Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Hair Loss, Scalp Micropigmentation | 0 comments

4 Major Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss is often associated with old age, although this is not always the cause. Sometimes, hair loss occurs with no explanation to someone who is young and healthy. If you’re going bald and don’t know why, there may be an underlying cause. We suggest speaking to a hair loss specialist, like your doctor or the team at Dermagrafix. In the meantime, here are just four major causes of hair loss:

  1. Genetics. Some people have a hereditary predisposition to hair loss. These are known as male-patterned baldness and female-patterned baldness. Typically, men experience a receding hairline and women notice thinning all over their heads, although this is certainly not the case for everyone. If you’re going bald, and your family also has a history of baldness, there’s a decent chance it’s genetic. This type of loss is often permanent and can start at a young age
  2. Medical conditions and treatments. The treatments most commonly associated with hair loss are chemotherapy and radiation. That being said, other medications can cause hair to fall out or thin. Certain hormonal birth control pills can lead to hair loss, and so can a multitude of other medications. On top of this, a few medical conditions can cause someone to lose hair. Pregnancy has caused hair loss and alopecia results in major hair loss. Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling disorder in which a person compulsively picks at their hair and often leads to bald patches throughout the head. This type of loss can either be permanent or temporary, depending on the exact cause.
  3. Overly-tight hairstyles. Cornrows and extremely tight ponytails can cause something called traction alopecia. This is where repeated irritation to the scalp leads to inflammation of the hair follicles and later on, thinning. This type of hair loss is usually temporary, and proper scalp care and protective styles will allow the follicles to heal and hair to grow back over time. The risk of suffering from traction alopecia can be reduced by avoiding overly-tight hairstyles and using softer hair ties that don’t pull as much hair out.
  4. Trauma. It’s known that especially dramatic life events can impact one’s body. Typically, people think of changes to sleeping habits or weight fluctuations when they think of the aftermath of trauma. A lesser-known side effect is hair loss. When one’s body is processing such a physically- or emotionally- traumatic event, hair growth is often stunted as a means of keeping the other systems in check. Like traction alopecia, this type of hair loss typically goes away after a while, so long as the person is healing from their trauma properly.

No matter what is causing your hair loss, you can always take comfort in knowing that there are styles that can help cope with a thinning scalp. Wigs, scarves, and buzz cuts can all cover up hair loss.
If you’re looking to even out the appearance of a balding head, consider scalp micropigmentation. Artist Pam Neighbors can help provide a unique solution to hair loss. Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, uses ink to create the illusion of hair on the scalp. Whether your loss is permanent of temporary, this can be a great way to look and feel your best.

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