We’ve all looked at our reflection in the mirror, lamenting about the state of our hair on a given day. But what happens with each passing day, when our crowning glory continues to detract from our appearance? In fact, think of the emotional issues that may surface due to hair thinning or loss. The anguished cry, ‘My hair is falling out!’ can shake the heartiest constitution.
The first question that often arises during molting season is: “Why?” And there is an answer but it may be unique to you. Indeed, the causes of falling hair vary, and two people can take two different paths on the road towards baldness.
My Hair is Falling Out – Common Hair-Compromising Instigators
1) Male Pattern Baldness | Female Pattern Hair Loss – I get it. Hormones are essential to life. Produced by the glands, entering the bloodstream, they help cells do their job, and direct and regulate so many functions within the body.
But they also can prove problematic when their levels drop too low or go too high. Moreover, after enzyme interaction, hormones may morph into forms that are disagreeable.
Consider testosterone. After it interacts with the enzyme, 5 alpha reductase, it converts into the molecule, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), thought to be the main hair loss-causing culprit.
This conversion affects males and, to a less extent, females. Still, superfluous DHT may result in male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss, called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia.
This may very well be an inherited, genetic trait.
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2) Taxing the body – This can occur when you’re under physical or emotional duress. Stress-related falling hair is classified as telogen effluvium.
In the physical realm, when you’re on crash diets, or simply not getting enough vital nutrients (e.g., protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B family, iron, etc.), the hair roots may prematurely go into a dormant, resting state. Obviously, this is not conducive for hair growth. Our body needs nutrients for vital organs and body systems to function optimally, and for a healthy, well-circulating blood supply. When the diet is lacking, cell formation is just not supported. (New cells should be produced at the base of the hair root if a bumper crop of hair is eventually to sprout.)
Physical distress can also come about when using too vigorous hair care methods or caustic products. Excessive or harsh brushing, using tight curling irons, exposing the scalp to intense heat from styling, putting your hair in a tight ponytail (traction alopecia), or relying on the use of chemical-based treatments, such as hair dye, can put the hair at risk.
On an emotional level, anxiety is truly a hair-killer, also deemed telogen effluvium. Unfortunately, stress can accelerate aging, and hair is just but one casualty. Some speculate that stress causes a change in cells’ DNA, leading to a host of unflattering changes, such as hair graying or falling out. It may also result in unfavorable hormone changes.
Some physicians and scientists only believe that extremely stressful events, such as when experiencing bereavement, bankruptcy, or a break-up can only induce hair cycle issues. But regardless of what is causing the stress and anxiety, an absence of a coping mechanism can propel the lament, ‘My hair is falling out.’
3) Pregnancy | birth control pills – Well, the body is taxed here, too. While some women experience hair loss during pregnancy, the higher levels of estrogen may protect serious fallout. But after giving birth, hormone levels go back to prior, pre-birth levels, and too much hair goes into the telogen, resting state. This does not cause bald spots or permanent hair loss for most women. However, it can be disheartening to see your hair on the shower floor when you’re doing your best to take care of a very demanding infant. (Stress will only exacerbate the problem.)
Come to think of it, anything that affects estrogen levels, or alters the estrogen and androgen balance, can make you say, ‘My hair is falling out.’ This is why birth control pills may lead to hair loss. Certain forms of contraception or hormone injections may enlarge your bare scalp area, too.
4) Over-zealous immune system – The immune system is the leader of our natural defenses. Its job is to thwart enemies, such as baneful bacteria or dangerous viruses. But it sometimes mistakes our poor, defenseless hair, and thinks it’s a foreign invader, attacking it mercilessly. This phenomenon is called alopecia areata.
In addition, those with auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, may see an acceleration of hair loss, as once again, the immune system has erroneously declared war with hair. Fortunately, not everyone with lupus or other auto-immune diseases will experience hair fallout, but it increases the likelihood of such an occurrence.
5) Medications – Drugs may be essential to combat disease, but as you know, all medication carries the risk of side effects. Here, one such adverse effect is hair thinning or hair loss. Antidepressants, blood thinners, beta blockers, steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and hormones, are just some potentially anti-hair drugs. Medications that are derived from Vitamin-A, such as Accutane, also pose a hair risk.
Hair loss-induced medication should not be permanent. Your hair should rebound once off the meds. But if you feel that a particular drug is hair-unfriendly, speak with your physician, and perhaps a viable substitute can be used – one that is less antagonistic towards hair.
6. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – This can happen in the body naturally. Men can even experience this malady by introducing steroids or added testosterone into their system. The syndrome occurs when there is an imbalance in the ratio of estrogen (female hormones) to androgens (male hormones). Here, excess androgens cause hair to go by the wayside.
This condition can be treated through diet, exercise, and other holistic options. Conventional medical options exist, too, but your physician will have to perform thorough testing to make his/her protocol determination.
7. Aging – As we age, hair quality and density tends to go on a downward spiral. Our bodies experience many changes through the hands of time, and one is that older hair follicles are not as productive as their younger counterparts. Also, there is a genetic predisposition to perhaps lose our hair at a certain point of our lives when we are more inclined to get sabotaged by DHT.
Is all lost for seniors? No, there are a variety of hair-boosting options. Trichologists may prove helpful in helping keep more hair intact, whether the hair is falling out in the front, or in the back, or just coming out in clumps.
The above-mentioned hair loss factors are not exhaustive and they’re not a fait accompli. Indeed, there are many holistic and natural hair loss remedies to try.
Hair regrowth is possible – even without drugs such as Minoxidil or Propecia. You can rebuild your hair so you’ll never despair again and say, ‘My hair is falling out.’
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