Hair loss affects both men and women. The amount, location, and rate of hair loss varies from person to person, with a number of factors that contribute to the weakening of the hair follicles.
Losing your hair can be a result of heredity, hormonal changes and imbalances, medical conditions, or medications. Though anyone can experience hair loss, this condition happens more often in males than in females.
What Causes People to Lose Their Hair?
There are a number of factors that can cause hair loss that exceeds the average amount of hair you shed every day. The most common reasons are the following:
Balding is most frequently caused by male-pattern and female-pattern baldness, which is hereditary. It occurs gradually as you age, and it creates an easily identifiable pattern of a receding hairline and/or bald spots.
Medical Conditions and Hormonal Changes
A medical issue or changes in your hormones can prompt either temporary or permanent hair loss. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and thyroid problems can all affect your hormones and trigger hair loss.
After experiencing physical and/or emotional shock, there may be a certain degree of thinning of hair. This hair loss is usually temporary, and most or all of it may grow back.
Tight Hairstyles and Harsh Hair Treatments
Excessive hairstyling that tugs or pulls on your scalp invariably causes a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hair treatments such as hot oil and frequent permanent coloring can inflame the hair follicles, which can ultimately lead to hair loss. If these procedures and treatments leave scars on your head, the hair loss could be permanent.
Medication and Medical Treatments
Hair loss may be a side effect of the medicines you are currently taking. Drugs that are used to treat arthritis, depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure, among others, have minimal side effects of hair loss. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may also cause hair loss, and the hair may not grow back the way it was before.
Types of Hair Loss
On average, it’s normal to lose up to 100 strands of your hair every day. Since you can’t tell how much hair you’re shedding daily, here are a few signs, symptoms, and types of hair loss:
Gradual Thinning of Hair on Top of the Head
Occurring in both men and women, this is the most common type of hair loss. In men, the previously thick head of hair usually recedes from the forehead and thins toward the center. In women, hair loss is usually noticed along the area where you part your hair.
Circular or Patchy Bald Spots
Smooth, coin-sized hairless spots dot the head with this type of hair loss. In some cases, your skin may itch or hurt before the hair falls out and leaves bald patches.
Sudden emotional or physical shock can cause your hair to loosen and fall out. As you brush, wash, or comb your hair, you may notice handfuls of hair strands falling out. This type of hair loss usually results in overall hair thinning, not bald patches.
Hair Restoration Experts in New Jersey
To combat the effects of hair loss, visit a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Louis Iorio specializes in hair restoration and transplants for both men and women.
Contact us at Iorio Hair Restoration of New Jersey by calling (732) 780-9191 or use our online contact form. We look forward to making you love the way you look again.