It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, but thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Most of the people buy expensive hair serums and shampoos to deal with hair loss but the truth is that they do not regrow hair, although they might make it shinier and softer.
There are dozens of reasons for hair loss, this is why Minoxidil doesn’t work for every individual. The root cause of hair loss varies from person to person. It could be a simple vitamin deficiency or a more complex underlying health condition like hormonal imbalance in your body.
In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause. Here are some common and not-so-common reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head.
1. Too much vitamin A: Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The Daily Value for vitamin A is 5,000 International Units (IU) per day for adults and kids over age 4; supplements can contain 2,500 to 10,000 IU.
What to do: This is a reversible cause of hair loss and once the excess vitamin A is halted, hair should grow normally.
2. Vitamin B deficiency: Although relatively uncommon in the U.S., low levels of vitamin B are another correctible cause of hair loss.
What to do: Simple supplementation should help the problem. So can dietary changes.
3. Genes & Aging: Several men and women experience hair loss by age 60, and most of the time it’s due to a combo of genes. In men the hair recedes at the temples, leaving an M-shaped hairline. Unlike men, women don’t tend to have a receding hairline, instead their part may widen and they may have noticeable thinning of hair.
What to do: There are topical creams like minoxidil (Rogaine) that can halt hair loss or even cause some to grow; surgery to transplant or graft hair is also an option.
4. Iron Deficiency Anemia: An iron deficiency is an easily fixable cause of hair loss. You doctor will have to do a blood test to determine for sure if you have this type of anemia.
What to do: A simple iron supplement should correct the problem. In addition to hair loss, other symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include fatigue, headache, dizziness, pale skin, and cold hands and feet.
5: Hypothyroidism: This is a thyroid hormone imbalance. When it’s not pumping out enough hormones, can contribute to hair loss.
What to do: Synthetic or desiccated thyroid medication will take care of the problem. Once your thyroid levels return to normal, so should your hair.
6. Autoimmune-related hair loss: This is also called alopecia areata and basically is a result of an overactive immune system which sees the hair as foreign and targets it by mistake.
What to do: Steroid injections are the first line of treatment for alopecia areata, which appears as hair loss in round patches on the head.
7. Estrogen dominance: This is sometimes referred to as testosterone deficiency in the scientific literature. When this imbalance is corrected, hair grows back; the goal is more testosterone, less estrogen.
8. SHBG: This stands for Sex Hormone Binding Globulin and low levels lead to hair loss. FYI, green tea raises SHBG.
9. Estrogen or menopausal drugs: These drugs are used for birth control and hormone replacement. The reason is “estrogen dominance,” but for the final nail in the coffin, these drugs deplete almost all your B vitamins. Taking a B complex can certainly offset the drug-induced nutrient depletion, but it only does so much. Improving estrogen metabolism and breakdown (or discontinuing the estrogen-derived medicine) is your fastest path to luscious locks.
10. Anticonvulsants: Carbamazepine is one example. Antibiotics crush biotin levels too. When biotin is tanked, your hair can fall out.
What to do: Restoring probiotics and biotin can improve hair regrowth.
Some other reasons that can cause hair loss temporarily include pregnancy, chemotherapy, stress and trauma.
We hope that these tips help you to see how to stop hair from falling out. Do you suffer from hair loss or have any tips for helping it to grow? Share your stories in the Comment box below.