Besides the most common cause of hair loss in men and women. Which is genetic hair loss, male or female pattern hair loss. Inherited through our genes. Categorised in hair loss stages for men and women. The Norwood Scale for men and the Ludwig Scale for women.
But there are many other reasons why our hair can thin and fall out. Here are just a few.
A blood condition. When there is a deficiency of red cells or of hemoglobin in the blood. Resulting in pallor and weariness. An iron supplement should correct the problem. In addition to hair loss, other symptoms of anemia include fatigue. Headache, dizziness, pale skin, and cold hands and feet. A blood test from your Doctor can assess your iron count. Also advice of any supplement that can be taken to address a deficiency.
Vitamin B deficiency
Like anaemia, a supplement should help the problem. So can dietary changes. Natural vitamin B can be found in fish, meat, starchy vegetables, and non-citrus fruits. As always, eating a balanced diet is recommended. Plentiful in fruits and vegetables. As well as lean protein and “good” fats such as avocado and nuts. All will be good for your hair and your overall health.
Trichotillomania, the putting pressure and pulling out of our own hair. Over time can lead to permanent hair loss. Classified as an “impulse control disorder”. Causes people to compulsively pull their hair out. “It’s sort of like a tic, the person is constantly playing and pulling their hair,” says Dr. Glashofer says. Trichotillomania is more common in women and can often begin before the age of 17.
Autoimmune-related hair loss
Maybe the most commonly known autoimmune hair loss condition is called alopecia areata that manifests itself in small circular patches of hair loss that can be over the scalp, beard and other areas of the body. Hair can regrow on occasions without any treatment but the longer the hair follicles remain dormant the less likely any regrowth will occur.
Increasing the levels of DHT if you carry the male pattern baldness gene can either trigger hair loss if has not already; the shedding cycle increases with more hair falling on a day to day basis, and less hair regrows. The follicle will move through the growth, resting stages faster with each cycle the hair miniaturising until the follicles stop reproducing hairs.
Dramatic weight loss
Sudden weight loss can put a stress on the body, a physical trauma that can result in thinning hair. Not eating correctly can result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies and ultimately the thinning and then the reduction in hair growth over time.
Anything from losing your job, a car accident, illness can trigger a hair loss condition. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium, an interruption in the growth cycles of the hair follicle causing more hair to shed then regrow on a daily basis.
It is always important to ensure your hair loss condition is correctly diagnosed and then the suitable treatment can be advised. Genetic hair loss treatments are common today and in some cases a permanent hair restoration solution can help to rebuild areas of hair loss with a hair transplant procedure.