Believe or not, humans shed. Shedding is a completely normal process of releasing the old and making room for the new. However, it can be concerning to see an unusual amount of hair loss and a lack of regrowth. There may be an underlying reason for your hair loss when you begin to notice thinning or balding spots. While some forms of hair loss are caused by genetic factors, like male pattern baldness, other issues such as hormones, thyroid issues, stress, and illness can contribute to hair loss as well. Here are some reasons you may be losing your hair.
Hormones play a large role in much of the body’s daily function. The production and shedding of hair is no different. Women can experience hair loss after childbirth or during menopause. In someone not experiencing either of these bodily changes, abnormal hormonal imbalances can have an effect hair loss. As men and women age, they can lose hair due to normal changes in their hormonal composition.
Thyroid issues are one of the most common hormone-related causes for hair loss. Besides hair loss, your thyroid can affect your weight, mood, cholesterol levels and more. Hair loss can be the result of your body producing too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism). Seeking a professional to treat your thyroid disorder can help in hair regrowth.
High levels of stress, both physical and psychological, can result in hair loss. Physical stress can include surgery, high fevers, blood loss, trauma and illness. This is another factor of why women who’ve just given birth experience hair loss for several months after delivery. Emotional stress can manifest in lack of sleep, trichotillomania (a nervous disorder in which people pull out or tug at their hair), and poor diet.
Health and Conditions
Medical conditions may lead to hair loss. An autoimmune disease called lupus can cause patchy hair loss and lesions on the scalp. Renal failure, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease, diabetes, psoriasis, and dermatitis all impact hair loss. Alopecia areata is a medical condition in which the body attacks its own hair follicles causing temporary or permanent baldness, depending on genetic and environmental factors.
Medication and Treatments
Many pharmaceuticals have side effects, including hair loss. Chemotherapy is probably the most well-known. Others include thyroid medications (before a balance is achieved), oral contraceptives, beta-blockers, and antidepressants.
If your body is low or deficient on essential nutrients, hair loss may occur. Low zinc and iron levels have been linked to hair loss. Low intakes of fats, vitamins, and minerals like copper or selenium have also been known to cause hair loss.
While flat irons and crimping combs may help you get the trendy look you strive for, these devices can damage or destroy your hair. The same is true with creating tight braids or ponytails that can cause breakage.
One option to overcome thinning hair is scalp micropigmentation procedure. During this process – which is performed by trained and certified specialists at MAXiM Hair Restoration centers – your own, shaved follicles are matched with tiny ink deposits that mimic stubble hair. Small hair strokes are then applied wherever hair has thinned or been lost creating a look of fullness and covering balding areas.
If you would like to learn more about the scalp micropigmentation process, contact Maxim Scalp Micropigmentation for more information. MAXiM Scalp Micropigmentation has offices conveniently located throughout the United States and internationally and is equipped to meet the needs of its clients.