As a person ages, the hair starts to grow more and more slowly and the hair one has starts to thin out, making it more susceptible to damage. This necessitates a different approach in caring for the hair to minimize hair loss as much as possible.
This is the scientific name for male pattern baldness. This condition is somewhat unusual in that it afflicts not only men but women as well. The loss tends to occur on the crown of the head towards the back with men while women may experience hair loss on any part of the head.
It is reduced levels of the hormone estrogen which make the condition quite common in menopausal women. Consultation with a dermatologist is recommended for a treatment method or a product that will resolve the problem.
Minoxidil, which is also known as Rogaine, is an over-the-counter remedy that is applied topically on the scalp. This type of treatment for hair loss is not a preferred method for an expectant or breastfeeding mother.
A pill available by prescription only called finasteride, which comes labeled as Proscar or Propecia, is another method of treatment for hair loss. It is used mainly by men since studies showed that it was ineffective in women.
This drug is dangerous for women of child-bearing age. Coming into contact with the active ingredient in finasteride will cause birth defects in male children. If the male partner of a woman of child-bearing age is using finasteride, there are no risks for the woman or any child she might be or will be carrying.
Therapy involving boosting the low levels of estrogen is another treatment option.
Another option which may seem extreme is having hair transplants. This method has been continually improved upon over time and doctors have made great strides in successfully transplanting hair. Great improvement has also been made in making the hair transplant look natural.
Too much processing:
Going overboard with chemical processes like straightening, colouring, bleaching and perming, or not having the processes applied correctly, can make hair weaken and fall out. These should be professionally applied and not done too frequently.
The way hair is treated everyday could also contribute to hair loss. Wearing it in very tight ponytails, braids or plaits or putting in weaves and extensions that are attached too tightly will gradually pull hair out. The same is true of curlers or rollers that are put in too tightly.
Blocked hair follicles:
This does not occur as often as the other causes listed above but it can be brought on by using too much hair oil or pomade on the scalp and not washing the hair frequently and well enough to remove them. Using a clarifying shampoo from time to time and sometimes using conditioners on only the ends should ensure the problem doesn’t occur.
Other factors that would cause hair loss are drastic weight loss whether deliberate or due to medical reasons, eating disorders, undergoing chemotherapy as a form of treatment, ingesting excessive amounts of Vitamin A, high stress levels, alopecia areata (which is a rare form of autoimmune disease), the DHEA hormone, some forms of fungi and bacteria, syphilis and scars. It can also occur as a side effect of some drug treatments.