7 most common causes of hair loss
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Hair loss is a condition that affects lots of men over 50, but can also effect men in their 203, 30s and 40s. We've created an illustration of 7 common potential causes of male hair loss. If you're concerned about your hair loss please read below, visit our hair loss clinic and see what you can do about it...
Genetic causes of hair loss
Hereditary hair loss
The most common cause of hair loss is male pattern baldness, which causes the familiar “U-shape” balding patch on many men. Despite popular belief, this condition is not caused by stress but is purely genetic and passed on by both sides of the family.
Unfortunately you can’t fight Mother Nature on this one. Both men and women will see at least some hair loss and thinning as they age. From 30 onwards, hair growth starts to slow and volume decreases.
Fixing your hair: Nowadays, many men simply embrace hair loss in older age and wear it with style. However if you’re not happy about losing your hair, then effective treatments include prescription tablets Finasteride, and hair transplants which have become increasingly safe and effective.
Lifestyle causes of hair loss
Not eating right
Like anything else, your hair needs nutrients to grow and stay healthy. Sudden weight loss, low iron levels, or a poor diet can all lead to patchy hair shedding – albeit on a temporary basis.
Fixing your hair: Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of protein, iron, zinc and biotin. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils are a great place to start.
You’re too stressed
Despite what most people think, stress is a very rare cause of hair loss. Only one type of hair loss (telogen effluvium) is caused by intense physical or emotional stress. This type of hair loss causes a sudden widespread thinning, rather than a receding hairline.
Fixing your hair: Removing the cause of your stress is best, but when this isn’t possible (i.e. from a job you can’t quit) then consider trying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and taking regular exercise to manage the stress. Hair growth should return to normal within 6 months.
Your hair is too tight
Fashion and healthy-hair often sit together about as well as oil and water – tight braids, man buns, cornrows and harsh treatments can all damage your scalp significantly. And if the roots are damaged, that means hair loss.
Fixing your hair: Be sensible, and don’t follow hair damaging trends that pull your hair too tight. Take care of your scalp by using moisturising shampoos and conditioners, and avoid dying your hair too often without a break.
Skin and scalp conditions
Easily mistaken for dandruff, psoriasis of the scalp causes an overproduction of skin cells visible as large white flakes. This condition can sometimes damage hair follicles and lead to temporary hair loss.
Fixing your hair: If you suspect psoriasis is the cause, consult your doctor who can provide treatments such as medicated shampoos. Hair growth should return to normal once this condition is treated.
A harmless skin condition sometimes found on the scalp, indicated by small red patches that are often itchy. This is caused by an inflammatory response in your scalp and can cause hair loss in large patches on the head.
Fixing your hair: Try to avoid scratching as this can lead to a secondary infection, then seek advice and treatment from your doctor – hair growth should resume once the scalp is less inflamed.
Hair loss happens to almost every man at some point in his life. Treatments are becoming more advanced every year, so identify the cause of your hair loss first and then seek the best possible treatment.