In the majority of cases, men and women experience hair thinning or loss for the same or similar reasons. Any of the following, either by itself or in combination with other factors, can take a toll on both a man’s or woman’s hairline.
- Familial history. Because hair loss may be inherited from one or both parents, genetics play a key role in male and female pattern baldness.
- Hair loss may be in response to certain medications or medical treatments, particularly chemotherapy and radiation.
- Our levels of androgen hormone tend to rise when we are stressed, which can lead to hair loss.
- Major illnesses or medical conditions, to include anorexia, thyroid disease, lupus or anemia can affect hair growth and quality.
- Alopecia. An autoimmune disease, alopecia results in patches of hair loss that can be limited to one part of the body or in more extreme cases, total hair loss.
- A poor diet or one that is deficient in protein, as well as certain vitamins and minerals, can impact your hairline. Likewise, too many vitamins can result in hair loss too.
- Lack of Sleep. Being sleep deprived reduces the circulation your scalp needs to keep hair healthy and thriving.
- Smoking wreaks havoc on the circulatory system which can affect hair health; smoking also can alter the endocrine system that destroys the body’s ability to produce collagen and many of the oils needed in hair production.
Hair Loss in Men
Two out of three men notice some sign of hair loss before age 35. For men, starting to lose one’s hair can be difficult, as it may signify a loss of virility and youth. A man’s hair loss may be just on the scalp, or they may start to notice their facial hair thinning too. Many men choose to embrace their thinning hairline, opting to shave their remaining hair for a sleek, sophisticated look. Others choose to undergo hair restoration therapy. Men in particular may experience hair loss due to –
- Androgenetic Alopecia. Also known as male pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia is the result of a man’s changing hormone levels as they age, thereby causing the shrinkage of the hair follicle, where the hair meets scalp.
- Steroid Use. While growth hormones and performance-enhancing steroids may help you beef up in the gym, their side effects are notable. Besides the damage they can do to your physical and mental health, they can cause hair to thin.
- Low Testosterone. Because testosterone is the hormone responsible for hair growth, decreasing levels can cause a man’s hair to thin on his scalp, as well as his body.
Hair Loss in Women
Nearly half of women go through life without a full head of hair; this can be distressing and impact their self esteem. In their case, the earlier they seek treatment, the better the results will be. Reasons for hair loss particular to women include.
- Hormonal Changes. When hormones are in flux, thinning hair may be a result, especially after childbirth and during menopause.
- Harsh chemicals, flatirons and crimping can damage or destroy the follicles, as well as burn the scalp and pull and break hair.
- A psychological disorder, trichotillomania is a behavior in which patients tug or pull out their hair and is more than four times as likely to occur in women than men.
Fight Back Against Male and Female Pattern Baldness
Unfortunately, most hair loss progresses with time. The good news is there are proven techniques to restore your hair to its youthful, healthy luster. Whether you are man or a woman, Iorio Hair Restoration has a treatment for you. Using state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, Dr. Louis Iorio can help you achieve the hair you want and love. Think you may be a candidate for hair restoration? Call Iorio Hair Restoration today at (732) 780-9191 or request a consultation online. With convenient locations in Brick and Colt’s Neck, we are ready to help you love your hair again.