Causes of hair loss

October 15, 2020

Causes of hair loss

By: Lorien Strydom

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), more than 80 million men and women in the United States experience hereditary hair loss - or alopecia. Hair loss doesn't just affect the hair on your scalp, but it can affect the hair on your entire body. Although hair loss is more common in older individuals, hair loss can also occur in children. 

On a normal day, we lose between 50 and 100 hairs, but with around 100,000 hairs on our head, that seems very small and unnoticeable. Your hair will normally replace lost hair but unfortunately, this doesn't always happen and hair loss can gradually develop over a number of years, or it can happen suddenly. Hair loss can also be temporary or permanent.

If you notice that you are losing more hair than usual it is recommended that you discuss this with your physician to determine the underlying cause of your hair loss. You can also discuss various treatment plans as well as the option of natural hair loss treatments

Some symptoms of hair loss include:

  • Gradual thinning on the top of the head. This is the most common form of hair loss and affects men and women as they age.
  • The sudden loosening of hair. An emotional or physical shock can cause hair to suddenly loosen and handfuls can come out when you wash or comb.
  • Scaling patches that are spread over the scalp. This could be a sign of ringworm and may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and broken hair.
  • Patchy or circular bald spots. Some people lose their hair in bald spots on the scalp, beard, or eyebrows. The skin may also become itchy.
  • Full body hair loss. Some medical treatments like chemotherapy can result in hair loss all over the body.

How Hair Loss is Diagnosed

With persistent hair loss, there is usually an underlying issue. Your physician can determine the cause of your hair loss based on your medical history and a physical examination. In some cases, dietary changes can help. If an autoimmune disease is suspected, a biopsy of the skin on your scalp might be needed.

Hair Loss in Men and Women

Although some women start noticing hair loss in their 20s, female hair loss seems to be less likely at the crown and frontal hairline. It often takes years to be noticeable, although there are usually more underlying causes of hair loss in women than in men.

What Causes Hair Loss?

There can be many causes of hair loss and it is always recommended to speak to your physician to determine the underlying cause so that you can choose the correct treatment or make some lifestyle changes. Let’s look at some of the more common causes of hair loss.

Hereditary Hair Loss

Also called androgenic alopecia, hereditary hair loss is the most common form of hair loss and it happens with aging. Male- and female-pattern baldness usually occurs gradually over time and also in predictable patterns, which often include a receding hairline and bald spots in men, and thinning hair around the crown of the scalp in women. 

Supplements and Medication

Hair loss can also be the result of a side effect caused by certain medications, such as those used in cancer patients, or for arthritis, heart problems, depression, and gout. If this is the case, speak to your physician to see if there are other medication options you can consider.

Medical Conditions

Another cause of hair loss is hormonal changes or medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease), and scalp infections like ringworm. Hair loss can also be triggered by hormonal changes due to pregnancy or childbirth.

Hair Styling Treatments

Excessive hair styling that pulls your hair very tight can also cause hair loss, called traction alopecia. Hot oil treatments can also cause your hair to fall out and if scarring occurs, this can lead to permanent hair loss.

Treating Hair Loss Naturally

When it comes to treating hair loss naturally, there are many options to consider. Since not everybody wants to consider surgery, natural hair loss treatments are very popular. Honeyderm has a range of products that are specifically formulated to naturally support the treatment of hair loss - with the miraculous restorative power of honeybees. 

Our Hairback® system features extracts from selected floral honeybee products including honey, propolis, royal jelly, pollen, beeswax, and bee venom. In addition to this, it also contains botanical activities, which are used by ancient Egyptian and traditional Chinese medicine as a supportive hair loss treatment and remedy for scalp psoriasis.

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