When it comes to hair, its no surprise most people prefer a full head.
Whether its a fashion statement, a look, or an identifiable new do,
hair has proven its long-lasting impact on society.
But what happens when it recedes, falls out, and dries up? Even though hair loss is commonly associated with men, woman may also experience sudden, unexpected fallout as well. Self esteem, attractiveness, and self-consciousness are all natural emotional responses tied to hair loss. However, instead of pouring over the need for a quick replacement, ask what is the root cause?
Hormones, which send messages to all areas of the body, play a dramatic role in the development, maintenance, and growth of hair, especially androgens (testosterone, and rosteinedione, dihydrotestosterone/DHT). DHT, a metabolite of testosterone, is a common factor in male baldness. Along with hormone imbalances, hair loss may be the result of a poor diet. Although it is oftentimes considered a natural part of aging, hair loss is not always a given and can be prevented.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
- Receding hairline
- Hair thinning near crown of head
- Chronic shedding
- Loosening of hair
- Circular, patchy bald spots
- Full-body hair loss
Hair Loss Root Causes
- Thyroid diseases
- Toxic hair-care products
- Chronic brushing
- Fungal infection
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Inflammatory disorders
- Infections (syphilis)
- Poor circulation
- Hormone imbalance
- Medication (birth control pills, beta-blockers, antidepressants, NSAIDs, and retinoids)
- Autoimmune (lupus)
- Excessive shampooing (pulling, rubbing)
- Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp)
- Sudden blood loss
- Abnormal diets
- Tumor of the ovary or adrenal glands
Types of Hair Loss
Male/Female Pattern Baldness - Characterized by balding occurring near the top of the head in men, pattern baldness can also affect women, who usually notice thinning near the front, sides, and top of the head.
Hair Loss Diet & Lifestyle Changes
- Eat organic, fresh, all natural, unrefined, low sugar foods. Remember, normalizing insulin levels is an important step in maintaining a healthy head of hair.
- If you are not supplementing with essential fatty acids, start by taking one right away. A diet high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids helps supply the nutrients hair needs to grow.
- If the hair loss is the result of an autoimmune disorder, seek some sort of mind-body treatment.
- Handle hair with care. Hair styling techniques, including braiding, pulling, buns, ponytails, and wraps, can be harmful to hair follicles.