Main Causes For Hair Thinning
Hair thinning (or hair loss) is the loss of hair from the head. Hair thinning is seen both in men and women but more in men. A change in the normal hair cycle will cause lots of hair to fall out from the root of the head. It is normal to lose around 100 hairs a day, but more than that need to be taken care.
Hair thinning can be of different types as follows.
- Involutional alopecia: Hair gradually thins with age.
- Androgenic alopecia: the Genetic condition that affects both men and women
- Alopecia areata: Patchy hair loss that results in baldness.
- Telogen effluvium: Changes in the growth cycle of hair causes temporary hair thinning over the scalp.
Here are some of the main causes of hair thinning:
- Ageing: Aging of the hair follicle is the key aspect of hair thinning.
- Nutritional deficiency: Lack of vitamin B and vitamin D, an excess of vitamin A, deficiencies of amino acid lysine, copper, and zinc, anaemia (iron deficiency), and poor diet may lead to hair thinning.
- Heredity: If the women in the family have hair thinning over generations, then the child might be prone to it.
- Hairstyles: Tight hairstyles, hair ponytails, change of the hair nature (for example straightening curly hair, curling of straight hair), ironing hair, applying hair cream makes your hair brittle and weak. This actually affects the hair root leads to hair thinning and might not grow your hair back.
- Male pattern baldness: 90% of men experience hair thinning at the age of 60. This is can be typical hair thinning or balding of the head.
- Radiotherapy or Chemotherapy: Emotional stress: Any stressful event can trigger hair thinning through which most people don’t know. Stress makes our mind go crazy and restless which causes hair thinning.
- Scalp infection: A very common fungal scalp infection is ringworm that causes bulk hair thinning in patches. Head lice, dandruff causes frequent hair thinning which needs immediate attention.
- Drugs: Intake of high dosage medicines for treatments such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, and heart attacks, affects the hormones and lead to massive hair thinning.
- Thyroid: Hair fall can be a sign that the thyroid gland is either overproducing hormones or under producing hormones.
Hair thinning can be diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist. Hair thinning can be prevented by taking more proteins, vitamins, and iron-rich food. Scalp need to be taken care by applying oil at least once in two days or an oil massage preferably. Hair is the essential physical element of beauty and so proper care need to be taken.