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Causes of Hair Loss

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On average a human head has around 100.000 hairs. There are small holes in your skin called follicles where the root of the hair is developing. Each hair has a lifespan of about 36 months, then it falls out and a new one grows. Every day each one of us loses about 50-100 hair cause they fall out.

  • Male- and female-pattern baldness – Both female- and male-pattern baldness is caused by oversensitive hair follicles. It’s because of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is made from testosterone which is a male hormone. The hair follicles react to DHT if there is too much of it. Because different follicles are affected at different times the balding process itself will be gradual so you will notice how your hair becomes thinner and grows for a shorter length of time gradually.
  • Immune system imbalance – Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition. The immune system is the body’s natural defence system, which helps protect it from infection by bacteria and viruses. Because of alopecia areata the immune system attacks hair follicles instead of its natural behaviour – attacking the cause of infection.
  • Genetics – It is thought that hair loss might be genetically predisposed
  • Anaemia (lack of red blood cells)
  • Stress (including bereavement)
  • Fungal infections
  • Chemotherapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Age

Age can be one of the factors why you start losing hair. As we are well aware, being active and eating healthy can offset the effects of us looking older. The question is can diet and hair regrowth supplements do the same to our hair?

As scientists have found out recently they can. Just a quick remark, it’s not very likely that you will experience severe hair loss because of your age alone.  As mentioned above, androgenetic alopecia can cause hair loss in men in many cases.

In women, the genetic factor seems to be the main reason why they experience severe hair loss; in fact almost 50% cases are cause of genetic factors.  The other half of women with severe hair loss can be traced to changes in hormones or some other specific diseases. If you are one of the unlucky people and have severe or sudden hair loss we recommend you see a doctor or another specialist in this field as soon as possible.

 

Sources used: NHS

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