What Causes Hair Loss

Whether you are looking for hair restoration or other hair loss treatment, understanding the cause of your hair loss is the key to finding the optimal treatment. Here are some of the most common causes of hair loss and possible ways to treat and prevent them.

1. Pattern hair loss and heredity

Male-pattern and female-pattern hair loss are the most common causes of hair loss. This type gradually develops over the years and by the age of 50 affects about 50% of males and 25% of females. While the cause of female-pattern hair loss, mostly defined by thinning, remains unclear, male pattern hair loss typically appears as a receding hairline and bald spots, and is caused by a combination of genetics and male hormones. Some of the most popular treatments today include topical Minoxidil, also marketed as Rogaine, oral Finasteride, PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) therapy, and hair transplant surgery, which is the most permanent solution.

2. Physical or emotional stress

Another common type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium and is characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair caused by physical or physiological stress. The most common examples are pregnancy and childbirth, severe illnesses, surgeries or traumas that affect the hair cycle. Hair loss related to these events can take place immediately or up to a few months after the actual event. This type of hair loss typically stops once the cause is treated or resolved. Quality rest and sleep, exercise and balanced nutrition are recommended to promote the recovery process.

3. Diet

An unbalanced diet, specifically with the lack of protein, iron or vitamin B, can result in the slow down of hair growth, thinning and shedding. If this is the reason for hair loss, adding supplements to your daily nutritional intake should reflect in your hair health within a few months. Analyzing your regimen with a doctor or nutrition specialist will help define the deficiency and target the problem.

4. Medications

Hair growth can be majorly affected by the continuous use of certain medications including blood thinners, antidepressants, birth-control pills, anabolic steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Also, well known diabetes, hormonal and cancer treatments may lead to significant hair loss. Regularly consult with your doctor to keep track of the side effects and discuss with them the change of dosage and alternative treatments if any hair loss does occur.

5. External Damage

Exposing your hair to high heat and extensive styling, harsh chemical products and treatments, as well as wearing tight ponytails, braids, and hair extensions may cause breakage or even damage the hair root. Choosing gentle and mostly natural hair products, limiting styling with heated tools such as blow dryers or flat iron, or other harmful factors will help restore and maintain healthy and beautiful hair.

Other Possibilities : Hormones and illnesses

Hair loss can be a symptom of hormonal changes in your body due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and hypothyroidism, as well as different categories of illnesses including fungal and scalp infections, demodicosis, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, HIV, lupus erythematosus or syphilis.

Whatever the reason for your hair loss, our hair restoration experts at Capily Institute will guide you in finding the most favorable solution for your hair restoration needs. Simply complete the form below or contact us, and we will have you scheduled for a complimentary personal evaluation available at any one of our Capily Institute locations across the United States.