11 Sep 2019
Losing hair? Here are five reasons for it
Hair loss can be difficult to cope with.
Although hair loss or baldness can affect anyone, men are more prone to it than women.
If you experience thinning or loss of hair, consult with your doctor for underlying causes and potential treatment.
From family history to medications, here are five major causes of hair loss, and what you can do about it.
Causes of hair loss: Heredity, certain medications, and stress
Heredity: A receding hairline, thinning of hair, or bald spots could simply be consequences of family history (heredity). It occurs gradually with age, and in predictable patterns.
Medication: Certain medications, such as those of cancer, arthritis, depression etc. can also lead to hair loss.
Stress: A general thinning of hair could be caused after suffering from a major physically or emotionally stressful event.
Causes of hair loss: Hormonal imbalance and certain hairstyles/hair treatments
Hormonal disturbance: Hormonal changes due to certain medical conditions can also cause hair loss. These conditions include pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, thyroid, among others.
Certain hairstyles and hair treatment: Excessive hairstyling or certain hairstyles, that pull hair tightly and put extra pressure, can also be the reason for hair loss. Further, hair treatments such as hot oil treatment and permanents can also be the culprit.
Here are some general tips to help prevent hair loss
Heredity or genetics-induced hair loss cannot be prevented. However, for other preventable types, follow these tips:
1) Handle your hair with care: Avoid tight hairstyles like braids, buns and ponytails. Don't indulge in unnecessary pulling or twisting of hair.
2) Avoid consumption of medications that might cause hair loss.
3) Avoid artificial hair treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments, etc.
More tips to prevent hair loss
4) Be gentle while washing and brushing your hair. For brushing, use a wide-toothed comb to prevent hair loss.
5) Protect your hair from excessive sunlight and other sources of UV light.
6) Get rid of smoking, as studies suggest it triggers hair loss.
Note: If these prevention tips don't work, see your doctor for any serious underlying condition, and take appropriate treatment.