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Hair loss is an incredibly common condition that affects men and women. Fortunately, there are many treatments that address slowing hair loss and regrowing hair.
It’s common and healthy for every person to lose up to 100 strands of hair daily. However, there are several genetic conditions, diseases, and disorders that can cause premature and excessive hair loss.
If you’re concerned with thinning hair, it’s important to see a doctor or dermatologist to determine what the cause might be and to suggest some safe treatment options.
FUE hair transplant. Photo courtesy of Dr. Stephen Ronan.
FUE hair transplant. Photo courtesy of Dr. Michael Vories.
PRP for hair loss. Photo courtesy of Dr. Steven Weiner.
Scalp micropigmentation. Photo courtesy of Dr. Baubac Hayatdavoudi.
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Hair loss causes
Hair loss, or alopecia, may be caused by several conditions. There are different forms of alopecia, as well as other factors that can contribute to baldness or thinning hair.
Hair loss in men
Androgenic alopecia is commonly known as male pattern baldness, but it can affect both men and women (see female pattern baldness). It is a hereditary condition that can come from genes on either side of your family tree and can cause hair loss to occur as early as the teen years.
The development of androgenic alopecia is not only related to genetic predisposition, but also the aging process and the presence of hormones and corresponding receptors. Baldness starts when the male sex hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) triggers hair follicles to shrink over time (follicular miniaturization) and stop growing new hair.
For men, hair loss typically begins at the hairline and crown and may continue until only hair around the sides and back of the head remains, creating a horseshoe shape of hair.
Hair loss in women
Androgenic alopecia also triggers what is commonly referred to as female pattern baldness. DHT, the same sex hormone that triggers pattern baldness in men, is also responsible for pattern baldness in women.
The main difference between female and male pattern baldness is how the typical baldness pattern takes shape.
Women losing their hair tend to experience diffuse thinning or hair loss across their entire head, and sometimes at the crown, but the hairline is maintained. Men typically experience hairline recession in an “M” shape and hair loss on the crown.
Other hair loss causes
Alopecia areata: An auto-immune condition with no known cause that results in patchy hair loss on the scalp.
Alopecia totalis: An auto-immune condition with no known cause that results in loss of all hair on the scalp.
Alopecia universalis: An auto-immune condition with no known cause that results in loss of all hair on the entire body, including the scalp.
Traction alopecia: A condition that occurs when the scalp is scarred and hair roots are damaged from overstyling or pulling hair too tightly in ponytails, braids, or pigtails.
Trichotillomania: A psychological disorder that causes people to compulsively pull out hair from the scalp, brows, or elsewhere.
Hyperhidrosis: A condition that causes excessive sweating, resulting in lactic acid secretion that can harm the hair and scalp.
Hormonal changes or imbalance: May be caused by pregnancy, birthing, discontinuing use of birth control medication or devices that affect hormones, menopause onset, thyroid conditions, and severe emotional trauma or shock.
Medical treatments: Such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy for cancer.
Medications: Such as Accutane, blood thinners, anti-inflammatories, anti-fungals, and drugs to treat depression, high blood pressure, ulcers, thyroid disorders, Parkinson’s, heart disease, gout, glaucoma, epilepsy, cholesterol, etc.
Infections: Such as tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp), a contagious fungal infection that causes patches of hair loss.
Disease: Such as diabetes, cancer, and lupus.
Excessive hair styling: Causes hair loss when hair is brush