There are many factors that can contribute to and cause hair loss. The most common causes are:
- hormonal and medical conditions
- medications and supplements
- radiation therapy
- tight hairstyles
- hot oil treatments
Heredity is the most common cause of hair loss in women and men. The most common of these hereditary conditions is male and female pattern baldness. This condition causes gradual hair loss with aging and causes things such as bald spots, receding hairline, and thinning hair.
Hormonal changes and medical conditions can also cause permanent or temporary hair loss. Hormonal changes can be caused by thyroid problems, menopause, pregnancy, and childbirth. The most common medical conditions that cause hair loss are ringworm, alopecia areata, and trichotillomania (a hair-pulling disorder).
Certain types of medications and supplements can also cause hair loss. Hair loss is a possible side effect of medications that are used to treat heart problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, and depression. Cancer treatments such as radiation therapy can cause hair loss or thinning. Even after treatment, the hair may not return as thick as it previously was.
Extreme stress can cause your hair to thin for months after the stressful event has passed.Tight hairstyles such as tight ponytails, cornrows, or pigtails can cause traction alopecia. Hot oil treatments and perms can irritate and inflame the hair follicles and lead to scarring and hair loss that is possibly permanent.
What Can You Do to Prevent Hair Loss?
Hair loss caused by genetics is not avoidable, but there are some things you can do to avoid unnecessary hair loss and thinning. If you would like to prevent hair loss, avoid tight hairstyles and twisting your hair. It is important to be gentle in order to prevent traction alopecia. When your hair is wet, make sure to only use a wide-toothed comb to avoid hair loss and damage. Avoid harsh treatments such as hot oil, perms, and use of heated tools. It would be best if you also tried to avoid medications and supplements that have hair loss as a side effect. You can also use over the counter treatments such as Rogaine/Minoxidil. These products, when applied to the area of hair loss, can help treat some types of hair loss.
At our clinic we offer a new type of treatment to help you combat hair loss. If you are looking for an all-natural chemical-free solution, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) may be an excellent option for you. PRP injections can help regrow hair by stimulating hair growth and regenerating hair follicles. This permanent solution will allow your hair to grow naturally by injecting the PRP treatment into the area where you are experiencing baldness or thinning and helps to regenerate those damaged follicles, so they become productive again. Over time your hair will appear thicker and healthier without anyone noticing any treatment was performed.
If this sounds like a treatment you would benefit from, schedule a consultation with us today so we can begin the journey to reverse your hair loss naturally.