What’s Causing Your Hair Loss?
There are multiple types of hair loss, and multiple factors that can contribute to your struggle with thinning hair. In this article, we’ll be discussing some of the most effective treatments for hair loss, but before we get started, it’s important to first understand the primary causes behind thinning hair. Once you know what’s causing your hair loss, it can be much easier to find a treatment that works for you.
Below are some of the most common causes of hair loss. Keep reading until the end of this post to learn about hair loss prevention treatments that may help you if you are dealing with any of these forms of thinning.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-Related Hair Loss
DHT is a hormone that can constrict your hair follicles, slowing down hair growth and causing thinning in certain parts of your head. DHT is the primary cause of the most common form of hair loss in adults, a condition known as androgenic alopecia (AGA). AGA is often referred to as pattern hair loss, and the condition affects half of men and a quarter of women over the age of 50, as well as many younger individuals.
Androgenic alopecia is extremely common in both men and women. The condition is also treatable, and even reversible, in many cases. This type of hair loss typically causes significant thinning in certain parts of the head rather than total baldness.
For men, this often means dealing with a receding hairline and a growing bald spot at the top of the head. For women, the condition frequently causes significant thinning at the divide between the two sections of hair on the top of the head. However, AGA can look different depending on your hair’s growth patterns and other factors.
Stress-Related Hair Loss
In the same way that hormones like DHT can contribute to hair loss, the hormones that your body secretes when you are stressed can also have an impact. When you experience stress, your body produces the hormone cortisol, which can have a shrinking effect on your hair follicles. This can set off your hair’s natural growth cycle, and can also lead to the development of a condition called telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss that occurs when your hair spends more time in its resting phase of growth than it spends actively growing. Numerous factors can trigger the development of telogen effluvium, and stress is one of the primary causes.
Unfortunately, some people are simply more genetically prone to hair loss than others. If hair loss runs in your family, you are more likely to deal with some level of thinning and baldness in your lifetime.
However, being genetically predisposed to hair loss does not mean you cannot prevent, and even reverse, thinning hair. By choosing the right treatments and sticking with your treatment regimen diligently, you may be able to have a significant impact on the severity and permanence of your hair loss.
If you are unsure whether you have a genetic predisposition to baldness, all you need to do is look through your family tree. If your parents, grandparents, or other relatives have dealt with hair loss, it may be indicative that some form of thinning is in the cards for you as well. Don’t let that discourage you, though – hair loss is often preventable. Keep reading to learn about three hair loss prevention methods you might want to consider.
Microneedling is a hair and skin treatment that involves the use of a specialized tool. Covered in tiny needles, the microneedling tool creates small cuts in the skin, prompting the skin’s wound-healing response to kick in. As your skin heals itself, it can start increasing its production of the proteins collagen and elastin, which can strengthen your skin.
Microneedling is often used as a treatment for acne and the scars left behind by breakouts. The method is also used to reduce the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. However, microneedling can also be effective for hair loss in some cases. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and increasing blood flow to the scalp, microneedling can strengthen your hair follicles and potentially boost hair growth.
However, there are a few important considerations to make before jumping in with microneedling treatments for hair loss.
At-home microneedling and professional microneedling are not the same. A skincare professional can administer a microneedling treatment with much greater care and precision than an untrained individual could. In this way, DIY microneedling at home may not be as safe or effective as a professional microneedling session. If you are aiming to get the best microneedling treatment possible and minimize the risk of injury or infection, professional microneedling is probably your best option.
Professional microneedling costs significantly more than the DIY alternative. A single microneedling session from a dermatologist can cost several hundred dollars, and your dermatologist may recommend that you undergo follow-up treatments to increase the effectiveness of the procedure. You’ll have to decide whether professional microneedling is a feasible and worthwhile investment for you to make for your hair.
- At-home microneedling can be inexpensive, but it has its risks. As opposed to the significant expense of professional microneedling, DIY microneedling tools can be as cheap as $20. However, it’s important to remember that there can be a greater risk for injury or infection when microneedling at home.
Minoxidil is a hair loss prevention treatment that can be highly effective. The treatment is thought to work by stimulating blood flow to the scalp, prompting hair growth.
However, it’s important to note that minoxidil can have some uncomfortable side effects, including dryness and irritation of the scalp. To minimize these side effects, pair your use of minoxidil with the next entry on our list.
3. DHT-Blocking Products
GroMD’s shampoo, conditioner, and follicle activator spray are packed with ingredients that have natural inhibiting effects on your body’s production of DHT.
If you are dealing with DHT-related hair loss, our line of high-quality hair care products are just what your follicles need to get back to their natural cycle of growth.
- Our products contain natural DHT blockers, including:
- Saw palmetto
- Pumpkin seed extract
- Korean red ginseng
- Stinging nettle
- GroMD’s shampoo, conditioner and follicle activator spray also contain hydrating, nourishing ingredients like argan oil. If you are pairing our products with another topical hair treatment like minoxidil, ingredients like argan oil can help to prevent dryness and irritation.
- For best results, use GroMD products daily. You can use our shampoo and conditioner combo as your everyday wash, working it into a rich lather and massaging it vigorously into your hair and scalp. After letting the lather sit and absorb into your scalp for a few minutes, you can rinse out and apply our follicle activator spray. The spray is designed to complement our shampoo and conditioner, providing an extra boost of growth-promoting ingredients and leaving your hair nourished.
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In addition, if you have questions about the science of hair loss prevention, make sure to visit our blog for more informative articles. There, you’ll find plenty of information about hair loss treatments and how to make the most of our products as key components in your daily hair loss prevention regimen.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.