5 Reasons for Thinning Hair
So what causes the dreaded dandelion head?
Put it simple and swift; hair loss is an error in hair life cycle. There are 100000 hair on your head. 1 follicle = 1 hair. It takes around 2 – 6 years for your 1 hair to grow, 85% of your hair should be in that growing stage. If you shed 100 hair a day you are OK. If you shed 200 hair a day, you may have a hair loss problem. What happens in hair loss is that your hair falls out way too fast, so there is no 2-6 years of growing and no 85% growing hair.
And that is hair loss. Dandelion head.
First of all there are two symptoms of hair loss: one is thinning of the hair and the other one is a gradually more exposed scalp on the top of your head.
Secondly, there are many factors that could be causes for hair loss in men and women. Let’s talk about five of the main troublemakers.
- Pregnancy is the most common hormonal roller coaster when it comes to hair loss. During and after pregnancy your hormone level is unbalanced. Hair loss after pregnancy usually occurs 2 – 3 months after giving birth. Don’t stress, it will grow back in about 12 months time.
- Menopause, birth control, PCOS = Polycystic ovary syndrome may cause problems with your hormone level as well.
- Thyroid disorders can cause hair loss because it produces too much hormones or to few hormones. Thyroid disorders come with other problems as well, such as weight loss/ gain, dry skin, changes in heart rate, etc.
- Anabolic steroids - When a person is genetically prone to male pattern baldness, steroid use will likely accelerate probable hair loss due to higher levels of DHT being present in the body.
- Vitamin deficiency is what you get when you don’t love yourself enough and forget to eat veggies, fruits, fish and other healthy stuff. If you suffer hair loss you probably need more of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Biotin, Niacin, Iron and Zinc. You can easily get those Vitamins by choosing the right supplements. But it will most probably take about 3 – 4 months before you see positive results. Growing new hair takes time and patience. Go figure out the best supplement for your diet, go get a blood test and consult it with the Nutrition people.
- Too much Vitamin A may also cause problems.
Illness & Medication
- Chemotherapy & radiation are a real stress and shock to your body and mind. Be good to your body, eat healthy, keep calm and seek advice with your doctor. Hair loss in Chemo or radiation is not permanent, so while your body will get better so will your hair.
- Medical conditions that can cause hair loss include thyroid disease, alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles), and scalp infections like ringworm. Diseases that cause scarring, such as lichen planus and some types of lupus, can result in permanent hair loss because of the scarring.
- Medications that typically cause hair loss include, Anticoagulants (blood thinners), Gout medications, (Allopurinol), Beta blockers, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE inhibitors), Vitamin A in large doses - the acne medication isotretinoin (Accutane) is derived from vitamin A, Female hormones - oral contraceptives (birth control pills) and hormone replacement therapy, Male hormones, certain Antidepressants, Anticonvulsants, or Anti-seizure medications.
- Tight hair bands, rubber bands, excessive brushing or combing and extensions, tight hairstyles, and excessive heat tools such as flat irons, curling irons, hot rollers, hot combs, blow dryers and hooded dryers damage your hair and make it thinner, broken and dull…finally progressing to hair loss.
- Excessive Chemical use like relaxers, dyes or the combination of both relaxers and dyes
Some say that after a relaxer (perhaps one that was left on too long or one that was too strong) they noticed that their hair is suddenly shorter. In this case the trauma was because of the relaxer. Other women who have used peroxide containing hair dye and then immediately relax their hair have noticed breakage. In this case the trauma was from the combination of two chemicals applied to the hair.
Hereditary-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. Hereditary-pattern baldness is not really a disease, but a natural condition caused by some combination of genetics, hormone levels and the aging process. Almost all men and women will notice hair loss or hair thinning as they age.
- Common baldness in women, also called female pattern alopecia, androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is genetically inherited and can come from either the mother's or father's side of the family. Female alopecia most commonly presents in a diffuse pattern, where hair loss occurs over the entire scalp.
- Male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), more than 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 will be affected by male pattern baldness to some extent. The male hair loss pattern is typically manifested in a M shaped forehead in men.