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„Top 5 reasons for hair loss“

Updated: Oct 4


Hair loss is a confidence killer and can impact our lives in more ways than simply making it harder to style our hair every morning. But before you look for the latest hair growth product or hair loss cure, it's essential to understand what's driving it to target the underlying issue.


So, what are some of the common causes of hair loss?

1. Genetics

The most common form of hair loss is down to genetics. It's progressive and, to date, permanent and can't be treated very effectively with what is currently on the market. You may also hear it referred to as androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness, or a receding hairline. Genetics, in this case, determines how you react to the effect of hormones on the hair follicles. Many people opt for drugs to slow down this type of hair loss, which can have serious side effects, but new approaches in stem cell regeneration will soon offer alternative methods.

2.Lifestyle How we live can undoubtedly affect our hair. The good news is that this is usually reversible if you can fix the underlying reason. Diet, stress, hair products, and drying and styling your hair can all affect how healthy the scalp and hair follicles perform the natural hair growth cycle. Healthy eating, nutritional supplements, using the right care products and lowering your stress are all aspects you can control with assistance. 3.Hormones Various factors can cause imbalances or changes in our body's hormones which ultimately drive the endocrine system responsible for growth and development. Imbalances result from things like thyroid level fluctuations, pregnancy, menopause and stress. Of note, genetically inherited hair loss, male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness, is driven by hormones, namely, testosterone and derivatives. Whilst this type of hair loss is reversible; a medical professional must detect the imbalance or change in hormones to address this effectively. 4.Illness Medical conditions that affect the immune system can also cause hair loss. In the case of alopecia areata, cells in your immune system surround and attack hair follicles, causing hair loss. Lupus can cause hair loss through inflammation of the scalp. In both of the above cases, certain drugs can assist in treating these conditions and restoring hair growth. More recently, COVID-19 has also been reported to cause hair loss in some people.

5.Medications

It's also widely known that medications can cause hair loss. A simple search online will give you many forms that impact your hair. Chemotherapy, acne medications, and blood pressure medication, to name a few, have been linked to hair loss. Using steroids will also increase Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone that is a key factor behind male/female pattern baldness. The good news is that after stopping medications, your hair can grow back, but it is essential to speak with your doctor about whether you can stop using your medicines in the first place.

In summary

These are just some of the most common factors that can cause hair loss. There are many products on the market, and it's essential to understand which factor could be driving your hair loss before embarking on your fight against it. But simple preventative methods, like eating a healthy diet, lowering your stress and being gentle to your hair with products and styling, are already some easy solutions to prevent or slow down your hair loss.

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