Suffering with hair loss is something most of us, male or female, will experience at some point in our lives. Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons and there are many different factors of hair loss. Today we’re talking about 6 common reasons for hair loss if they’re permanent and potential treatments.
Stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss. Both stress and physical trauma such as surgery and illness can trigger hair loss. Hair loss causes by stress is known as telogen effluvium.
During a stressful event, our hairs life cycle can change and the growth phase can stop. This causes the hair to remain in the rest phase for longer until eventually shedding a few months later. If the stress or trauma stops, your hair will begin to resume its normal growth phase and after a few months, the growth cycle will begin again, causing the hair to grow back.
A change in hormones can cause some drastic changes in our body. Hormonal changes such as PCOS, menopause and pregnancy can all results in hair loss. During pregnancy, for example, your hormones will change, which can increase hair growth, but, after pregnancy, your hormones will go back to normal which can cause the hair to shed.
Certain medication can promote hair loss, medications such as blood thinners, blood-pressure drugs and antidepressants are commonly known to have a side effect of hair loss. Hair loss caused by medication is not a permanent type of hair loss as it is a side effect of that type of medication.
If you believe you are suffering from hair loss due to medication it is important to discuss this with your GP. It is possible that an alternative medication could be used which could stop your hair loss.
Around two thirds of men will experience hair loss by the age of 60, and it is mostly due to male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is caused by a combination genes and male sex hormones. The hair loss usually follows a classic pattern in which the hair recedes at the temples. There is no cure for male pattern baldness but treatments such as hair transplants can help to disguise the hair loss and result in a natural looking full head of hair.
A balanced diet is key to keeping your hair healthy, and one important factor in your diet is protein. If you do not eat enough foods high in protein such as meat and fish you could be lacking in protein, which can lead to the hair growth cycle shutting down.
It is important to ensure you are getting enough protein in your diet to keep the hair healthy. If you believe your diet is lacking in protein you can easily amend your diet, or look into protein supplements.
An overactive immune system can lead to autoimmune-related hair loss. This type of hair loss is very common and is known to most as alopecia areata. Alopecia happens when your immune system recognises your hair as foreign and targets it.
For some, alopecia areata can be treated with the use of steroids. If you think you’re suffering from alopecia areata it is important to consult your GP who will be able to give you advice on how to best treat your condition.
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