5 common causes of hair loss

If you’re considering an FUE hair transplant, chances are you’ve already suffered from hair loss of some kind. To better understand why you’ve lost some hair – and, in some cases, to prevent it from happening in the future – it’s important to know the most common causes of hair loss, and what, if anything, can be done to mitigate them.

1. Heredity

By far the most common cause of hair loss is your genes; if the men in your family often lose their hair in middle age, then it may be on the cards for you, too. In fact, male pattern baldness has been shown to affect between 30-50% of men by the age of 50. Unfortunately, there’s not currently much that can be done to prevent hereditary baldness, though modern procedures including hair transplants can certainly go a way to lessening the effects of hereditary baldness after the fact.

2. Hormonal changes and medical conditions

Hormonal changes and medical conditions like alopecia can also be a leading cause in hair loss in both men and women. For women, conditions which affect hormones, including polycysticovarian syndrome (PCOS)and pregnancy, can increase hair loss and even increase the risk of developing female pattern hair loss. In some cases, treating the underlying condition may help to reduce subsequent hair loss, though this will vary between conditions and treatments.

3. Medications and medical treatments

In some cases, hair loss may actually be caused by the treatment rather than the illness. The most well known example of this is probably chemotherapy radiation treatment for cancer, but other drugs, such as those used for depression, arthritis, heart problems and gout can also cause hair loss. Unfortunately, while hair loss can be a seriously troubling side effect, in situations involving life-threatening illnesses, stopping treatment is just not an option.

4. Stress

Stressful life events can also be a cause of hair loss. If you’ve experienced a physical or emotional shock to the system, you may experience hair loss for some months after the event. In this case, happily, the hair loss is temporary, and so no further treatments should be necessary – except perhaps a little rest and self care.

5. Hair styles and treatments

Hair styles which pull hair too tightly and some treatments, including hot oil treatments, can also cause hair loss. While this type of hair loss is often temporary, it can become permanent if any scarring occurs on the scalp. Of course, this kind of hair loss can easily be avoided by steering clear of such harsh hair treatments in the first place, but if hair loss has already occurred then modern treatments such as FUE hair transplant procedures can certainly minimize the damage done.