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What are the common causes of hairloss?

27 July, 2020

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Have you ever noticed your hair shedding daily and wondered if you are balding? If you have then, you’re definitely not alone. Everyone experiences a bit of hair shedding daily, and it's completely normal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is normal to shed between 50 to 100 hairs in a day, but if you come to realise that you’re losing more than that, then you may be experiencing excessive hair fall. 

While there are many different reasons for hair loss including health, genetics and lifestyle. Identifying the type of hair loss that you are experiencing would be key in determining your cause of hair loss. 

What are the types of hair loss?

  • Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that results in unpredictable hair loss causing bald patches. If one undergoes alopecia areata hair loss, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles resulting in hair fall.

  • Anagen Effluvium 

Anagen effluvium is typically caused by radiation therapies to the head like chemotherapy. As this type of hair loss is typically a side effect caused by chemotherapy, most cases of anagen effluvium are reversible and your hair will grow back once chemotherapy has been ceased. 

  • Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is a hereditary hair loss and thinning condition that affects both men and women. Men with this condition usually suffer from male pattern baldness, whereas ladies experience female pattern hair loss. 

  • Telogen Effluvium 

Telogen effluvium is a temporary hair loss condition that occurs when one experiences a traumatic life event that results in major bodily stress. 

  • Traction Alopecia 

Traction alopecia is a hair loss condition caused by repeatedly pulling on your hair for a long time. It often happens when one wears their hair pulled back tightly in a ponytail, braids, or in dreadlocks.

 

Common Causes of Hair Loss

  1. Stress

Everyone experiences stress. Although stress comes and goes, and is a completely normal part of life, being stressed till your hair falls off is definitely not. Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss type that occurs when one experiences a significantly traumatic life event. 

The most common example of telogen effluvium hair loss is postpartum hair loss in women. When one experiences this, it causes the thinning of hair, and ultimately excessive hair loss. 

  1. Genetics

Did you know that if you have a family member that suffers from hair loss, you’re at greater risk of inheriting the hair loss genes, too? Genes are a basic physical and functional unit of heredity, and it encompasses your DNA that is passed on to you. This genetic condition causes the time the hair is actively spent growing, that results in a receding hairline and patterned hair loss. 

  1. Pregnancy (Hormonal Imbalance) 

If you thought hair loss during pregnancy only occurs postpartum, then you are wrong. Hair loss during pregnancy often occurs during the first trimester when the body is undergoing many changes, causing a hormonal imbalance. Thus, shrinking the hair follicles, making it difficult for healthy hair to survive. 

  1. Post-Pregnancy (Postpartum)

Postpartum hair loss is a phenomenon that most women experience post-pregnancy. According to research by the American Pregnancy Association has found that between 40 to 50 percent of women experience postpartum hair loss. 

Though it is usually temporary, it can become permanent without proper maintenance and care. 

  1. Thyroid Disorders

The most common hormone-related hair loss causes are thyroid disorders. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are the two most thyroid disorders that cause one to lose hair. If you are diagnosed with any of these disorders, the hairs in the growth phase are affected due disruptions in the hormone production.

When one has either both too little thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) and too much thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism) it results in the hair to fall without replacement of new hairs strands. 

  1. Poor Nutritional Intake

A nutritional deficiency of vitamins and minerals are a common cause of hair loss in females. When your diet lacks the right nutrients of Vitamin C, iron and zinc, it decreases your hair’s natural ability to produce the right amounts of hair cell protein. A lack of hair cell protein causes hair strands to fall, and as a result causing hair loss.

  1. Age

For ladies, when you experience menopause, your body undergoes many bodily changes at a go, with hair loss being one of them. Aside from the slowing down of the rate of hair growth, your hair strands start to shrink and produce less melanin, causing grey hair. 

However, do not worry as it is important to remember that hair loss is a normal part of the ageing process.

  1. Medical Conditions

Hair loss can occur due to a variety of medical conditions that may render temporary or permanent hair loss as a side effect. Oftentimes, these medical conditions may cause the scalp to become inhabitable for new hair cell regeneration to take place. This type of hair loss is also known as Alopecia Areata. 

The medical conditions that can cause temporary or permanent hair loss includes: 

  • Autoimmune Disease 
  • Diabetes 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Scalp Infections (Ringworm)

But not to worry, as many of these nongenetic causes for hair loss can be treated with the right hair loss treatment to return your hair to its original state! 

 

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With 100% medically-backed hair treatment solutions, Papilla’s state-of-the-art technology and modern hair loss treatments offer clients a hair regrowth journey that rejuvenates the scalp and hair follicles, giving clients a 99% success rate of hair revitalisation.

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