Are you losing hair and need to find it again? It is unlikely that normal GPS will help, but the following could be very useful in directing your path, and help you grow your hair. The following are referred to as prevention because even in the face of disease and required use of medications, you can engage in dietary and hair care practices that can preventively lessen hair loss, and encourage regrowth.
Genetics play a significant role in hair loss. Family history in many conditions may be substantially related to places of familial residence, dietary and personal consumption practices and family practices regarding hair care. This is relevant to hair as well. However, your actual gene pool effects how soon and in what patterns men lose hair, and if or when women begin to experience hair thinning and minor losses.
- Menopause. It causes hair loss by the combination of increasing the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and hair follicles becoming more sensitive to DHT. Around menopause, hormone circulation may become a bit irregular accompanied by temporary hair loss. This tends to resolve over time as the body regains its new equilibrium.
- Pregnancy – As in menopause, some women experience changes in their hair volume and texture due to hormone fluctuations. Most experience increased volume, thickness, and texture changes. Most experience these effects during pregnancy, but some react slowly, seeing changes after delivery. In either case, hair tends to return to its normal status not too long afterward.
- Anxiolytics, antidepressants, and blood pressure related medications. Discuss hair loss with the prescribing physician after the onset of use of these types of medications.
- Chemotherapy. The hair may not grow back the same as it was before.
- Hormonal Birth Control. Every woman responds slightly differently to hormones in birth control pills. Some will experience mild hair loss. Hair will usually regrow after ceasing hormonal birth control for about six months.
- Radiation therapy. The hair may not grow back the same as it was before.
- Androgenetic alopecia – a common type of balding pattern seen in men, but warrants further evaluation if occurs in women.
- Anxiety Disorder (separate from trichotillomania) – Often related to chronic, unrelenting stress, many develop hair-pulling habits, even it mild and more an insensitive brushing/combing practice.
- Depression – related to some medications used.
- Hypertension-related to some medications used.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Women with this condition suffer from a variety of possible symptoms, one of which may be hair loss.
- Psoriasis, other chronic skin disorders – most do not present largely in distribution in hairy areas. However, any such occurrences will produce patchy thinning of hair. See your physician.
- Scalp infections – Infections such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to sudden onset scaly patches and hair loss. See a physician in the case of such a presentation. Hair returns after treatment.
- Thyroid Disease – Both hypo- and hyperthyroid states can cause hair loss. Thyroid imbalances are diagnosed and treated by your physician.
Poverty, cultural practices, family practices, fad diets, extreme detoxing, and inadvertent outcomes when changing “lifestyles” can result in dietary deficiencies that are not good for many aspects of health including hair. Deficiencies that can adversely affect hair volume and texture include:
- amino acid lysine deficiency
- Biotin deficiency
- vitamin D deficiency
- iron deficiency
- deficiencies in micronutrients: copper, magnesium, selenium, and zinc
- Omega 3 fatty acids deficiency
- protein deficiency
Certain hairstyles and treatments can demonstrably damage hair. Excessive pulling for braids and ponytails of any type can cause traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments, relaxers, texturizers, and dyes can cause inflammation of, and damage to hair follicles that leads to hair loss. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent. Use of hot combs and other heated tools could burn the scalp locally, damaging hair follicles, losing hair growth in the burned regions. Be particularly careful manipulating the roots of your eyebrows as they may not grow back upon removal.
Hair loss is an often treatable condition, whether via hormonal intervention, medication (use, adjustment, cessation), psychotherapy, diet/supplementation, regrowth, implantation, supplementation (weaves), or wigs/hair pieces. Each case is unique, and you may need professional assistance to both assess and treat your condition(s).
Some cases are multifactorial, so that even if all issues were addressed as best was possible, the results may not be completely satisfactory to you. But, a full assessment will at least generate more information, and allow you to make some lifestyle and hair care decisions other than those that are apparently damaging your hair and other aspects of your health.
More than ninety-nine percent of our body hair has little more than cosmetic function. Yet, we allow it to drive a multi-billion dollar hair care industry and underpin many adverse psychological effects on people including loss of confidence, self-esteem and in some cases, anxiety, depression, social withdrawal and more. Whether hair loss is the result of natural hormonal changes, underlying medical causes, or other contributing factors, preventing further hair loss and improving hair growth helps many support their vitality. Let this help you prevent hair loss and grow your hair. Let this help you decide where your hair is going or how to get it to its healthy state. Your good health matters. Let ISG Health help you stay healthy.