What causes Hair Loss?

The most commonly seen cause of hair loss in men and women is genetic hair loss, androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic hair loss is caused by the interaction between Dihydrotestosterone(DHT), a by-product of testosterone, and androgen receptors at the base of hair follicles. The amount of receptors and the amount of DHT produced is primarily determined by genes inherited from your mother or father or both.

Other causes can be underlying medical conditions, hormonal problems, excessive weight loss, emotional or physical stress.

I am losing 50 hairs per day. What should I do?

It is perfectly normal and healthy for you to lose around 50-100 hairs per day. This happens as part the normal hair cycle. Your hair follicle has a growth phase of between 2-6 years. It then rests for up to 3 months, before a new growth cycle starts. When that new growth cycle starts, the existing hair is shed and new one will grow through. This is why everyone will lose around 50 hairs per day, but they will grow back.

Do certain hairstyles cause or contribute to hair loss?

Yes they can do, particularly tight hairstyles such as ponytails and braiding. The tighter you pull the hair back, the more tension is being applied to the hair follicle. Over time this excessive tension can pull the hair out of the follicle and lead to traction alopecia. Always be careful with your hairstyle, and when using products such as extensions, that your hair isn’t being put under excessive tension.

How can I determine the cause of my hair loss?

We always recommend that you visit a Trichologist if you are worried that your hair loss may not be genetic. Trichologists are specialists trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the human hair and scalp. They will be best placed to help determine the cause of your hair loss, and provide the best treatment options for you.

Please contact us at info@lifestylepharmacy.com, if you require assistance finding your nearest Trichologist.