Hair thinning and hair loss can be frustrating and embarrassing, and when you have no idea why you’ve fallen victim to its curse, or how to put a stop to it, you probably start feeling a mix of confusion and terror. Losing hair, especially for women, can be equivalent to losing identity, beauty, and self-confidence. So if you’ve started dreading glancing at your hairbrush after combing your dwindling locks, please read on.
It’s extremely important to understand the underlying cause of your hair loss. There are multiple factors that could be affecting why your shower drain looks more and more clogged up every day. Are you wearing damaging hair extensions? Is your hair being pulled too tight when you wear it up? Are your hormones out of balance, or do you have an underlying more serious condition, such as a thyroid issue or perhaps an autoimmune disorder? Why are your hair follicles under attack? Time to get down to the root of the problem– no pun intended.
CULPRIT #1: HORMONAL FACTORS
According to the American Hair Loss Association, the most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary hormonal condition called androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness. The conversion of the male hormone testosterone dihydrotestosterone (DHT)– which is also present in women but at much lower levels– shrinks your hair follicles with no mercy, thereby creating insurmountable obstacles for your scalp to overcome.
A variety of hormone-related factors, including ovarian cysts, pregnancy, menopause, and birth control pills dosed with a high androgen index, can trigger androgenetic alopecia in women. The symptoms of the disease can appear as diffuse thinning of the hair, distinct bald spots, pattern female baldness, which is measured by the width of a scalp’s central parting, or simply as a combination of the above.
CULPRIT #2: MEDICAL CONDITIONS
A variety of medical conditions can also impact hormone levels, such as thyroid problems, while other conditions affect the hair follicles directly, such as alopecia areata, scalp infections and severe autoimmune disorders. Certain medications used to treat cancer, arthritis, depression, cardiovascular problems and high blood pressure, are also known to cause hair loss as a side effect.
CULPRIT #3: SCALP CONDITIONS
Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp; so if you’re suffering from scalp inflammation and are seeing its results, such as an excess of dryness, dandruff or oiliness, you’ll need to address these issues to reverse your hair thinning. You can find out more about scalp conditions by reading Four Steps Guaranteed to Revamp Your Scalp & Hair.
CULPRIT #4: TRAUMA & STRESS
Telogen effluvium refers to hair loss caused by a severe body trauma like childbirth, malnutrition, excessive weight loss, severe infections or major surgeries. This kind of shock can yank hair out of the growing or resting phase right into the dreaded shedding phase. Losing handfuls of hair 6 weeks to 3 months after the stressful event is also a possible delayed outcome. Telogen effluvium can also occur after experiencing emotional trauma or extreme stress.
CULPRIT #5: TRACTION HAIR LOSS
If your own hands are the culprits of your hair loss, you may suffer from trichotillomania– a disorder that gives humans the irresistible urge to pull out their own hair. This can leave you with patchy, bald spots, which you may find bothersome. There are many ways to get help for overcoming this disorder– consult your doctor or get more information on the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Are you always pulling up your hair in tight ponytails, braids, or buns? Beware. It’s not uncommon for hair to start receding and falling out as a consequence. Or are you thinking about getting hair extensions to achieve that sexy, va va voom look that all Hollywood stars seem to have? Exercise caution and use the Theradome to prevent hair loss.
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