Causes of Hair Loss
The causes of male and female hair loss differ slightly.
For men the main culprit is DHT, a by-product of testosterone that reduces the microcirculation in the scalp which means the hair follicles are starved. In women hair loss is more often linked to hormonal changes and stress. In both cases any underlying medical issues should be ruled out, then action taken to rebuild the structure of healthy hair by ingesting the correct amounts of vitamins, minerals and most importantly amino acids.
Hair Loss in Women
Any girl or woman can be affected by hair loss, but it is more common in certain groups. Normal hair loss amounts to about 50-100 hairs per day. Causes of excessive loss of hair range from heredity to medical conditions to styling issues.
Many people think that hair loss only affects men. However, it is estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss. The most significant cause of hair loss in women is female-pattern hair loss (FPHL), which affects some 30 million women in the United States.
Common hair loss triggers in women:
This gland located at the front of your neck releases chemicals that play a major role in metabolism, growth and development of the human body.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
When your body produces more androgens, or male hormones that it should. This can cause excess hair growth on the face and body, acne and weight gain
The immune system attacks healthy follicles by mistake, causing hair to fall in large patches. In most cases the damage is not permanent and hair should grow back between a 6 month and 1 year period
Hair may seem fuller during pregnancy due to the high hormone levels that maintain the hair in the resting period. Unfortunately after childbirth when the hormones return to their normal levels, these hairs fall out.
The hormones that suppress ovulation could cause your hair to thin. It might happen when you stop taking the pill. Other drugs linked to hair loss include blood thinners and medicines that treat high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.
You may lose more than weight with a fad diet. And if you drop 15 pounds or more, you might also shed some hair a few months down the road. Don’t worry too much — it’ll return when you’re back on a healthy diet.
Hair Loss in Men
Most white men develop some degree of baldness, according to their age and genetic makeup. Male pattern baldness affects up to half of all white men by the age of 50 years and up to 80 percent of men in the same group by the age of 70 years. Other ethnic groups, such as Chinese and Japanese, are less affected.
Signs and symptoms of hair loss may
Gradual thinning on top of head.
This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting both men and women as they age. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead in a line that resembles the letter M. Women typically retain the hairline on the forehead but have a broadening of the part in their hair.
Circular or patchy bald spots.
Some people experience smooth, coin-sized bald spots. This type of hair loss usually affects just the scalp, but it sometimes also occurs in beards or eyebrows. In some cases, your skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
Sudden loosening of hair.
A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.