Some Causes of Hair Loss

Hormonal Imbalances

Both male and female sex hormones have an effect on hair growth, and when they get out of balance you can lose hair. This happens commonly in women whenever they have reproductive changes such as menarche, pregnancy, childbirth or menopause. With normal changes like that, the problem corrects itself when hormone levels stabilize. Sometimes, though, your hormones need to be regulated with medications.

Another hormone imbalance that causes hair loss is hypothyroidism. Having your thyroid checked and taking medication if you need it will prevent hair loss from low thyroid hormones.


Some medications may cause hair loss. Blood thinners, gout medications, birth control pills and antidepressants are among the culprits. If you start noticing excessive hair loss a few months after starting a new medication, talk to your doctor about it. She may change the medication to prevent hair loss from continuing.

Fungal Infections

Adults aren’t often affected by fungal infections of the scalp although it can be the cause of temporary hair loss in infants and children. Treating scalp infections when they first appear will prevent hair loss of this kind.

Hair Care

Tightly braiding your hair, as in cornrows, can cause hair loss due to constant traction on the hair follicle. If the follicle is damaged, you will lose hair. This is usually temporary unless the problem goes on long enough for the hair follicles to be scarred. If the follicles are scarred, they won’t grow new hair. This type of hair loss is preventable by either keeping the braids loose or by not leaving them in for long periods.

Permanents and hair dye may cause inflammation of the scalp or damage to hair follicles. To prevent hair loss from hair care products always follow all package directions completely or have a qualified hair care professional carry out the treatment for you.

You can’t prevent hair loss that’s genetic. You can prevent hair loss that has some underlying cause, though, by identifying and correcting the cause. Consult your doctor for assistance in identifying the cause of your hair loss prior to commencing any treatment. Most hair loss can’t be prevented, but it can be managed.

If you do not want to go through painful process of hair transplant, the best alternative is hair tattoo, or scalp micro pigmentation from which is a permanent, non-surgical, cosmetic tattoo that replicates the hair follicle.

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