Losing hair is a natural issue of the body’s renewal process, as hair falls out, new growth replaces it. Most people suffer from extreme hair loss at some stage in their life. There are a number of issues for this including medication, chemotherapy, radiation, exposure to chemicals, hormonal and nutritional factors, generalized or local skin disease, thyroid disease, and stress. Many of these reasons are temporary and a few are everlasting.
Some of the things which cause hair fall are lifespan, aging and styling. The average duration of a single hair is 4 to 5 years; the hair then falls out and is replaced in a few months by new ones. Shampooing, brushing hair, and blow drying can all cause hair to fall out. After the age of thirty, men and women both start losing hair, though men tend to do so at a faster rate.
Most Regular Reasons of Hair Loss:
- Drugs, Medications and Radiation are big causes of hair loss can include anticoagulants, contraceptive pills, antidepressants, amphetamines, some arthritis medications, some antibiotics, some blood thinners, medicines for gout, certain drugs for ulcers, drugs derived from vitamin-A, beta blocker drugs for high blood pressure. Cancer treatments for example chemotherapy and radiation therapy halt the growth phase of hair follicles which results in a sudden hair loss as those follicles all shed their hair at about the same time.
- Mental and physical stress has short term effect on hair loss. It does not happen immediately with the stressful event but usually takes about two or three months after a stressful period or event has begun. Therefore, hair can be lost is that the telogen phase of hair follicles occurs prematurely than is normal. As a result, you do not begin to grow new hair after old hair shed. Though, the stress has been removed the loss of hair will stop and the new hair starts to grow in place of that lost once more.
- Alopecia areata the third most common hair loss form to affect women. It is characterized by patchy areas of hair loss on the head or it can be more common over the body. It is thought to be caused by deficiencies in the immune system but much is still not known about the problem. In many cases the hair re-grows spontaneously after a variable period of time, but in a minority of cases the problem may be more severe and longstanding.