Imbalance of hormones
Hair loss is caused due to imbalance of hormones like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shrink the hair by attaching to the follicles, resulting in hair fall. New hair takes time to grow, or may not grow at all. Chemical damage
When you dye, straighten or perm up the hair, you may experience hair loss due to chemicals. Similarly styling hair with braids and ponytails can also cause hair to break and loss of hair.
Some medicines used to treat problems like blood pressure, arthritis, depression, can result in loss of hair, even like chemotherapy and steroids.
If you have diabetes, or thyroid issues, or autoimmune conditions like Alopecia Areata which attack follicles, you will experience hair loss.
If your lack nutrients like Iron, vitamins, Zinc you may notice loss of hair. Diet should include meat, nuts, broccoli, oils, etc. which are full of nutrients.
There are several types of oral treatment which you can apply to combat hair loss.
This is an important component in Propecia, was primarily in use for treating prostate conditions and male hair loss. It can treat women’s hair loss problem also, through blocking hormones related to loss of hair. Birth control pills might have also resulted in reduced hair loss.
These inhibit production of Androgen, and are used to treat the common genetic kind of hair loss, Androgenetic Alopecia. Some of these oral contraceptives have higher levels of Androgen, which can prompt hair loss. Thus it is necessary to talk to your doctor to get the proper formula. Women smokers, who are above 35 and are having problems with their health shouldn’t use these contraceptive, as it can result in blood clots.
There are a number of drugs to treat other ailments such as stomach ulcers, which can inhibit Androgen, while other blockers prevent DHT from binding to the follicles.
For topical applications, Rogaine is the only drug approved for promotion of hair growth in females. It contains a component called Minoxidil. Studies show 5% will prevent loss of hair and also boost re-growth of hair.
Ketoconazole preparations used for treating fungal infections, dandruff etc., can reduce production of testosterone and treat loss of hair. This drug is available over the counter in 1% concentration, but 2% formula is likely to work better.
Myths about hair loss
There are still many who hold on to some myths about hair loss, which include genetics, abnormal bleeding, extensive hormonal production and frequent washing or coloring of hair. All these are not scientifically proven to relate to hair loss.
You should seek expert or medical help to understand your hair loss causes as everyone is different and will be impacted by different factors.No matter what the cause is for your hair loss, the medical field is now so advanced with the many plausible solutions to help you counter the problem.