Hair loss, alopecia areata are problems that affect a growing number of people around the world. Excessive hair loss does not only affect men but also women. There are many causes of hair loss. It can be an incorrect diet and poor eating habits. Among health issues, Hormonal disorders also cause hair to weaken and become susceptible to damage, thus falling out faster. What causes hair loss, how to deal with the problem, and how to prevent it – this article will give you answers.
Hair loss – it might be due to stress, health issues, and depression
Human head hair life cycle lasts from 2 to 6 years. During that time, it goes through three stages.
The first is anagen (active growth), next is catagen (transition phase – the time when the hair stops growing, and its roots begin to move towards the mouth of the hair follicle) and finally the telogen (the resting phase), when the hair begins to fall out.
During telogen, hair may fall out when washing, combing, or even when removing the hat. About 80 percent of the hair on human head are in a state of growth. About 5 percent of the hair is in the resting phase at the same time.
However, in some cases, the hair life cycle is slightly shorter, which results in a longer resting phase. As a result, newly growing hair is weak and thin and falls out much faster.
Eventually, our hair begins to thin.
Alopecia areata and hair loss
For some people, the hair does not thin evenly. They suffer from alopecia areata, which causes hair loss in some parts of the head. Bald spots usually appear at the top or bottom of the head.
Alopecia areata is a condition that can affect people regardless of age and gender.
Until recently, alopecia areata was attributed to a neurotic disorder. However, extensive research has shown that it is in fact an autoimmune disorder (abnormal immune system responses) that causes excessive hair loss.
Androgenetic alopecia and hair loss
Androgenetic alopecia is a condition that causes excessive hair loss in men. The cause of hair loss in this case are hormonal changes. The concentration of the testosterone derivative increases in the man’s body, which has a direct effect on hair follicles, contributing to their weakening.
As a result, the hair becomes weak, thin, and prone to falling out. Androgenetic alopecia can appear at the age between 25-40 years. It may sometimes appear earlier or slightly later.
The risk of developing this condition increases if your ancestors also had a problem with hormone-triggered baldness.
Alopecia after Pregnancy
During Pregnancy, many hormonal changes occur in woman’s body. They often make the hair stronger, denser, and less prone to falling out. Thanks to this, during nine months of Pregnancy, the hair looks healthier.
However, after giving birth, further changes occur, while the body transitions back into regular functioning. As a result, the power of hormones decreases, and the hair begins to fall out excessively. Many women fear that they will become bald.
However, this is not possible because the hair grows all the time, and during hormonal changes what is falling out is the hair that did not fall out during Pregnancy and the hair that should currently fall out. That is why it looks like there is so much hair loss.
Three months after giving birth, the endocrine system should regulate itself and everything should return to normal.