Leading Causes of Hair Loss
This entry was posted on February 15, 2008.
If you're losing your hair you know it's a serious thing, but did you ever wonder why it's happening? Here are the top causes of hair loss according to one of our favorite hair loss authorities Nioxin.
Family: Yep, genetics. Though you may have heard that hair loss runs through your mother’s father, the way your body converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is hereditary from mom or pop.
Hormones: Certain health changes during pregnancy, childbirth and menopause may make your hormones whacky, and cause hair loss. So can improper thyroid function – those hormones again!
Environment: External pollution, mineral deposits from your water in the shower (hint – filter it), and toxins in the air can all contribute to hair loss. Internal toxins inside your body can also be a trigger, so try to detox.
Drugs: Steroids, birth control pills, chemo treatments, acne meds, heart pills, you name it. If you are taking any medication it could possibly cause loss of hair. Your hair follicles are super sensitive and don’t like change.
Stress: When we’ve “had it up to here” and stressed to the max the body produces increased testosterone. Yep, and this is converted to DHT which interferes with hair growth. De-stress. Relax. Chill.
Diet: High fat, fad diets and bad eating habits can all contribute to the health of your hair. Things like iron, biotin and protein are all vital for healthy hair and if you’re diet is lacking, well you know.
What can you do? Try to avoid all of the triggers. Unfortunately you cannot escape heredity but you can make sure you follow a healthy diet and stay away from the stress! Hey, every little bit helps.