Hair loss AKA alopecia is a common problem both in men and women. It can affect any part of your body and occurs when you start to lose a lot of hair. To give it a number, we can say when you lose more than 125 hairs per day!
Obviously you cannot count your hair daily but you can keep an eye on your washbasin, bathtub, and your hair brush to diagnose your case! Another way to correctly diagnose hair loss is by understanding the cause of it and keeping an eye on them!
Following are some of factors that can cause hair loss in men and women:
- Hormonal Imbalance
Both men and women undergo hormonal imbalances and increase or decrease in hormones at some point in their lives. For example, at puberty, upon reaching menopause, etc.
Androgens – male hormones – cause hair loss by shrinking the hair follicles. Similarly, decrease in progesterone and estrogen – female hormones – causes hair to thin out and fall off eventually.
Look out for bald and closely related blood relatives as genes play an important role in causing hair loss. Certain genes that you inherit from your parents make your scalp sensitive towards hormones. Particularly, a hormone called DHT, DHT causes your hair follicles to shrink and keep your hair in shedding phase for a long time. As a result, you might suffer from hair loss.
You might know the benefits of minerals and vitamins but did you know that their deficiencies can cause serious health issues as well. For example, if your body is lacking its fair share of vitamin B complexes, Vitamin D, Iron or Zinc, you might suffer from hair loss. These minerals and vitamins are responsible for keeping your head full of healthy and strong hair. When you don’t eat right, your body fails to get enough nutritions and as a result your hair might fall out quicker than leaves in autumn. Vitamins for hair loss.
- Use of certain medications
Excess of anything is bad, then what about excess medications? Definitely bad when it comes to hair loss!
Certain medications such as drugs used to treat high BP, lower your cholesterol levels, drugs used in chemotherapy, and medications used to treat mental health conditions might cause your hair to fall out.
- Pulling or tying hair too tightly
Some people are habitual of tying their hair back tightly in a ponytail or a bun. Similarly, being habitual of tightly braiding your hair or putting them in cornrows might also put you at risk. Hair loss caused by such hairstyles is called Traction Alopecia.
- Autoimmune disorders
Sometimes your immune system goes haywire and starts acting out against your own body. The condition is known as autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders can cause your immune system to attack your healthy hair follicles causing you to lose a large amount of hair in patches. This condition is called Alopecia areata.
- Stress, weight loss, or thyroid issues
Certain conditions such as chronic stress, sudden weight loss, thyroid problems, depression and childbirth might also cause hair loss.
Such sudden or drastic changes can cause hair to stay in shedding phase for a longer duration resulting in hair loss.
Bottomline is no matter what the cause is, hair loss can be treated! You only have to look for the right options at the right places. Our team at Lasting Impressions can handle all your queries and offer you world class services to deal with moderate to severe hair loss! Call now to get an appointment!