We will discuss the most common causes of hair loss which includes hereditary hair loss or androgenetic alopecia (AGA) also known as male pattern baldness. Strikingly, this most common cause of hair loss mainly affects men more than it does women, this doesn’t mean women are off the hook.
Other causes of hair loss can ultimately affect almost as many women as it can men. Other less-common causes of hair loss include disorders which may be linked to underlying diseases, medications, medical treatments, normal hormonal changes, stress, and poor nutrition.
These health disorders that can cause thinning hair, permanent and temporary hair loss which does include these most common causes of hair loss,
- Alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own hair and in which all the body hair may be shed)
- Cicatricial alopecia (inflammation that scars and permanently destroys the hair follicles), trichotillomania (psychological disorder in which people pull out their own hair and, in some cases, ingest the hair)
- Telogen effluvium (sudden hair loss due to stressful events such as surgery, illness and birth).
Other than these most common causes hair loss there are others that can also be caused by other diseases, disorders and conditions including high fever, diabetes, hypothyroidism, lupus erythematosis and even parasitic infestation such as ringworm. Prescription and non-prescription drugs can also cause hair loss.
These would include certain birth control medications, anabolic steroids, blood thinners and of course anti-cancer chemotherapuetic agents. Hormonal events linked to hair loss include giving birth (post-partum hair loss is extremely common), low progesterone levels, extreme weight loss, and of course menopause.
What Triggers The Most Common Causes Of Hair Loss
These common causes of hair loss are known to be triggered by three contributing factors:
- Circulating hormones
A number of investigators, including those in our Hair Genesis lab and other third party labs, believe that stress constitutes a fourth less well-appreciated factor. Here, aside from the well-described androgen hormone 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) other biochemical triggers may negatively influence the health, vitality and growth rate of susceptible scalp hair.
These include the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal gland in the zona fasciculata, the second of three layers comprising the outer adrenal cortex. This release is controlled by the hypothalamus, a part of the brain. The secretion of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) by the anterior hypothalamus triggers pituitary secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH is carried by the blood to the adrenal cortex, where it triggers glucocorticoid secretion.
Additional biochemical agents which could negatively impact hair growth include reactive oxygen species (ROS) as well as reactive nitrogen species (RNS). In the skin, several pathologic disorders have been strongly linked to oxidative stress, a homeostatic dysfunction mediated by ROS and RNS. These include actinic keratosis, which may ultimately lead to skin cancer.
In the hair follicle oxidative stress has been shown to influence programmed cell death, otherwise known as apoptosis. Apoptosis constitutes a strong negative determinant of hair production, inasmuch as susceptible substructures of the follicle, including dermal papilla cells, are the key precursors of hair shaft formation.
More work will be required to fully draw out the specific genetic and epigenetic hair loss factors which contribute to phenotype. At the present time however, a growing body of evidence shows that stress certainly plays a role in pattern hair loss.
Treating the Most Common Causes of Hair Loss
Almost always doctors want to prescribe medication to treat these most common causes of hair loss but it’s not always wise due to the reported side effects. Using a natural treatment like ProFollica or Hair Genesis is your best bet.
There are many cases that prove Natural treatments work better than prescription medication and they have no side effects.
Like most things there are issues with the marketing techniques of some hair loss products. The means you cannot always believe what you hear.
A Must Read about Scam Products in Today’s Market
After spending so much time investigating the most common causes of hair loss I have found many problems with different hair loss treatment product credibility and validity. Often times taken back by the proliferation of swampy used-car-salesman-like tactics some companies use to peddle their products. Now I certainly understand that not everyone has the training, expertise and motivation to properly investigate proven hair loss products like ProFollica and Hair Genesis, which I believe to be the only two hair loss products on the market today that really work.
You cannot always comprehend the outright lies, distortions, misstatements and other such nonsense proliferating in the hair loss industry, which is why it is so important to understand the most common causes of hair loss so they can be treated properly.
Now I will not directly start naming names, a few examples of hair loss product reviews that now run rampant in the hair loss treatment marketplace. These site post fake comparison pages that, to the casual observer, look like they were put up as objective information resources. The typical hair loss consumer, when confronted with this kind of website, is naturally relieved. Because the job of picking the best hair treatment product is “apparently” made much easier. After all, here is what looks like an easy to understand set of comparison talking points, and also what looks like a clear winner. But on closer examination, there is a dearth of actual objective data. More troubling, the fact that there’s no verifiable contact for the entity behind the website is usually a dead giveaway that the site is a scam.
So how does this scam work? Let’s see. First, the perpetrator creates a website with an honest sounding name like www.hairlosscomparisoninformation.org or something like that. Then, they populate the page with a bunch of fake quasi-comparison charts and graphs purportedly showing their product coming in first against various other treatment products commercially available. Then, they produce links to the supposedly tested product lines. However, as often as not, only the link to the product they are trying to sell actually functions. The other links either don’t work or go somewhere other than where they’re intended. It’s as clever as it is dishonest. But it happens ALL THE TIME.
As a point of contrast, since Hair Genesis has come into the marketplace, we have always backed our product claims with critically peer-reviewed, scientifically published medical research i.e. the gold standard used by purveyors of legitimate pharmaceuticals, medical devices and the like. This isn’t easy to do. It isn’t cheap. It requires skill, tenacity, discipline. But in its absence, the hair loss consumer is left without a solid foundation of proof to rely upon. For the lay person, these concepts can appear daunting and difficult to easily understand. Unfortunately, some of our competitors take advantage of the consumer’s lack of knowledge in frankly cruel and reprehensible ways.
Another little shell game some purveyors of questionable hair treatments have taken to is trumpeting the so-called ‘results’ of pseudo-scientific studies in which their product appears to do well. Here, a quick way to defrock such con artists is to inquire as to whether their “research” has been published in Medline, i.e. on pubmed.com. Medline is the worldwide clearinghouse for all valid medical research. It is where you will find NIH-level research. Suffice to say, any purported medical study not published on pubmed.com is probably not worth the paper its printed on.
Finally, one of the most reprehensible tactics used by some charlatans is to display a set of before and after hair photos. In the first photo, the subject has hair loss, but certainly not the typical form of pattern hair loss which affects more than 95% of those suffering from thinning hair. Instead, the hair loss appears as patchy and distinct with clearly demarcated zones of growth and loss, almost like a moth-eaten appearance. In the so-called ‘after’ photo, the subject is almost magically restored to excellent fullness and density, with the implication being that the product advertised is what caused the hair to come back.
Actually, in the before photo, the subject clearly displayed the clinical hallmarks of alopecia areata, a hair loss causing disease entirely unrelated to androgenetic alopecia (aka common pattern hair loss). Alopecia areata is known to cycle between episodes of visible loss and remission where the hair comes back on its own. So it is not unusual for an affected individual to sometimes have obvious hair loss at times, and no visible hair loss at other times. That certain marketers of less-than-honest hair treatment lines could foist such a dastardly forgery on the public defines the murky worm infested bottom of the swamp.
If there’s a take home lesson from this diatribe it’s this. Become an educated consumer. Enlist the assistance of a genuine advocate, such as your primary care provider, in helping you ascertain the best treatment options for your hair loss. Don’t be quick to spend your money. Do your homework. See which hair treatments can actually point to empirically-valid, scientifically objective proof. Arm yourself with knowledge of the most common causes of hair loss and treatment options for your situation otherwise, you are basically playing Russian Roulette with your hair.