Hair loss is incredibly common and can affect 70% of men and 50% of women at some stage in their lives. Unfortunately there are many causes and contributors to hair loss, and they can differ between men and women. The good news is that most causes are easily treated, so here are the main reasons your hair is falling out…
Hair needs a healthy diet and a well-functioning endocrine system to grow and be healthy, without it men and women can experience drastic hair loss.
Deficiencies can come from crash diets, unbalanced nutritional intake, lack of protein, illness or poor absorption. When someone has thick, shiny hair it’s a pretty good indicator of good health.
“Weight loss, low iron levels, stress and lifestyle, poor eating habits, crash diets, hormonal imbalances, along with thyroid and other medical conditions can all cause the hair to fall out,” says trichologist Kate Dawes explains.
Also known as male pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia affects the majority of men who experience hair loss.
However, sometimes men believe they have androgenetic alopecia when their hair loss is actually due to a hormone imbalance. This is why it’s so important to see a specialist for an accurate diagnosis to determine the cause of the hair loss.
Like men, the most common form of permanent female hair loss is also androgenetic alopecia, but the connection to a hormonal imbalance is less clear.
Androgenetic alopecia does have a hereditary link, so if there is a family history you may have a genetic predisposition.
Genetics and hormones
While genetics and hormones can cause hair loss, they are worsened by nutritional deficiencies in both men and women.
Nutritional deficiencies are often overlooked when the focus of hair loss treatments revolve around the effect of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the follicle. It’s true that other treatments for male pattern and female pattern baldness are essential to minimise the hair loss, but nutritional support is just as important to encourage healthy hair growth.
Each hair follicle has it’s own capillary to supply oxygenated blood full of nutrients to the follicle and these capillaries are a part of a network of capillaries found in the scalp. As this blood supply is disrupted due to the effects of DHT, illness or stress, less nutrients are available for the production of hair, causing the follicle to shrink and the hair to shed.
Stress and illness
A stressful lifestyle or prolonged illness will minimise the amount of blood and nutrients to the scalp and redirect the blood to the vital organs.
As the follicle moves through the hair growth cycle from Anagen (growth) to Catagen (resting) to Telogen (shedding), the return to Anagen is slowed down, so therefore, hair growth is slower and hair is miniaturised. Eventually, the follicle is starved of blood and nutrients and atrophies. Once this occurs, hair can no longer be produced.
The nutrients required for hair growth:
- Amino acids.
- Vitamin A.
- Vitamin B5.
- Vitamin B12.
- Vitamin C.
- Vitamin D.
- Vitamin E.
- Omega 3 and
- 6 fatty acids.
You can find all of these essentials packed into our Help Hair Whey Protein Concentrate.