Causes of Hair Loss

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Hair loss can by a symptom of a number of possible underlying medical conditions such as: an underactive thyroid, anaemia, hormonal disorders including oestrogen disorders, an ovarian tumor, or even lupus. Lupus is a skin and connective tissue disorder, which causes the body’s own immunity to fight against hair growth.  

If you are diagnosed with one of these underlying medical issues (and the earlier the diagnosis, the better) then in many cases you will be able to seek treatment and the hair loss, as a result, can be reversed.  

Hair is made up of Keratin, which is a natural protein. Making sure your diet is high in protein can therefore help to keep hair strong, looking shiny and healthy. Try to incorporate meat, fish and eggs in your diet and you may gradually notice an improvement.  

There is a common misconception that washing hair frequently is bad. On the contrary, hair needs to be washed regularly to keep it clean and healthy. Evidence suggest that using SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – a common chemical found in shampoos) free shampoo, like aloe vera, can play role in preventing hair loss. Regular conditioning is also good for the hair as it will make it softer, but try to make sure you apply it to the hair shafts and not the scalp.  

Exercise caution when using hair dyes and if you wear hair extensions, try not to use these excessively, as they will pull the hair and weaken it. If you continue to cause stress to the hair by over-styling, braiding or using hair extensions, then this could lead to traction alopecia, which is a condition brought about by environmental damage done to the hair. 

Try not to scratch you scalp with your fingernails either, as this will also traumatise the hair. 

Use of Chlorinated water has been shown to affect hair. It is advisable to wear a swimming cap. There is no correlation between exercise and hair loss.  

It is the best to see your GP and get detailed medical history and examination in general, some of test that might be useful are blood count, Urea & electrolytes. Thyroid function tests and test for auto-antibodies if there is evidence of auto-immune disease.  

Stress can cause hair loss in different ways; in particular it can lead to the build up of acid-free radicals, which contribute the gradual hair loss. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to changes in hormonal levels, which can also lead to hair loss. 

There is a condition called Telogen Effluvium, whereby accelerated hair loss is noted as part of prolonged periods of stress. Also, conditions such as trichotillomania (pulling of the hair) are associated with stress. There have been a number of examples of celebrities who have publicly discussed their battled with this condition in the past.  

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