referred to as traction alopecia; the hair on the scalp can begin to shed because the hair is put under extreme tension from the tight hair style.

2. Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is the name given to the condition where an individual develops a habit of plucking or pulling the hair from their head and other areas of the body. The habit is seen as an obsessive compulsive disorder and people tend to pull the hair out when they are nervous or in stressful situations.

The condition, if severe, can lead to bald patches. However, if the underlying cause of the habit stops, then the hair typically grows back.

3. Vitamin deficiency

Having a balanced diet and ensuring that your body gets the right vitamins and nutrients is an important part of hair growth. The correct nutrients can promote hair growth. Having a vitamin deficiency can lead to the loss of hair, deficiencies in protein and vitamin B are linked with hair loss.

A vitamin deficiency can be easily solved by both re-evaluating your diet and ensuring you get the correct nutrients, or by taking vitamin supplements.

4. Stress

Physical stress such as having surgery or psychological stress caused by major trauma, such as a death in the family, leading to hair loss. Stress can send the body into a state of shock which changes the hormone balance.

This can lead to telogen effluvium, which triggers your hair follicles into the resting phase. This causes hair to stop growing, and it begins to fall out a few months after. Your hair can begin to grow back if the stress stops.

5. Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness is the leading cause of hair loss, over time the hair follicles begin to change and shrink which leans to the hair thinning. The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can increase and this works to destroy the hair follicles. Over time the amount of DHT can increase and completely destroy the hair follicles and this causes no hair to grow.

Can I treat hair loss?

Some hair loss conditions can be temporary and after time the hair will begin to grow back with no treatment necessary. Other conditions can be treated with hair loss medication and the more severe cases of hair loss may result in the need of an FUE hair transplant.

If you would like more information on hair loss and the treatments please contact us for information tailored to your condition.

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