Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. However, if you are significantly losing more than that, you should see a doctor to determine the cause of hair loss and discuss possible treatments you can undergo. Hair loss could be a sign of a serious medical condition that needs an evaluation by a doctor.
Some possible causes of hair loss are:
HEREDITARY Also known as androgenetic alopecia, hair loss due to hereditary factors is a very common cause. The genes could be inherited from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family. If both your parents suffer from hair loss, your chance of getting hair loss at an early age increases significantly. People who lose hair tend to develop thinning or receding hairline. Sometimes it can present itself as diffused hair loss, where its spread across the entire scalp. Such condition may develop as early as in your 20s.
THYROID DISEASE People who suffer from thyroid disease may also suffer from hair loss. Thyroid hormone is responsible for your metabolic rate, which in turns affect the growth of your hair, skin, and nails. When there is insufficient thyroid hormone in your body, it affects the body’s ability to develop healthy hair, skin, and nails.
IRON DEFICIENCY Women who have loss of blood due to heavy periods or people who have iron deficiency may suffer from hair loss. Suffering from iron deficiency means that the body does not have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout your body. Having sufficient red blood cells is important to keep your hair healthy.
INFLAMMATION OF SCALP Unhealthy scalp is one of the leading causes of hair loss. Conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, oily scalp, and fungal infection can prevent hair growth and even cause your hair to fall out. It is important to consult a doctor to determine the underlying condition and treat it so that your hair can grow again.
LIFESTYLE Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to prevent hair loss. Too much styling, dyeing, and using harmful products on your hair and scalp can irritate the scalp and creates an unsuitable environment for healthy hair to grow.
DIET Your hair needs the vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Hair is composed of mostly protein, which means that your hair needs protein in order for it to grow. If you are consuming too much salt or too little protein, you may experience hair loss in time to come.
While there is no way to change your genes, you can now effectively slow down, stop or even reverse the hair loss process, through medications, hair serums and treatments such as Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT).
Know Your Problems
- Hair loss affects up to 70% of men and 40% of women at some point in our lives.
- Androgenetic hair loss, or male pattern hair loss, is the most common cause, and it affects both men and women.
- A simple test you can do (the Hair Pull Test): hold about 30 hairs between 2 fingers, and pull firmly. If more than 4 drop out, it may mean you are shedding hair excessively.