Have you noticed handfuls of hair coming out of your head? Or maybe your hairline slowly creeping away? Unfortunately, hair loss is no laughing matter, and it doesn’t just happen to men. Women can lose their hair just as often and for the same reasons that men do. The causes of hair loss are numerous and varied, and some of them are preventable and under your control, while others are not. Let’s look at the causes of hair loss and treatments for hair loss and what to expect.
1. Heredity (Androgenic Alopecia)
Heredity is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women. Although the medical term is androgenic alopecia, you may have heard this cause of hair loss called male pattern baldness in men and female pattern hair loss in women.
If you have androgenic alopecia, you have inherited genes from your parents that cause your hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop growing hair. Hair follicles can start shrinking as early as your teens but usually begins later in life.
Typically, the first sign of hereditary hair loss is:
- An overall thinning or a widening of the hair part for women.
- A receding hairline or bald spot at the top of the head for men.
Is regrowth possible? Yes. Treatment can stop or slow loss and even regrow hair, so the sooner treatment is started, the better it works.
Most people notice hair loss as they age because hair growth naturally slows. When hair follicles stop growing, the hair on your scalp can thin and lose its color. Is regrowth possible? Perhaps. If caught early, treatment may help regrow hair.
3. Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata can cause hair loss all over your body, and it develops if your body’s immune system attacks its hair follicles. Is regrowth possible? Yes. Sometimes hair grows back on its own; however, treatment may help stimulate regrowth if it doesn’t.
4. Cancer Treatments
Chemotherapy or radiation treatment to your head or neck can cause you to lose your hair within a few weeks of starting treatment. Is regrowth possible? Yes. Hair usually starts growing back within months of finishing chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
5. Childbirth, Illness, and Stressors
You may notice stray hair in your brush or on your pillow after:
- Giving birth
- Recovering from an illness
- Having an operation
- Getting a divorce
- Losing a loved one
Any stressful time in your life can cause hair loss. Is regrowth possible? Yes. When the stress stops, the excessive shedding will stop. Your hair should regain its normal fullness within 6 to 9 months.
6. Hair Treatments and Styles
The following may cause damage to your hair and lead to hair loss:
- Coloring your hair
- Perming and relaxing your hair
- Wearing a hairstyle that pulls on your scalp
Is regrowth possible? Most likely, yes. After you damage a hair follicle, it will no longer grow hair. Many damaged hair follicles clumped together may create permanent bald spots.
7. Hormonal Imbalances
The following can cause a temporary hormonal imbalance that causes hair loss.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Stopping birth control
8. Scalp Infections
A scalp infection can lead to scaly and inflamed areas on your scalp that look like small black dots. These dots are stubs of hair that can develop into a bald spot. Is regrowth possible? Yes. After the infection has been treated, hair can regrow.
Some medications can cause hair loss as a side effect. Talk with your doctor about the side effects of your medications and whether or not they could be causing you to lose your hair. Is regrowth possible? Yes.
10. Scalp Psoriasis
If you have plaque psoriasis, you may also develop psoriasis on your scalp, leading to hair loss. Is regrowth possible? Most likely, yes. After the scalp psoriasis clears, hair should regrow, but it takes time.
11. Pulling Your Hair (Trichotillomania)
Do you pull on your hair to relieve stress? If you do, you can damage your hair follicles. The results will be the same if you aren’t aware that you are pulling your hair (trichotillomania). Is regrowth possible? Yes. If you haven’t destroyed your hair follicles. If you want your hair to grow back, you have to stop pulling it. You may need to seek treatment if you can’t do this independently.
12. Sexually Transmitted Infections
If left untreated, certain sexually transmitted infections (STI) can lead to hair loss. Is regrowth possible? Sometimes. Hair often starts to regrow once the STI has been treated.
13. Thyroid Diseases
Problems with your thyroid can cause your hair to thin or come out in clumps when you brush it. Is regrowth possible? Yes. Treating thyroid disease can help regrow your hair.
Slow poisoning by the following can lead to hair loss.
- Warfarin (rat poison)
Consuming large amounts of vitamin A and selenium is also toxic and can cause hair loss. Is regrowth possible? Yes. Your hair should regrow when you are no longer exposed to the poison.
What Happens if Your Hair Isn’t Growing Back?
Depending on the cause, your hair loss may be permanent. However, even if it is not permanent, it may grow back in patches or be thinner than it used to be.
If you want your hair to return, you have options, such as hair transplant surgery, which is painful, tedious, and expensive, while other treatments make big promises with no results.
A newer treatment for hair loss can help men and women regrow fuller, thicker hair naturally. It’s 100% natural, minimally invasive, and effective for treating many causes of hair loss. It’s called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Loss Treatment.
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PRP hair loss treatment is faster, affordable, and less painful than hair transplant surgery. And the best part is that there is no downtime! With PRP, there are no “plugs” and no “doll hair” appearance, and hair grows and “fills in” naturally over time. No one will even know you had anything done!
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