The Causes of Hair Loss and How to Cope

Friday, May 27, 2022

Hair loss is one of the most common hair problems you can go through and can be a traumatic experience. It mainly affects older men, but anyone can lose their hair for a variety of reasons. Even women and young men can find that their hair is thinning and patchy.

They say that knowing your enemy is half the battle, and the same is true for hair loss. Knowing what’s causing your hair loss can help you to cope and, in some situations, even reverse the process. Here are some common causes of hair loss and how you can deal with them.

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The Natural Aging Process

Unfortunately, age comes to us all. Men and women can both lose their hair as they get older, and some men even undergo male pattern balding at a relatively young age. Some people will only find that their hair gets a bit thinner, while others will experience more extreme hair loss.

Men tend to lose hair on the crowns of their heads and at their hairline first, so you will see the classic receding hairline before anything else becomes obvious. Women will likely notice their parting becoming wider as they lose hair there and around the crowns of their heads. Both will also experience general hair thinning.

This process isn’t reversible. The best thing that you can do is to look after your hair in the meantime to slow its progression. You can also undergo robotic hair transplantation, which can graft healthy head hair onto balding areas.
Autoimmune or Skin Conditions

When people think of hair loss being caused by an illness, they may immediately think of cancer. Cancer doesn’t directly cause hair loss, but the harsh treatments can cause many patients to lose their hair. However, some other illnesses and conditions do result in hair loss.

Alopecia is an autoimmune condition that can result in hair loss all over the body. It can cause bald patches, discoloration, or even result in complete hair loss on the head and body. Alopecia is usually permanent, and many people shave their hair entirely or take to wearing wigs.

Some skin conditions or other autoimmune disorders can cause hair loss, as can certain parasites like ringworm. In these cases, treating the underlying condition can stop the hair loss and even cause your hair to grow back. This is especially common in skin conditions. Scarring can also cause hair loss, as your hair can’t grow through scar tissue. This is permanent.
Physical or Emotional Stress

If you’ve been seriously ill or undergone extreme hormonal changes, your hair may suddenly start going thin. This is common in women who have recently given birth. After a few months, your hair will recover from the stress and grow back.

Hair loss can also occur in times of extreme emotional stress. The loss of a loved one or prolonged stress in your life may cause your hair to go thin, sometimes compounding the issue. The good news is that this is also temporary. Once the stress is gone, your hair will recover.

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