Home Hair Loss Causes of Hair Loss
Hair loss and thinning of hair affect 40% of men and 25% of women by the age of 40. Hair thinning makes the hair look unmaintained. Physicians around the world are giving a close look at hair loss and thinning. Recent findings reveal three major causes of hair loss: genetics, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. The factors of hair loss in women are:
DHT95% of hair loss in women is cause by female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), a hereditary hair disease. In this condition a hormone, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop producing hair. In androgenetic alopecia the baldness occurs generally over the front of the head and not in the crown area as with men. Hair loss in this condition becomes worse at the time of menopause.
Oily HairEven if the hair starts thinning the sebaceous gland keeps on producing same amount of oils as before. This makes the thinned hair overly oily, lifeless and flat. Besides, sebum (a sticky mixture of dead skin and oils) also contains DHT which clogs the pores and deters hair growth.
HormonesHormonal imbalance is another important cause of hair loss in both men and women. Women experience varying degrees of hair loss after pregnancy, or when taking birth control pills. At the time of pregnancy, hormonal changes occur rapidly and more hair follicles enter the growth phase than normal. About two to three months after childbirth, the normal hair cycle returns and many hairs re-enter the resting phase causing excessive shedding.
Unbalanced DietYour hair reflects your health conditions. Your body as well as your hair needs a balanced diet to stay healthy. A junk food habit snatches away the nutrition from your hair. Lack of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts takes a toll on your hair. Prepackaged foods are sometimes the cause of hair loss because they contain some high amounts of copper and sodium and low levels of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
Salt and CopperCopper concentrations below 1.7 milligrams and/or above 3.5 milligrams in the skin cause hair loss. This type of copper toxicity varies from person to person, and depends on an individualís metabolism and diet. High levels of sodium in the body may also cause hair loss.