Hair loss is a common condition that affects the vast majority of the population at some point. Despite its prevalence, hair loss can still cause a lot of emotional pain and suffering in those that are currently experiencing it and can even lead to depression and anxiety. Since ancient times, long hair has been a symbol of strength, beauty and virility, and modern society still places a large emphasis on physical appearance. Hair loss can be traumatic for both men and women, and taking steps to prevent it such as eating well, getting enough rest and avoiding harsh chemicals can make a big difference. Unfortunately, there are some causes of hair loss that cannot be avoided even with a healthy lifestyle.
Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness (MPB) is responsible for more than 90% of hair loss cases in men. MPB occurs as a result of hormonal changes and a genetic predisposition. Hair loss usually occurs around the hairline and crown and can sometimes start at a very young age. 70% of men are affected by MPB during their lifetime, whereas only 40% of women will experience hair loss. The most effective treatment for MPB is hair follicle transplant surgery using NeoGraft™ that restores hair to its natural beauty.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that results in bald patches on a person’s scalp or body. The disease causes the body to mistake the hair follicles for foreign invaders and attack them leading to hair loss and follicle damage. Sufferers of alopecia areata can experience hair regrowth that sometimes occurs without any medical treatment.
During pregnancy, the body goes through numerous hormonal changes. One of the side effects of rising hormone levels during pregnancy is that the hair follicles enter a resting phase meaning that women do not lose the standard 50 – 100 hairs that we lose each day. However, three to four months after birth, the hormone levels return to normal and hair loss occurs in larger amounts.
Hair loss is one of the more unusual side effects of both physical and emotional stress. People that have suffered some sort of emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one can experience hair loss. Stress can also worsen other disorders such as alopecia areata. Hair loss can also happen after the body suffers some form of severe shock like illness, surgery or a car accident, but in most cases the hair will grow back as the person recovers.
Illness and Medication
Certain illnesses and medications can result in a person losing small patches or even all of their hair. Illnesses such as diabetes, polycystic ovary system and hypothyroidism can all cause hair loss in different degrees. Patients undergoing chemotherapy often lose a large amount of their hair, and medications such as antidepressants and blood thinners can also cause hair to become weak and brittle.
One of the best ways to prevent hair loss is to take care of your body from within. A healthy diet, exercise and plenty of sleep are the best ways to keep your hair in perfect condition as well as avoiding harsh chemicals from color and styling products. But again, sometimes hair loss is unavoidable, even genetic.