7 Causes of Hair Loss and How to Fix It

There are a number of possible causes of hair loss. We'll talk about the most common reasons and solutions to stop this problem.
7 Causes of Hair Loss and How to Fix It

Last update: 27 April, 2021

Hair loss is one of the problems that most concern both men and women. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hair loss is a natural process; it’s a cycle where we constantly lose hair and replace it with new hair. The problem comes when less hair is regenerated than is lost. In addition, we lose quantity and it looks more fragile. There are different causes of hair loss. In this article, we’LL show you what they are and how you can stop this problem.

The Most Common Causes of Hair Loss

1.  Thyroid problems

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As a publication in the British Thyroid Foundation explains it to us, one of the possible causes of hair loss is thyroid problems. When this happens, it’s because the body experiences a hormone imbalance that can happen because of menopause, problems with the endocrine system, or because of diabetes.

How do you solve this problem?

  • If you suspect that hair loss could be due to one of these problems, you’ll have to go to the doctor so that they can do studies to give you adequate treatment if you do in fact have thyroid issues.

2.  Following a diet that’s too strict

Sometimes, we follow such strict diets that we only compromise our health. As detailed in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual, these types of diets lead to nutritional deficiencies that, in addition to diseases, affect hair loss.

How do you solve this?

3.  Chronic stress

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As detailed in a study published in the journal Plos One, chronic stress is also one of the causes of hair loss. This is because blood flow to the scalp is affected. The good news is that if hair is falling out because of stress,  it can grow back quickly if you avoid stressful situations.

How do you solve this?

  • Be sure to rest enough. Also, find a way to relax and enjoy stress-relieving activities. In the case of emotional problems, see a therapist.

4. Incorrect scalp treatment

Incorrect treatment of the scalp is is also a factor in hair loss.  There’s a list of items to use only sporadically, that should not be used frequently. These include the hair dryer and the curling iron or straightener.

How to solve this?

  • Limit the use of the dryer and the curling iron and chemical products. Consult a professional who can recommend products that are good for your hair and give your hair and scalp a break.

5. Taking certain medications

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Taking certain medications can also provoke hair loss. Among these, we find drugs for high blood pressure.

Antidepressants can also fall into this category. As demonstrated by a study published in International Clinical Psychopharmacology. they tend to have side effects which include hair loss.

How do we solve this?

  • If you stop taking these medications and opt for natural options instead, you will see your scalp recover. However, never stop taking this type of medication without consulting your physician.

6 Anemia

Anemia also causes hair loss. This happens because blood flow to the scalp is affected by lack of iron, as detailed in a publication in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

If you have anemia, you will experience a number of symptoms. These include insomnia, general weakness, and apathy. If you do have these signs, it’s time to change the level of hemoglobin that you have in your blood.

How do you solve this?

  1. If a blood test confirms that you have anemia, you will have to add foods that contain iron to your diet. Among these foods are: Pomegranates, beef, and apples.
  2. If you don’t get better, you’ll need to take some type of iron supplement that your doctor prescribes.

7.  Avitaminosis

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In most cases, fatigue comes from poor rest or nutrient deficiency. However, it can also be a warning sign of illness.

You should also consider that maybe you are losing hair due to vitamin deficiency. A review published in Dermatology and Therapy explains that micronutrients are important elements in the normal hair follicle cycle and hair health.

It’s important that you check to see if you have a vitamin C deficiency. This is essential in the absorption of iron and stimulates the production of collagen that strengthens the scalp. Also, if you have a vitamin B deficiency, your hair will become more fragile.

How do you solve this?

  • In your diet, include foods that are rich in vitamins B and C and other healthy micro-elements.

Hair can fall out for several reasons

There are several factors that can affect hair loss. Some of the most common are prolonged stress, thyroid problems, and anemia. Fortunately, this can often be treated with supplements and basic hair care.

However, it’s always wise to consult an expert, as certain underlying conditions require treatments that can only be prescribed by a physician.

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