Causes of Hair Loss

Causes of Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia is attributed to Genetic Predisposition, Androgens and Age.

Genetic reasons are a crucial factor stimulating hair loss.
Genetic predisposition is responsible not only for the appearance of hair loss but also for the rate of its progress during one’s lifetime. 

If genetic predisposition exists, then hair loss is precipitated by the action of androgens and aging.
In short, thinning arises due to the organism’s insufficiency to produce the necessary amount of new, healthy hair.

Other Causes of Hair loss

  • Scalp disorders or diseases.
  • High levels of fever.
  • Severe emotional shock or stress-psychological, physical, post operative.
  • Deficiency in proteins, vitamins, trace elements or minerals–particularly of iron.
  • Thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism).
  • Several illnesses (e.g. diabetes, dermatological diseases).
  • Chronicillnesses.
  • Chemotherapy, radiations.
  • Medicines–antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, anabolic steroids, anti-cholesterol pills, blood pressure pills, diuretics, contraceptives, anti thrombotic pills etc.
  • Injuries.

Hair health can be aggravated by outer factors as well

  • Exposure to polluted or dusty environment.
  • Excessive attrition during brushing or combing.
  • Chemical applications on hair.
  • Inappropriate or insufficient hair care.
  • Excessive exposure to UV rays.
  • Repeated contact with sea or chlorinated water.
  • Smoking.

For more information on hair loss, you can read about Alopecia.