08 / 27 / 13

Hair loss affects how many men and women and why?

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Hair loss affects 60 million men and 30 million women. This can be due to so many different factors like: heredity, stress, poor diet, hormones, and chemotherapy, head trauma, trichotillomania, thyroid issues, and pregnancy and so on. Male pattern baldness and women’s pattern thinning is not a new dilemma it dates back to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt who used wigs to cover balding in high ranking members of society. Oh how hair restoration technology has come so far…


The average person sheds 50-100 hairs per day. However, this does not cause a noticeable difference to the appearance of the scalp because new hairs are growing every day as well. Hair thinning starts to occur when this normal cycle of growth and shedding is disrupted by disease influencing hair follicles or when trauma occurs that causes scarring on the scalp. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, some of which are not fully understood. Of course, there are several common causes, some of which are discussed below.

Common Causes of Hair Loss:

  • Heredity
  • Medical conditions
  • Hormonal changes
  • Complications due to medication

Heredity / Family History

Pattern baldness impacts a large segment of the population. Symptoms of the condition appear gradually, with the thinning of the hairline for women and a receding hairline in men.

The rate at which a person loses hair may also be influenced by genetics. Some families have a higher likelihood of losing hair earlier. Male-pattern baldness can begin as early as puberty, and women may experience the thinning of hair well before adulthood. Both men and women can experience hair thinning and miniaturization at the onset, but each case is unique.

Medical Conditions and Hormonal Changes

  • Infections of the scalp – such as ringworm – can invade the scalp and hair, cause scaly patches and hair loss. After a successful treatment, the hair can grow back.
  • Skin disorders – such as lupus, sarcoidosis and lichen planus – can cause scarring on the scalp, inhibiting normal hair growth.
  • Trichotillomania is a rare condition that causes people to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows and body.
  • Hormonal changes can impact a number of body functions and cause hair loss. Factors such as pregnancy or menopause are major contributors, as are thyroid problems.
  • Alopecia areata is a condition in which the immune system turns on hair follicles, resulting in sudden hair loss, leaving round bald patches on the head.

Medical Complications

Certain medications are known to cause hair loss, such as specific treatments for heart problems, cancer, arthritis, hypertension and birth control.

Other Causes

  • Radiation therapy may cause the hair to thin.
  • If a person experiences an incident that causes significant emotional distress, it can cause their general thinning of hair. Such events can include surgery, a death in the family, or an accident.
  • Hair treatments are another contributing factor. Excessive hair spraying or wearing the hair too tight can cause it to break and leave scars on the scalp. Scarring causes permanent hair loss.

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