Hair Loss in Men and Women – The Causes

Hair loss is a condition which we all suffer with at some time or other and is simply a part of our natural ageing process. That said, there are actions you can take to help prevent hair loss in men as well as women and here we take a look at some of the common causes and how you can help yourself to avoid further hair loss.

One of the most common causes of hair loss is a greater sensitivity to hormones which is not just restricted to men. Hormones principally causes hair thinning in one in 10 women under the age of 40 and up to a quarter of all women over the age of 50. However, the way in which we lose our hair in relation to hormones very much differs between men and women. Men are more likely to develop a bald crown or a receding hairline in comparison to women whom ordinarily lose their hair more diffusely giving a more generalised thinning effect rather than more localised and specific loss as in men.

It has been seen that hormone replacement therapy has been shown to help women whose hair is thinning and regular application of minoxidil lotions can help to re-stimulate hair growth.

Interestingly, animals require hair to maintain their body temperatures but in humans, in today’s society, this is not required. As a result of this, should you not consume enough food, your body will ordinarily loose hair quicker.

Low-calorie and/or a low protein diet can also contribute to hair loss. This can be evidenced as the majority of anorexia sufferers do have thinning hair. Green leafy vegetables and red meat which contain the beneficial mineral iron, are particularly helpful in maintaining healthy and glossy hair.

It is without question that significant stresses can lead to hair loss. In very rare cases immense traumatic events can lead to the total loss of hair although in the majority of circumstances the presence of stress in our lives can result in a gradual thinning. High stress levels promote an increased level of the hormone prolactin which interacts in the way in which we metabolise testosterone levels. It is also understood that stress can also contribute to hair thinning through a reduction in the blood flow to the scalp. Other causes of hair loss can be a result of the overuse of heat treatments and hair straighteners along with tight pony tails and hair dyes.

As we discussed above, if you are suffering from thinning hair insure that you consume good amount of green leafy vegetables in your diet whilst maintaining a healthy and balanced dietary intake.