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What causes hair loss?
There are many causes for hair loss, including androgenetic alopecia, autoimmune diseases, connective tissue disease, exposure to toxic chemicals, certain prescription drugs that cause hair loss, certain diseases, prolonged illness, radiation treatments, hormonal imbalances, stress, poor nutrition, sebaceous oil build-up and slow cellular activity, are just some of the causes. Heading the list is Male Pattern Baldness. This problem affects over 40% of the adult male population and thousands of women.
The interaction of DHT with androgen receptors in scalp skin and follicles appears to cause male and female pattern baldness. DHT miniaturizes hair follicles by shortening the anagen (growth) phase and/or lengthening the telogen (resting) phase. This is usually a gradual process of converting terminal to vellus-like hair. The net result is an increasing number of short, thin hairs barely visible above the scalp.
Most Common Reasons for Hair Loss
There are about 200 genes that regulate hair growth. Men and women can both inherit the “hair loss gene.” Starting at puberty, this predisposition can cause gradual, progressive miniaturization of hair follicles. As we age, the follicle function diminishes proportionally to our hereditary risk.
Weight loss, thyroid disorders, stress and other health-related issues can cause hair loss. Certain medications can also cause hair loss, including oral acne medicines with retinoids, antibiotics, antifungals, antidepressants and other mood modulators, birth control pills and other hormone treatments, anti-hypertensives, cholesterol-lowering drugs, immunosuppressants, and more.
Hair extensions, braids and tight ponytails can cause long-term harm to hair follicles, resulting in a type of permanent hair loss called traction alopecia, a form of scarring alopecia. Even men who frequently sport a “man-bun” can be a risk. Using harsh chemicals like hair bleach and dyes, blow dryers and irons, and harsh combing when wet put hair strands at risk of damage and breakage.
Our follicles need certain nutrients to produce healthy hair, so when you engage in unhealthy dieting, particularly when the body is deprived of protein, iron, zinc and Vitamins A, B and C. This can cause short-term hair loss known as telogen effluvium. This problem can be compounded for those who are genetically predisposed to hair loss.
An unhealthy scalp and skin conditions like dandruff, psoriasis and fungal infections can cause inflammation, which can make it difficult for hair to grow. A medical analysis of the scalp can also identify problems such as imbalances in sebum, pH, hydration, toxin and cortisol levels, which can be contributing factors in unhealthy hair, as well as hair loss and thinning.
When it comes to the health and quality or abundance of hair, hormones are in the driver's seat. In the past decade, groundbreaking new research has shown a defining link between thinning hair and fluctuations in estrogen and testosterone levels. Life experiences such as pregnancy, post-pregnancy, nursing, pre- and post-menopause, as well as medications such as birth control or steroids, may also cause hormonal changes. These studies add new depth to the surprising number of men and women who are searching for a treatment for the appearance of thinning hair; in fact, 25 percent of all men have noticeably thin-looking hair and as many as 36 percent of all women ages 40 to 49 experience some degree of thinning hair.