There is no single cause of thinning hair, there are actually quite a few.
Thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Hair cells reproduce at a faster rate than any other in our bodies, so they are also sensitive to changes in our health or environment.
Addressing thinning hair begins with understanding what causes it and what contributes to it as well as knowing what the early warning signs are and what to look out for.
Here is a list of the main causes:
A common family predisposition involves natural, age-related hormonal changes that can trigger hair loss. This is caused by the conversion of testosterone into the toxin Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and can be inherited from either your mother or your father.
Nutrition and Diet
What you eat can play a significant role in hair thinning. A high consumption of animal fats, rapid weight loss and liquid protein diets can result in a lack of amino acids, biotin, iron, protein and zinc, all of which are essential for healthy-looking hair.
Air and water pollutants, chlorine, metals and minerals may be left on the scalp and hair as we wash with water every day. These contribute to hair thinning. Pollutants, such as pseudo-estrogens and toxins from within our bodies, are also a factor.
Stress and Trauma
Stress can produce increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT and interrupts the hair’s growth cycle. Stress also constricts blood supply through the capillaries, restricting oxygen and nutrient uptake and vitamins to the hair follicle.
Several underlying health issues can cause hair thinning, including a malfunctioning of the hormone-producing thyroid gland and the natural hormonal changes women experience after pregnancy and during the menopause.
The hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes in the body. Any hormone therapy (including birth control) can contribute to hair thinning, as can steroids, specific chemotherapies, and medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and acne.
How to tell if thinning hair might affect you in the future:
Seborrhea is a functional disease of the sebaceous glands that produces excessive sebum, which builds up on the scalp. An over-production of sebum is a warning sign indicating the same hormonal imbalances that lead to hair loss. Healthy, deeply rooted hair comes from a scalp that is clean and free from debris.
A build-up of sebum or products blocks hair follicles and can prevent new hair coming through the skin and maturing. In time, the lack of new growth will make hair look increasingly thin.
Excessive Body Hair
Excessive body hair for men indicates a greater chance of premature hair loss; there is a 50% greater risk if a man has complete chest hair; 70% greater risk if a man has chest, shoulder and back hair; and 90% greater risk if a man has total body hair.
Excessive or sudden appearance of body hair in women can indicate the same hormonal imbalance which causes premature hair loss.
Daily Hair Loss
Excessive daily hair loss is when 100 or more hairs per day are lost and not replaced at the same rate, indicating potential hair thinning problems. Hair has three growth phases. In order for the newest hair to mature, the scalp needs to be kept clean and hair needs to be protected from damage and breakage – one of the most common causes of thin-looking hair.
Acne is the inflammation of the sebaceous glands from retained secretion and is associated with hormone by-products. Acne is an indication of the hormonal imbalances that often lead to premature hair thinning.
Hair loss, for whatever reason, can be a devastating experience. Whether you are concerned about future hair loss or you are experiencing thin hair right now, Nioxin may be the answer you’re looking for.
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