What Causes Hair Loss?
It is a very common occurrence for men to lose their hair with age, and sometimes the process can begin as early as the teenage years. While some men accept it, others seek treatment.
Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenic alopecia) is the most common type of hair loss. It is caused by increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in certain parts of the scalp, and is passed on from generation to generation.
While Androgenetic alopecia is a common cause of hair loss, quite a bit of other factors that need to be considered play their part as well.
1. Normal variation. A hair's natural cycle is for it to grow for several years, then fall out and be replaced. This means that at any given time, some hairs are always in the process of falling out while others are starting to grow in. Thus, it is completely normal to notice hair coming out with combing, brushing, shampooing, toweling or otherwise rubbing the scalp, as long as it is not in an alarming rate or quantity. Sometimes this natural hair loss may temporarily exceed new growth, which may cause undue alarm about possible baldness. One of the first questions we ask our clients to ask themselves about hair loss is whether their hair is truly getting thinner, or are they just noticing more normal shedding than usual. The latter situation may not require any treatment at all.
2. Hormonal abnormalities. A variety of hormonal problems are known to contribute to hair loss. Too much or too little thyroid hormone is a common cause of generalized thinning or loss of scalp hair. This is usually easily diagnosed with a simple blood test. Elevated testosterone tends to cause loss of scalp hair and promote growth of facial and body hair. High levels of insulin, often found in people with diabetes, can also cause hair loss. In women with polycystic ovary syndrome, there are elevations of both testosterone and insulin.
3. Scalp inflammation. Several inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, seborrhea, and psoriasis, cause patches of hair loss with red and scaly skin underneath. Fungal scalp infections (also called ringworm) and bacterial infections of the hair roots (folliculitis) can also cause similar problems. Patches of hair loss without underlying redness may be due to an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata.
4. Local trauma. Tight hair bands or cornrows can cause thinning simply by breaking off the hairs at their base. Some chemical hair treatments damage the follicles or the hair itself. Insects that attack the hair (like lice or scabies) can cause hair loss either by directly breaking the hair or by causing the person to scratch, which in turn damages the hair. Trichotillomania is a psychological condition in which people compulsively pull out or twirl their hair around a finger, sometimes without even realizing they are doing it, resulting in areas of broken-off hairs.
5. Medications. Several medications can contribute to hair loss. Steroids and chemotherapy are among the most common culprits. Some diuretics (like sprinolactone) decrease levels of testosterone, and can reduce body hair, but usually don't have much effect on scalp hair.
6. Psychological factors. Stress, anxiety, and depression are surprisingly common causes of thinning scalp hair, and can be especially difficult to recognize and treat. Many people don't realize how much stress or anxiety they are actually experiencing, and so will tend to minimize their level of stress when considering possible causes of hair loss. The anxiety is then compounded by the hair loss itself, so the problem becomes even worse. Some people develop an escalating cycle of anxiety, worsening thinning of the hair, and increasing worry about hair loss.
7. Genetics aka "Runs in the family"
You can inherit the genes that cause hair loss. There is not much you can do about it. However, it’s not said that you actually will inherit these bad genes. You may end up being lucky and see your brother or sister lose hair while it doesn’t happen to you. It may even skip a generation and show up again with your children. If your father and grandfather and grandfather's father experienced hair loss, chances are you will too. In most cases, hair loss is hereditary, passed down the genes from either side parentage.
Hair loss is common as we age. Men especially begin to experience baldness in certain areas of their heads. Male Pattern Baldness usually starts from the front of the back of the head and later spreads out. Herbal-H is safe to use for all ages, so no matter what age you are, you still have a chance to see new hair grow!
9. Health Problems
Illness can cause hair loss. The following are examples of illnesses which caused hair loss; thyroid disorders, uncontrolled diabetes, some autoimmune disorders, psoriasis of the scalp, lupus, kidney or liver disease, cancer and Crushing's disease. Generally hair regrows by itself if the illness goes away, but if the illness does not go away, chances are you'll need to regrow your hair using a safe product like Herbal-H.
10. Imbalanced Nutrition
People who have severe abnormal eating habits or are on low protein diet may develop protein malnutrition. At this stage your body moves growing hair into a resting phase in order to help the body from losing protein. When this happens large amount of hair loss can occur.
11. Strong Shampoos & Hair Styling Products
Strong shampoos, gel, hair spray, dying and bleaching your hair can cause hair loss. The following drugs used in some shampoo products are a big cause of hair loss: Clofibrate (Atromis-S) and Gemfibrozil (Lopid), cholestero - fighting drugs, all have been known to be a cause of hair loss. Non-natural hair growing products using chemicals may cause reactions to the scalp and actually cause hair loss. Use Herbal-H the safest most effective hair growth treatment.
A sudden shock or physical stress from surgery or chemotherapy may also cause hair loss. You could include, in this category, a lengthy or severe illness. In the case of a lengthy illness, the general condition of the hair may indicate your overall poor state of health. However, when your health is restored, the hair normally grows back on its own - without any special treatment.