Causes of Hair Thinning
Hair thinning refers to gradual, moderate hair loss that gives an overall appearance of finer hair, without actually causing baldness. As hair thinning is a gradual process, the good news is that you can act when you first notice a difference in the density of your hair, to take the necessary measures to identify the causes behind your hair loss and fortify your follicles to stabilise and reverse the thinning.
Lifestyle habits are a key contributor to thinning hair.
- Over-treating your hair. This includes color treatments, perms, relaxers, and more.
- Using harsh hair products, such as extreme-hold hair sprays and gels. Temporary color can also be harsh for your hair.
- Wearing your hair up too tightly. Whether you’re wearing an up-do or pulling your hair up in a ponytail for working out, this can tug on your hair and break it from the follicles, causing thin spots over time.
- Not getting enough iron, folic acid, and other minerals in your diet. These all help follicles produce hair naturally.
- Experiencing uncontrolled stress. Stress is related to an uptick in hormones like cortisol. Too many stress hormones may kill off new hairs that are trying to grow from the hair follicles.
Thinning hair may also be hereditary. Underlying medical considerations can also lead to this condition. You might have thinning hair if you:
- recently had a baby
- stop taking birth control pills
- are going through hormonal changes
- have lost more than 20 pounds in a short amount of time
- are being treated for an autoimmune disease
- have immune system deficiencies
- have a skin disorder or infection
Hair Thinning in Women
Hair thinning in women can be caused by several different conditions including pregnancy, thyroid disorders and anaemia. Other common causes of hair thinning in women include; polycystic ovary syndrome, autoimmune diseases, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Hair Thinning in Men
The main culprit of hair thinning in men is the effect of testosterone metabolites (DHT) in genetically susceptible hair follicles. Other causes for male hair thinning are thyroid disease, anaemia, protein deficiency, low vitamins and mineral levels.