What causes hair loss?

What are the causes of hair loss and can you provide a link to more information?

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Genetics are the most common cause behind hair loss. The hair loss gene is inheritable from either or both parents. Men are most commonly effected by this genetic factor as testosterone activates the hormonal reaction that causes follicles to stop producing terminal hair. Despite frequently perpetuated myths, causes of hair loss do not solely include wearing a hat, cheap haircare products, or lack of circulation, through these and other factors can further aggravate naturally occurring hair loss.  


There are numerous causes of hair loss. Genetics, though, are most likely the most common cause behind early hair loss. Pattern hair loss, or androgenic alopecia, can arise early as someone's late teens or early 20's. Near all experts agree that such hair loss results from an increase in androgen production, a "male" hormone naturally found in both sexes. While androgens are the primary cause of hair loss, other factors can exacerbate it.

Bad nutrition: Hair, like anything else, requires nutrition. Proteins, complex carbs, iron, and vitamins all can encourage hair to grow just as its deficit can discourage its growth.

Stress or trauma: By itself, chronic or major stress will most often cause temporary hair loss called telogen effluvium. Such loss, however, can be devastating for patients already dealing with pattern baldness. Telogen effluvium carries a risk of complicating overall hair retention: miniaturization, or when hair strands become thinner, shorter, and more brittle, is a common side effect of stress-induced hair loss.  

Bad hair care: Many shampoos and styling products are completely healthy for hair. Some, though, can cause damage. Cheap hair gel is a particular hazard, as its ingredients are prone to minimize air exposure to the scalp, complicating.  

Aging: Androgen-based hair loss is common but so is aging-related hair loss. Hair growth operates in a cyclical form: there is a growth phase that lasts for up to seven years, a short phase when growth stops, and a resting phase before the growth phase renews. However, each cycle also ages the hair follicles. Over time hair follicles become thinner and more brittle, hampering overall density and increasing the likelihood of hair loss.  

A good diet, aware hygiene and styling, as well an anti-aging regimen can all do a lot to stifle hair loss, if not encourage overall retention. Unfortunately, though, hair loss will often continue to advance until patients opt for outpatient or take-home hair loss treatments. Such treatments double as part of an anti-aging regimen as they help slow the hair cycle down, preventing age-related damage. Learn more about preventing hair loss, and hair transplantation, by contacting us today!


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