Hair loss is defined by the thinning or total loss of hair on the head. It can affect both men and women (though tends to be more common in men). While it is a natural effect of ageing for many people, there are a number of things that can cause hair loss at any age including stress, hormonal changes and medications. Depending on your age, genetics and reasoning behind hair loss, hair may fall out in ‘clumps’ or slowly thin out across certain or all areas of the head.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Hereditary (meaning genetic) baldness tends to be the most common cause of thinning hair or hair loss, particularly in men. This type of hair loss is know as androgenic alopecia, male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness, and usually follows a predictable, gradual pattern. Men may see a receding hairline and balding spots, while women tend to find hair thins along the crown of the head.
Other causes of hair loss include:
- Hormonal changes: pregnancy, child birth or menopause can all cause hair thinning or some baldness
- Medications: hair loss can be a side effect of some medications to treat cancer, depression, high blood pressure and more
- Stress: Ongoing stress as well as a sudden physically or emotionally shocking event can cause hair loss
- Over-treating hair: Excessive treatments with harsh products or tight hair styles can lead to hair loss, particularly around the hairline.
Treating Hair Loss
It is natural to lose around 50 to 100 hairs every day. However, it is when these hairs are not replaced by new hairs growing that it may be time to look into treatments.
If your hair loss is a result of over-styling, medication or stress, you may look into treating that problem to prevent future hair loss. However, once your hair has begun thinning or balding, you may want to undo the damage that has already been done with professional treatments. These include procedures like PRP, Regenera Activa and hair filler; these all work to stimulate blood vessels in the scalp to trigger new hair growth for a healthier, thicker head of hair.