Top 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Hair Loss

Facts About Hair Loss
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(Last Updated On: September 28, 2017)

Hair loss is, unfortunately, a fact of life. Around 40% of people will experience some kind of hair thinning or baldness over the course of their lifetime. The condition can carry a level of stigma with it, but hair loss needn’t be traumatic. There are plenty of treatments available to those who wish to treat it, and for people who are happy to allow nature to take its course, be safe in the knowledge that bald is beautiful!

In this article, we’ll take a look at 10 fascinating facts about hair loss.

  1. Mom and Dad might be to blame!

Have you ever looked at Dad’s receding hairline and wondered if it might happen to you? Heard stories about the men in Mom’s family losing their hair in their twenties? It might not be as straightforward as you expect. There are certainly cases in which genetics make a contribution to your chances of losing hair, but research has found that this is usually not attributable to just one of your parents. It’s usually a combination of traits from both sides that will decide whether you will experience hereditary hair loss. There are also a number of other reasons why you might experience this condition; keep reading to find out more!

  1. Hormones can cause hair loss.

Women who are pregnant, have just given birth, or are entering the menopause, may find that they begin to experience thinning of the hair, as well as patches of baldness. This is due to hormonal factors. Hormonal imbalance in women during the perimenopause phase can contribute to hair loss between the late forties and early sixties. During pregnancy, hormones may act to promote additional hair growth, which prompts a lot of women to declare that pregnancy was great for their hair. However, towards the end of pregnancy, and in the months directly after giving birth, the balance of hormones adjusts, which can lead to shedding of some of the hair grown during earlier pregnancy. In almost all cases of hormone-related hair loss, it is a temporary issue that resolves once balance has been restored.

  1. Females can experience pattern baldness too.

Male-pattern baldness is a well-known condition. But did you know that women can be affected by their own pattern of hair loss? The condition, known as androgenetic alopecia in both men and women, tends to occur in women after the age of 50. Thinning of the hair begins at the usual parting of the hair, and gradually spreads to thin a larger area of the scalp, usually in the same area as men suffering from male-pattern baldness.

  1. Stress can lead to hair loss.

We all know how stressful modern life can be. There are plenty of demands on our time; work, family, studying, running a house, making sure all the bills are paid. It’s no surprise that people are more stressed than ever before. Chronic stress can have serious implications for health; it can lead to illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It can also contribute to development or exacerbation of migraines, sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression. Did you know that stress can also cause hair loss? Conditions such as alopecia areata, trichotillomania, and telogen effluvium can result in hair thinning, loss, and complete baldness.

  1. Be careful at the salon!

If you’re visiting the salon for a treatment or new hairstyle, make sure you aren’t doing inadvertent damage to your hair! Relaxants are packed with chemicals that can damage the scalp and hair follicles. Hot oil treatments can cause burns and scarring to the scalp, which can lead to permanent hair loss. Hair styles such as braids, twists, and pigtails can also pull hair strands out, causing temporary thinning on top.

  1. Some medicines can cause hair loss.

    Hair Loss Infographic

    Hair Loss Infographic

For people suffering from cancer or inflammatory diseases, treatment with chemotherapy can sadly cause complete hair loss. Using a cold cap can prevent some of the damage caused to the hair, but many patients opt to proactively shave their heads once thinning has started. Fortunately, hair loss is usually temporary, and once treatment is complete, patients will begin to notice their hair grow back. Other medicines that can cause hair loss include beta blockers, anticoagulants, and antidepressants. As with all side effects, if you are concerned about whether medicine is causing hair loss, speak with your doctor.

  1. Traumatic events can prompt hair to fall out.

People who experience a traumatic event, such as the death of a family member or a serious illness, can sometimes find that it causes their hair to thin and fall out. This process can take several weeks. Luckily, this is usually a temporary issue and hair growth tends to resume once the trauma has passed.

  1. Nutrition is a factor in healthy hair growth.

Good nutrition is important for our health overall, but did you know that there are specific nutrients that are critical to hair growth? Make sure you are getting your recommended daily amounts of iron, zinc, vitamin C, selenium, and Omega 3. Supplements are available, but the best way to ensure you’re getting the right nutrients is to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources.

  1. Simple adjustments can help prevent hair loss.

There are some simple measures you can take to prevent hair loss. For example, styling your hair when damp or dry, rather than dripping wet, will cause far less damage. Washing your hair with a mild baby shampoo also helps. Try to take at least a few days away from heat styling every week to give your hair a break!

  1. Acupuncture can be used as a treatment for hair loss.

Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the scalp, which in turns encourages hair growth. It’s a low-risk method of treating hair loss. Lipogaine products, which utilize the clinically proven ingredient minodixil, can also lead to regrowth of hair for men and women. You can find many milder hair loss shampoos specifically formulated for people with sensitive skin, and color-safe shampoos to prevent future hair loss.

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