- Published on: Aug 11, 2021
- 2 minute read
- By: Expert Dermatologist
What Are The Reasons For Hair Fall?
What are the reasons for Hair Fall?
The reason for hair loss is usually a combination of things. Hair may periodically shed normally because the old hair has reached the end of its growth phase, but balding and hair fall could also be caused by factors such as surgery, diet, stress, or illness.
The main causes are hormone changes (including birth control pills); age; genetics; diseases that affect circulation to the scalp (diabetes, lupus); coughs or sneezes without covering your mouth; thyroid problems; anemia; chemical exposure (pregnant women should avoid lead ignorance can happen through hobbies)
There are many reasons for hair loss other than medication side effects alone which will be discussed soon within this article.
For men, diet deficiencies such as protein, iron, zinc, and vitamins can cause hair to thin out. Hair loss is also more likely to happen when men inherit a genetic predisposition for baldness from either parent. Doctors at Second Medic recommend that men make sure they're getting enough of those nutrients and get a hair analysis done by a dermatologist every six months so they know if there's any nutrient deficiency that needs correcting.
For women, female pattern hair loss (or Androgenic Alopecia) can be caused by pregnancy or childbirth. It has also been proposed that the Pill plays some role in estrogens affecting hormone activity and reducing levels of crucial nutrients like selenium in the body.
Hair disorders can be triggered by many factors. For one, constant shampooing with harsh detergent-laden shampoos and conditioners can lead to hair dermal damage from the outside in. This is because chemical residue from the products may accumulate on the hair's surface and slowly cause irritation until it compromises the respiration of follicles and eventually causes follicle death. Hair loss may also occur due to thyroid disease which is a problem with hormone production in your body. Further effects of thyroid problems are intolerance to cold, weight gain, inability or unwillingness to take action about daily life, hot flashes or night sweats due to hormonal imbalances, constipation or diarrhea due to estrogen deficiency leading to hypothyroidism.
Reasons for hair loss vary from person to person and can be strongly influenced by genetics. In general, there are two broad types of hair loss--Male-pattern baldness for men and alopecia in women. When a woman's hair does fall out, it typically does so from as early on as puberty or sometimes could start during menstruation at the age of 13 and continue throughout their lifetime. It is usually because they lack estrogen when they have reached menopause.
The most common form of alopecia in children is known as "diffuse patterned" and affects both genders--sometimes starting as young as three years old.
There are many reasons for hair loss, including stress (physical or psychological), illness, certain health conditions and treatments, medication side effects.
Hair follicle shedding occurs as a natural part of the hair growth cycle. Normally about 90% of the hair in the anagen phase is shed when it reaches its telogen phase. Hair loss after childbirth is also common because during pregnancy levels of estrogen hormones that support scalp health increase which in turn can promote excess shedding when levels return to normal post-pregnancy. Frequent shampooing may also lead to temporary baldness by drying out your scalp's natural oils which provide nutrients for your follicles' roots to grow strong and produce healthy strands of shiny hair.
One of the most common causes is hormonal imbalance because hair loss can be triggered when the ratio/balance of hormones in the body changes. Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate and mediate a whole array of bodily functions from stress response to sexuality to metabolism and digestion. The thyroid gland is responsible for giving off two main hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (TSH), which control the rate at which cells produce energy. Both these substances are needed by all cells in order to maintain correct functioning and both regulate the hair growth cycle- the normal cycle usually lasts for around 28 days, during which time hair will grow about 5 inches long with new hairs pushing out old hairs so that they eventually shed off.
Hair fall could be due to a number of causes such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, stress, or medical conditions such as anemia. If you suffer from hair loss, it is important that you visit a doctor to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
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