Hair loss Causes and Treatments

Hair shedding is a part of every day life. On average, we lose around 80 strands a day.When you notice that you are shedding much more than that every day, or the hair is not growing back, then you are experiencing hair loss and thinning hair. If so, you are not alone. Hair loss and thinning hair is a common concern for both men and women. Some times, it only affects the scalp. Other times, it may affect the whole body.

The reasons for hair loss and hair thinning vary from person to person. For some people, hair loss and thinning hair is due to genetics. In that case, they may experience a progressive, gradual reduction in hair volume. The typical examples are male-pattern hair loss and female-pattern hair loss. When a person comes from a family where family members started to have hair loss at a certain age, then he or she is more likely to suffer from hair loss. If this is the case, then minoxidil (Rogaine) is a treatment option to help grow hair, or at least, maintain the hair he or she has. And oral medications such as finasteride (Propecia) is another option that can halt hair loss or even cause some to grow. Also, transplant surgery or graft hair is also a way to deal with hair loss.

A hormonal imbalance also plays a role in hair loss and thinning hair. When hormones get imbalanced, the effects will radiate throughout the whole body, including the hair. Hormone are important factors in regulating the hair growth cycle. Oestrogens, also known as female hormones, are more friendly to hair and help keep hairs in their growth phase for the optimal length of time. On the contrary, androgens, also known as male hormones, are not that friendly to hair, and can shorten the hair growth cycle. For example, the change in the hormonal balance that occurs at menopause or after taking birth-control pills, may cause telogen effluvium.

Physical stress and emotional stress also contribute to hair loss and thinning. Physical stress or trauma, including surgeries, car accidents, severe illnesses and bad flu, can lead to temporary hair loss. Similarly, emotional stress, for example, in the case of divorce, after the death of a loved one, or while caring for an aging parent, can exacerbate hair loss. When hair loss or thinning is caused by physical stress, hair loss stops when the body recovers. When emotional stress is the problem, a way to reverse the condition is to do yoga or other physical exercises in order to get relaxed and relieve stress.

The personal medical condition is also a factor to consider when hair loss occurs. For example, hypothyroidism may cause hair loss. The thyroid produces hormones that are critical to metabolism as well as growth and development of the body, including the hair. When it’s not pumping out enough hormones, can contribute to hair loss. In this case, synthetic thyroid medication will take care of the problem. Once the thyroid levels return to normal, so should the hair.

The diet also plays a role. Taking too much vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss. If hair loss occurs for this reason, hair should grow normally after the excess vitamin A is halted. On the contrary, low levels of vitamin B, not enough protein, or anemia due to an iron deficiency can also result in hair loss. Fortunately, a simple supplement of vitamin B, protein, or iron supplement should correct the problem. Or, you mayfind natural vitamin B, proteinor iron in foods, fish, meat or vegetables.

Too much styling and overheating of hair can also contribute to thinning hair. Coloring, straightening and extensions can all cause the hair to become dry and brittle, resulting in strands or entire sections breaking off. Pulling the hair back too tightly can also contribute to thinning. Moreover, wearing cornrows can irritate the scalp and cause hair to fall out. The same goes for using tight rollers. If hair loss is caused by the above factors, the best and efficient way is to give your hair some rest and stop styling, heating, straightening, extension, or pulling of the hair.

Felice Yang

-By Acolades
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