There are many types of hair loss that result for different reasons. Before resorting to radical and expensive treatments, it’s important to know whether your hair loss could have a more simple or non-invasive solution. To help, we have broken down these common causes of hair loss into three groups and classified them as the 7 deadly causes of hair loss:
Genetic Causes | Lifestyle Factors | Skin Conditions
1. Genetic causes of hair loss
The most common causes of hair loss is male pattern baldness or, Androgentic alopecia (AGA) which causes the familiar “U-shape” balding patch on many men.
Despite popular belief, this condition is not caused by stress but is purely genetic and passed on by both sides of the family. Male pattern baldness is usually identified by thin, vellus-like hairs that are eventually lost over time to reveal a naked scalp.
Solution: Ask your physician about the NeoGraft FUE procedure for hair loss. It’s a minimally invasive procedure to fight hair loss.
2. You’re growing older
Unfortunately, you can’t fight Mother Nature on this one. Both men and women will see at least some hair loss and thinning as they age. From 30 onwards, hair growth starts to slow and volume decreases.
Solution: If you’re not happy about losing your hair, then there are plenty of non-invasive options offered by NeoGraft that can stop hair loss and help grow healthy hair. Try the HairMedica Active Anchoring Solution which effectively removes the dead cells layer and opens blocked pores – thickening the scalp’s skin and accelerating cell regeneration.
3. You’re not eating right
Like anything else, your hair needs nutrients to grow and stay healthy. Sudden weight loss, low iron levels, or a poor diet can all lead to hair shedding – albeit on a temporary basis.
Fixing Your Hair Loss: Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of protein, iron, zinc and biotin. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils are a great place to start.
4. Stress and anxiety
Stress can cause many conditions that can contribute to hair loss.
Conditions contributing to hair loss are:
- Alopecia Areata: Sudden loss of large clumps of hair in areas around your scalp. (Auto-immune disease)
- Telogen Effluvium: A condition where more hairs than normal prepare to fall out.
- Trichotillomania: This is a habitual condition caused by stress and anxiety where the person pulls out hairs without realizing it.
It’s highly likely that those with mild hair loss caused by anxiety are suffering from either Telogen Effluvium, or simply stress weakened hair.
Telogen Effluvium occurs when your body tells more hairs to stop growing than usual. Hairs are stable from two to five years before stopping and falling out two to three months later. If your body “tells” more hairs than normal to stop growing, then two to three months later you may have excessive hair loss. We are all losing up to 10% of our hair at any one time, but because there are so many hairs present, we tend to not notice it directly.
Solution: Removing the cause of your stress is best, but when this isn’t possible then consider taking regular exercise to manage the stress. Hair growth should return to normal within 6 months.
5. Your hair is too tight
Applying excessive traction to your hair because of popular trends such as tight braids, man buns, cornrows and harsh treatments, can cause significant damage to healthy hair.
Solution: Be sensible and avoid hair trends that you cause traction alopecia. Take care of your scalp by using the HairMedica Omega Scalp Shampoo and Ceramide Strengthening Conditioner.
6. You may have Psoriasis
Easily mistaken for dandruff, psoriasis of the scalp causes an overproduction of skin cells visible as large white flakes. This condition can sometimes damage hair follicles and lead to temporary hair loss.
Solution: If you suspect psoriasis is the cause, consult with a physician.
7. You may have Seborrheic Dermatitis
A harmless skin condition sometimes found on the scalp, indicated by small red patches that are often itchy. This is caused by an inflammatory response in your scalp and can cause hair loss in large patches on the head.
Solution: Try to avoid scratching as this can lead to a secondary infection, then seek advice and treatment from your doctor. Ask your certified NeoGraft physician about the Copper K Calming Spray which helps reduce itching and inflammation.