Common Hair Loss Causes and What You Can do About Your Hair Loss
Did you know that it is normal to lose about 100 hairs per day? The average human head has about 100,000 hair follicles. Each follicle is capable of growing up to 20 strands of hair in one’s lifetime. So, some modest loss of hair should not get you concerned. But what happens when you have an abnormal hair loss? What are the causes of hair loss?
On average, normal human hair lives for about 2 – 7 years. Once produced by the follicle, each hair goes through several cycles before it falls out. There are three phases of hair growth, namely: anagen (growing stage), catagen (intermediate stage) and telogen (shedding or resting stage).
Are you loosing too much hair too soon? Does it feel like your hair loss is excessive? Let us look at some of the reasons why this may be happening to you.
As people grow older, the capacity for their bodies to regenerate and produce new hair reduces. This means that older people are losing far too many hairs than they are replacing them. This is because their hair spends more time at the telogen phase making it harder for new hair to grow. Their bodies are also not producing enough hair pigment causing their hair to turn gray, thin out and fall off. For women, this is compounded by the hormonal imbalance associated with menopause.
But if it’s any consolation, everyone grows old!
Loosing too much hair? Blame it on the genes! As with many conditions, one can inherit hair loss from their forbears. In fact, one has a 50% chance of sharing the same X chromosome as their maternal grandfather. This means that if your maternal grandfather had problems with their hair, there is a chance that you have inherited the condition. The baldness gene is primarily found on the X chromosome, which for men, they only get from their mothers. Maybe it’s time to draw the family tree of baldness – to be forewarned, is to be forearmed!
Stress and hair loss
Stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss. This phenomenon is usually referred to as telogen effluvium. Whether the stress is physical or physiological, it usually shocks one’s system. When the body is stressed, it usually sends the wrong signals to your hair follicles. They slow down on hair production as more hair spend significant time in the resting phase. Things like sudden weight loss, surgery, pregnancy or even a lot of stress may shock your system and lead to hair loss.
Thyroid disease is another common cause of hair loss. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid is either inactive or it produces very low levels of the thyroid hormone. You may be aware that the thyroid hormone is responsible for basal metabolic rate. The growth of your hair, nails, and skin may be affected severely by low levels of this hormone.
Although hair loss is not the most common symptom of iron deficiency anemia, people with low levels of iron in their bodies usually experience significant hair loss. Iron is important in the making of hemoglobin which carries oxygen to the different body cells. An acute shortage of iron means that the body is producing less hemoglobin sending it into panic mode. As a result, your body prioritizes supplying oxygen to critical body functions and keeping your hair firm and shiny isn’t important enough!
Dealing With Hair Loss Causes
There isn’t much that you can do about your genetic make-up, but seeing a specialist to pinpoint the exact cause of your hair loss is something you should consider. Once the root cause of your hair loss has been established, the hair specialist will then prescribe a course of action to remedy the situation. This may be treatment, hair transplant or even lifestyle changes.
Although it is normal to lose some amount of hair, severe hair losses can cause sleepless nights and low self-esteem. Understanding the common hair loss causes, seeking the services of a hair specialist and having a positive attitude can help one address the problem and live a happy life.