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If there is a hair fall, can we call him a hair loss problem? No, Before understanding the main cause of hair loss, we need to know what is hair loss.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a healthy human head has an average of 100,000 hairs, and an average of 50-100 hairs fall out every day. Not only that, new hair grows on our heads constantly. That is, hair naturally cycles through periods of growth, rest, shedding, and regrowth. So we cannot call normal hair loss a hair loss problem.

However, if for some reason more than 100 hairs fall out every day, and normal hair growth is disrupted, and also new hair does not grow. That is, if the normal cycle of hair is disrupted, this condition is termed as hair loss problem or alopecia in medical terms. This condition can gradually cause baldness.

 

Symptoms

Every day, while showering, I noticed some of my hair falling out, especially when shampooing. After waking up, a few hairs are also seen on the pillow. Even if you comb your hair again, sometimes a few hairs fall on the neck, shoulders, or the floor. I wasn’t worried at all because I still had enough hair on my head and I didn’t see any signs of balding. Besides, I knew that naturally every day some hair falls out and new hair grows.

But I didn’t realize that I was losing more hair than normal and not growing new hair or very little. As a result, after a few years, I noticed that the patch of hair in the middle of my head was thinning and after that, I could notice small bald patches there.

Hair loss usually develops gradually. So it is very difficult to know if you are suffering from alopecia initially until the symptoms appear. However, if you realize that your hair is falling more than usual, take immediate action if you understand this one sign.

 

Some of the visible signs of alopecia are highlighted below:

Male-pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness is medically known as androgenic alopecia. Male-pattern baldness usually begins with thinning of the hair in an “M” or “U” shape from between the ears and forehead to the middle patch of the head. Then gradually it may become partially or completely bald.

Female-pattern baldness

Female pattern baldness is also called androgenic alopecia. Female pattern baldness usually results in gradual thinning of the scalp hair in women, which affects their hair density. The center of their head and the sides of the hairline tend to go bald.

Patchy hair loss

A patchy type of hair loss is medically known as alopecia areata. Usually begins with circular bald patches on one or more parts of the head that may overlap. It can also occur in hair on other parts of the body such as beard, mustache, eyebrows, and leg hair.

Traction Alopecia

Even if you wear braids, braids, or cornrows or tie your hair tight, you can still experience hair loss. This is called traction alopecia. Frequent pulling of the scalp by hand can also cause traction alopecia.

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA)

This is a condition that can cause hair loss on the front and sides of your scalp. FFA can also affect hair on other parts of your body, such as eyebrows, beards, and leg hair.

How common is hair loss?

Baldness (androgenic alopecia) is the most common type of hair loss. An estimated 80 million people in the United States suffer from androgenic alopecia. Hair loss is a common concern that affects millions of people worldwide, transcending age, gender, and ethnicity.

 

The main causes of hair loss

Hair loss is related to one or more factors. I will highlight the main causes identified through medical science in the light of my personal experience and knowledge. Explore the causes of your hair loss here. Understanding the main reasons why your hair is falling out is the first step to effectively dealing with the condition.

 

Hereditary Hair Loss

Hereditary hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss worldwide. In men, it is called male pattern baldness and in women, female pattern baldness, but the medical term for both is androgenic alopecia. The gene you inherit causes your hair follicles (each hair that grows) to shrink and eventually stop growing. This shrinkage usually begins in the latter part of life. But in many cases, it can happen in the teenage years.

 

Age-related hair loss 

Even if there is no genetic influence, as most people age, hair growth slows down and hair follicles stop producing new hair. As a result, the hair on the scalp becomes thinner and the hair starts losing its color.

 

Alopecia areata 

When the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles (which hold the hair in place), hair starts to fall out from different parts of the body. And this disease is called alopecia areata. It is an autoimmune condition that causes the scalp, beard, eyebrows, leg hair or any other part of the body to fall out in circular patches like coins.

 

Hormonal changes

Certain factors cause dramatic changes in the body’s hormone levels. For example: pregnancy, childbirth, thyroid problems, menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc. can cause hair loss. People who take birth control pills may experience hair loss shortly after stopping the pill.

 

Chemotherapy or radiation therapy

Chemotherapy or radiation therapy is given to treat cancer or certain complex diseases. With such treatment, hair follicle cells die, resulting in hair fall. But this is temporary, hair usually regrows a few months after treatment ends.

 

Surgery 

Surgery can sometimes keep your hair follicles in a resting state longer than usual. As a result, hair growth slows down and hair falls. This can be due to anesthesia, bleeding, side effects of certain medications, mental stress, etc.

 

Medications and Supplements

Some medications can cause hair loss as a side effect. For example, some cholesterol-lowering drugs, some blood pressure drugs, the antacid cimetidine, gout drugs, the acne drug isotretinoin, some cancer drugs, some antibiotics, and some supplements can cause hair loss. If you notice that your hair is falling out after starting a medication, discuss it with your doctor. He/she may suggest an alternative medicine.

 

Infections and Poisons

Bacterial, fungal, or other scalp infections can cause severe hair loss. Because they directly hit the hair follicles. Most scalp infections are curable with the appropriate antibiotics or antifungal medications. Also, slow toxic metals like arsenic, thallium, mercury, lithium, and warfarin enter your body through various means and make it toxic slowly. Being slowly poisoned can lead to hair loss.



Hair fall due to bad lifestyle

 

Hairstyle

There are some traumatic hairstyles and chemical hair treatments that can cause permanent hair damage. In other words, the hair follicles are destroyed due to these reasons, resulting in permanent cessation of hair loss and the regrowth process. For example, if you often tie your hair tightly pull it back, or wear tight hairstyles, you may start to experience permanent hair loss. In medical terms, this is known as traction alopecia.

Also, if you color your hair, perm or relax it, use heat styling, or use harmful chemicals on your hair, such as shampoos containing formaldehyde, you may experience permanent hair loss or traction alopecia.

 

Hair Careless 

Any part of the body will suffer if not taken care of. Hair is also not affected. Neglected hair and scalp in particular can contribute to hair loss. Keep hair and scalp clean and moisturized. Use natural ingredients and products that keep hair follicles nourished and stimulated.

 

Poor Diet

All the nutrients our body needs come from our daily diet. If the body does not get the necessary nutrients and proteins from our diet to maintain good hair health and grow new hair, the symptoms of hair loss and non-regeneration appear. Inadequate intake of vitamins and minerals, especially iron and biotin, contributes to hair loss. Iron, zinc, vitamin D, and B vitamins are needed for new hair growth. So we must eat nutritious, protein, and mineral-rich foods and avoid harmful foods such as processed food, and soft drinks. Otherwise, we will soon be bald.

 

Poor sleeping habits

Inadequate sleep and night waking disrupt all-natural body processes including hair growth. It also damages the hair follicles and causes hair loss. 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night is essential for good overall body health including hair health.

 

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption 

Does smoking cause hair loss? The answer is “yes”. Cigarette smoke contains about 4,000 harmful chemicals that are major causes of hair loss. These toxins such as nicotine, ammonia, and lead in its ingredients directly penetrate and trap the hair follicles and thus damage the hair.

So, does alcohol cause hair loss? Generally, alcohol does not contain any substances that directly affect hair loss. However, since it triggers health problems that damage hair, it plays an indirect role in hair loss.

 

Lack of physical activity 

A sedentary or sedentary lifestyle negatively affects circulation, including blood flow to your body and scalp. As a result, hair loss can start and new hair growth and hair growth can be inhibited. Regular exercise can prevent some types of hair loss, as it improves blood flow to your scalp.

 

Stress and anxiety 

Chronic stress and anxiety, physical or emotional trauma can affect the health of your hair. You may also experience hair loss after a stressful time in your life, such as a divorce or the death of a loved one. Practice stress reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, etc.

 

Why did my hair fall?

From medical examinations, dermatologist opinions and advice, and my research and experience, I have come to understand that my hair loss is not due to any particular physical problem or illness. Although there is some genetic influence, it tends to have a later onset. But my bad lifestyle is the main reason for my hair loss or baldness at a young age.

Each of the topics I discussed under Bad Lifestyle had an impact on my life. I moved out of the family at the age of 17. From this time I was living a very uncontrolled and bad life. I think the most effective reason was poor diet which caused me to lack sufficient nutrients, vitamins, proteins, iron, and other essential minerals which resulted in hair loss. Among the more effective factors were night waking, daytime sleepiness and lack of sleep, smoking, lack of physical activity, hair and scalp carelessness and different hairstyles, use of harmful chemicals, etc.

Before I realized all this, the hair on my head was very thin and bald. Then I try to make drastic changes in my lifestyle. I developed nutritious eating habits and cut down on junk food. Also, try to get enough sleep and do some physical exercise every day. I don’t take care of my hair and scalp and try to avoid smoking. After a long time like this, my hair fall is reduced, still have a very thin scalp and signs of balding, but I think it is slowly recovering. And I am trying to recover it, I hope it is possible.

So I think from my personal experience, all types of hair loss other than physical illness, drug or treatment side-reactions, infections and poisons, hereditary and age-related hair loss are caused only by bad lifestyle. Hair loss caused by illness and related causes is temporary and re-emerges later. But hair loss caused by a bad lifestyle is impossible to recover unless you change your lifestyle. It takes a long time to honor lifestyle changes so be careful before most hair loss occurs. Live a healthy lifestyle for healthy and beautiful hair.