Hair loss is, unfortunately, a very real part of the day to day life. Whether it’s the standard 50-100 hairs we all lose throughout an average day or a more prominent case of hair loss, everything from your natural growth cycle, to excess styling, even through to genetics can cause us to shed our locks. However, when hair loss goes beyond the natural amount, it’s about then that we need to pay closer attention to what might be causing the issue. That’s what we’re taking a deeper look at, below.
Genetic vs. Reactive
When it comes to unusual hair loss, the causes come down to two categories – genetic, and reactive. Genetic hair loss is relatively self-explanatory; this category covers male and female pattern baldness in particular and the solutions often rest in seeking hair transplant UK providers. Reactive hair loss, however, is usually triggered by an outside force. Whether that’s a vitamin deficiency, hormonal imbalances or excess styling, reactive hair loss is often more easily solved. With the above in mind, we’ve got five of the most common causes of hair loss, and how you can overcome them:
Hormone imbalance is one of the leading causes of hair loss, particularly in women. With the slightest imbalance, our bodies can suffer from anything from weight gain or loss to our moods and the health of our hair is one very prominent symptom of this. Our hormones, regardless of gender, play a leading role in the growth cycle. Oestrogen, for example, is what keeps our hair in the ‘growth' stage of the cycle for longer, and the slightest rise in androgens (male hormones) can shorten this and cause a shorter cycle, reducing the density of hair on our scalps.
Solving this particular cause could be as simple as speaking to your GP. They may be able to find the cause for the hormonal imbalance or provide you with a solution to help balance this out once more. Everything from pregnancy and weight loss, to your heart rate or sleep cycle, can influence the balance of hormones in our body, and it can often be a delicate one to maintain.
Following on from the above, excessive levels of stress, or even prolonged levels of low stress can have a drastic effect on the quality, density, and growth of our hair. Stress in and of itself can cause the hormonal imbalances mentioned above, but it can also have a knock-on effect if things like your diet, routine, and general health suffer as a result. While there are currently no sure studies suggesting that simply reducing stress can help your hair, it can certainly help your health overall which may benefit the health of your scalp. Taking steps to reduce your stress, whether that’s getting more support in the stressful situation, or taking yourself out of it, you may find your health returning to normal.
Hypothyroidism manifests itself in a lack of hormones critical to your metabolism, growth, and development. Without these hormones, your scalp can’t get the things it needs, which can, therefore, contribute to hair loss. Solving this one is a case of speaking to your doctor. They may be able to determine the cause and prescribe any medication needed to balance out the thyroid levels. From here, your health is likely to improve.
Without the right balance of vitamins and minerals, our bodies can start to show an array of symptoms and hair loss can often be one of them. Some of the vitamin deficiencies that could be the culprit for hair loss include Vitamin B12, Iron, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A. If you suspect a vitamin deficiency, it’s important to speak to your GP, but you could also adjust your diet to ensure you’re getting enough. To improve the vitamins above, you should eat more:
Vitamin B12 – Beef liver, clams, dairy products, eggs, cereals.
Iron – Salmon, dried fruits, spinach, peas, and pork.
Vitamin D – Dairy products, salmon, eggs.
Vitamin A – Carrots, pumpkin, squash and sweet potato.
It’s an unfortunate fact of aging – our hair is likely to get thinner. As we approach the menopause, our bodies balances of a number of hormones, vitamins, chemicals and more can all change, leading to thinning and brittle hair. While this isn’t always permanent, more commonly it’s difficult to return to the same volume as we’ve seen before. While this kind of hair loss is a natural part of the aging process, you can help to reduce the symptoms by taking better care of your hair overall, reducing styling and enhancing your balance. Speak to your doctor if you are unsure of where to start.
Guest Author: Damien Troy