Hair loss is something that will affect almost everyone in their lives, both men and women. Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons, some which can only affect women and some that can affect everybody.
Today we’re going to take a look at 7 common reasons for hair loss in men and women.
Stress or traumas are one of many causes of hair loss. Stress and physical trauma such as surgery, a severe illness or even everyday illnesses such as the flu can trigger hair loss.
Hair loss caused by stress or trauma is known as telogen effluvium. During a stressful event our hair’s life cycle changes, the growth phase stops and the hair begins to rest until eventually shedding a few months later. If the stress or trauma stops your hair sound resume the normal growth phase and will grow back.
Your diet can have a direct impact on the health of your hair and not eating a balanced diet can sometimes lead to hair loss. If you do not eat enough meat and fish your body could be lacking protein, which can lead to shutting down hair growth.
It is important to eat a balanced diet and ensure you’re getting enough protein to keep your hair healthy. It is very easy to up your protein with the use of supplements or by simply amending your diet.
Pregnancy can cause some women to experience hair loss in most cases this is directly linked to stress. Whilst pregnant and even after giving birth your hormone levels can change, as can your stress levels which can affect your hair loss. The good news is this type of hair loss is temporary and your hair should begin to grow back as you begin to return to normality.
Anaemia is very common in women, although men can also suffer with anaemia. Similar to a lack of protein, a lack of iron can cause hair loss also. Anaemia is an iron deficiency but it is something that can be easily solved. You will need to see your local GP for a blood test to determine the type of anaemia. There are many different types of supplements that can be taken and most strains of anaemia are treatable.
Having an overactive immune system can lead to autoimmune-related hair loss. This type of hair loss is called alopecia areata and it happens when your immune system recognises your hair as foreign and targets it.
In some cases, alopecia areata can be treated with the use of steroids if you think you’re suffering with alopecia areata you should consult your GP for advice on how to treat your condition.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an endocrine disorder that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. PCOS commonly produces symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue and can cause hair loss and hair thinning.
PCOS causes hyperandrogenism, which is where your body produces too many androgens (male hormones). Androgens are naturally found in all women however, PCOS causes your body to produce more androgens.
If your hair follicles are sensitive to these androgens they can decrease the growth of hair on your scalp but increase the growth of hair on the body.
Trichotillomania is a psychological condition, which causes you to pull out your own hair. Trichotillomania can be treated, patients will need physiological treatment, which will help them change behaviour patterns and learn to stop pulling their hair out.
If you are suffering from any of the above types of hair loss and would like some more information on your condition and potential treatments we can help. Contact us for a no obligation consultation where one of our experts will talk you through our treatment options.