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What Are The Top Causes Of Hair Loss?

If you start to experience hair loss it can be distressing, not to mention damage your confidence. There isn’t one single thing that can cause hair loss and not knowing why it’s happening can also make it difficult to know the best steps to take to improve things.

A recent article for Woman and Home highlighted the five leading causes of hair loss among women, noting that many women were confused about the reasons behind their hair loss.

Research found that 50 per cent of women over 25 said that hormones had contributed to their hair loss or thinning. This includes things like pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and menopause.

In addition, 27 per cent of women believed that their diet had affected their hair loss or hair thinning.

Dermatologist Dr Martin Wade spoke to the news provider about the main causes of hair loss among women to try to help them better understand the condition and what they can do to improve things.

Seasonal shedding is a common cause of hair loss, with Dr Wade explaining that as the days get shorter, we’re exposed to less sunlight. This has an effect on our pineal gland, which is thought to secrete melatonin. Melatonin has been found to increase hair growth, so if our body is producing less of it, it can lead to hair loss.

The Longevity Research Institute revealed that there have been a number of studies where administering melatonin to mammals including weasels, dogs and foxes, has been found to increase hair growth. It also highlighted studies in humans, where there is evidence to suggest that topical melatonin application can reverse hair loss in humans.

Dr Wade explained that ageing can result in hair loss for some men and women too. Commonly referred to as pattern hair loss, this is when the hair follicle reduces in size each time it goes through the hair cycle. Eventually, this can mean the hair shaft is too small to protrude above the level of the scalp.

He also confirmed what 50 per cent of women had experienced - that hormones can affect hair loss and growth. Oestrogen and progesterone are both known to promote hair growth, and when there is a sharp change in the levels of these hormones in the body - such as after giving birth - hair loss can occur.

The menopause creates a similar change in hormone levels, although typically one that’s more gradual. But this, too, can lead to hair loss.

In terms of diet, Dr Wade said that this is a “complex area” but that there’s evidence that if the body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs that hair loss can happen. Key nutrients for healthy hair growth are vitamins A, B and C, as well as minerals such as calcium and magnesium, he said.

If you’re not sure what’s causing your hair loss, get in touch with us to find out about our scalp condition treatments in London, as well as the other ways we can help if you’re experiencing hair loss or thinning.

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