Thinning hair can be a normal part of ageing or may be due to other causes such as iron deficiency. Prolonged stress is another common cause of hair loss. Lifestyle choices, such as extreme weight loss, can cause hair to thin. But hair loss can also be a side effect of long-term illness or medicine use. Some cancer treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, also cause hair loss.
Hereditary factors main cause of hair loss
Many men inherit genes that contribute to hair thinning and baldness. This chronic form of hereditary hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia. Nearly all white men are affected by this form of hair loss at a certain point in their lives. Although androgenetic alopecia is known as male pattern baldness, women can also suffer from this type of hair loss, particularly during or after menopause. In men, androgenetic alopecia is characterised by gradual hair thinning, bald patches and even complete baldness. In women, the condition doesn’t lead to complete baldness.
How to stop your hair from thinning
So what can you do when you notice your hair is starting to thin? The good news is that most cases of hair thinning can be reversed or stopped with proper help. Here are 10 interesting facts to educate you on how to maintain a full and healthy head of hair.
10 hair facts
- Vitamin B, Vitamin B12 in particular, makes hair healthier. B vitamins can be found in wholemeal products, potatoes, bananas, nuts, avocados, legumes, mushrooms, milk, soy milk and eggs.
- Hair thinning can be caused by lack of protein in your diet. Meat, fish, eggs, lentils, beans, dark green leafy vegetables provide an excellent source of protein.
- Iron deficiency affects women more often than men. This is because of their menstrual period. Iron can be found in fish, liver, beef and mutton, green beans, broccoli, leek, berries, cashew nuts, dried apricots and figs.
- Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant foods. Coffee, coca cola, and other beverages with caffeine prevent the absorption of, for example, iron. They also increase the excretion of iron.
- Sunlight makes your hair grow faster. This is because exposure to sunlight causes the body to make Vitamin D, and Vitamin D promotes hair growth.
- Stress is bad for your hair. Stress causes the level of adrenaline in the body to rise. Lactic acid is produced when adrenaline comes into contact with the sebaceous glands in the scalp. Lactic acid is bad for hair growth because it destroys the hair roots. It also blocks lymph flow and causes hair to become porous and fine, and thus easily damaged.
- Decreased blood flow to the scalp, for instance due to smoking or lack of exercise, can also cause hair thinning.
- Chronic fatigue can be a reason you are losing your hair. Chronic fatigue can have a number of causes, including sleep deprivation. The average person needs eight hours of sleep each night to function best.
- It has been scientifically proven that finasteride prevents hair loss and can increase hair growth in young men with early stage (genetic) pattern baldness. Research has shown than minoxidil and ketoconazole are also effective for treating hair loss.
- Treatment with female hormones can lead to a reversal of the balding process in women suffering from androgenetic alopecia.
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Last updated on October 13, 2016.
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