Many causes of hair loss and hair thinning are due to the interruption of the hair growth cycle, which has three phases – anagen (growth phase), catagen (follicle renewal) and telogen (resting). Hair normally sheds at the end of the telogen phase as a new hair pushes through, but a disrupted cycle could mean that hair sheds before new growth is fully ready.
Heredity, underlying medical conditions, or environmental causes like stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices could all be reasons for hair thinning, and in some cases progressing to a partial loss of hair (e.g. a receding hairline) or even total loss of hair on the head.
Genetics is one of the main reasons for hair loss in men. If you have a family history of hair loss, it is possible that you will experience it too, and that fact holds true for both males and females. However, there are other reasons our hair thins or falls out, some of which we can control. Other causes include:
- Hormonal changes, especially increases in dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the male sex hormone. Some hormonal changes may be age-related.
- Extreme dieting and malnutrition – hair grows from inside the body, so if the body is not supplying the correct nutrients hair growth may be substandard.
- Medical and genetic conditions such as alopecia areata and male pattern baldness.
- Medications and treatment used for diseases like arthritis and heart problems, and radiation for cancer patients.
- Environmental factors such as polluted air or water.
- Damage to the hair follicles through excessive straining (as with certain hairstyles) or harsh chemical treatments.
Changes to the hair can happen quickly, or it can occur gradually over the years. Even though hair loss is associated with aging, it can begin sooner – in some cases as early as 21 years of age.
The first thing you may notice is more hair falling out, or areas where your hair looks thinner than it used to:
- Your hair is thinner. If you’re noticing thinner patches of hair, you may be in the early stages of hair loss – though thinning hair can in itself be a distressing change, even if you do not progress to hair loss. Thinning in the crown area is common for men.
- You notice a receding hairline. A change in hairline, whether slight or severe, can be a sign of hair loss. Hair usually begins thinning at the forehead or temples and moves toward the back of the scalp over time. Find out more about receding hairlines.
- You see circular and patchy bald spots on your scalp. Coin-sized bald spots (or larger) are another way in which men experience hair loss. If you are also experiencing an itchy scalp, this could be a sign of psoriasis, dermatitis, or another skin condition. Read more about male balding.
- You see large clumps of hair falling out. You may notice large clumps of hair on your pillow when you wake up, while brushing it or when showering.
There are a number of different ways to treat thinning and hair loss.
- First, if you’re losing hair talk to your doctor or trichologist to see if a medical condition could be the cause. During your visit, it’s also a good idea to review the list of medications you are on to see if any of them could be contributing factors – your doctor may be able to recommend alternative medication.
- You may want to try a different haircut, or hair styles to alleviate any strain on your roots, and to help hide light thinning.
- Help your hair look thicker. Our treatments are formulated to combat hair thinning by helping hair to grow as full as possible, through giving attention to the derma (scalp skin and environment), density (hair follicles producing hairs) and diameter (hair growing through fully and at maximum thickness, without frequent breakage).
- Medical interventions such as steroid injections or finasteride.
- Surgical interventions such as hair transplants.
Living a healthy lifestyle can both to help prevent hair thinning in the first place, and will support healthy hair growth.
Eat a rich, balanced diet high in vitamins and nutrients like biotin, iron, zinc, and Vitamin A. Avoid smoking cigarettes (some scientists believe cigarette smoke can harm hair follicles and damage hormones), get plenty of rest, and drink alcohol in moderation.
Try to keep your stress levels low, as stress can disrupt the hair growth cycle. Exercise, meditation, or relaxing with a good book are a few good ways to de-stress.
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