Hair Loss: What You Need to Know About this Common Condition in Men and Women

Alyssa François | 23 June 2017

Learn what may be the cause of your hair loss issue.

Hair loss is a very issue common that’s sometimes an unforeseeable condition amongst men and women. Oftentimes people confuse hair loss with hair fall which are completely different. Hair fall can happen due to poor hair health or overuse of heat styling tools without proper protection which leads to damage and breakage. This is something that can easily be treated by creating a healty hair care regimen and sticking to it. Hair loss, on the other hand, that’s a totally different beast and it should be taken seriously. Read on as we shed some light on hair loss and how you can determine the best steps for you.

Hair Loss: How This Common Condition Occurs in Men and Women

Hair loss can be hereditary, occur during pregnancy, or be a symptom of a serious health issue. The causes of the condition varies between men and women. There are ways to treat or even conceal the condition based on its cause. Here’s a breakdown:

hair loss in men and women
Loss of hair can happen to anyone. Find out the cause of your problem and treat your hair accordingly.

1. Types of Hair Loss In Women and Men

Loss of hair in women can be caused by post partum, or diseases like polycystic ovary syndrome. When men notice that they are losing hair, it could be because of male pattern baldness. For both genders, however, hair loss may occur due to lifestyle factors such as pollution from smoking, tight hairstyles, poor diet and stress. Sometimes it can be a signal or a symptom of a much more serious illness like thyroid disease, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis to name a few.

2. What should you do if you’re experiencing hair loss?

We advise you don’t take matters into your own hands until you are fully aware of the root of the issue. Make an appointment with your doctor and explain your concerns. If you are experiencing loss of hair due to poor diet, stress, or even poor hygiene there are a number of ways you can handle this yourself. Things like altering your diet, practicing a healthy hair car regimen, and controlling your stress can help you prevent hair loss. However, the hair that has already fallen will need medical attention. In the meantime, you can opt for wearing wigs to help you get through your condition.

If it seems like there are no follicles left for hair regrowth to occur in a particular area, sometimes a doctor may recommend a transplant like hair grafting. This is a hair transplant procedure in which pieces of hair from a donor site is transplanted in the balding areas of your head.

hair loss during pregnancy
Loss of hair after pregnancy is common.

If you’re a female and this is happening after pregnancy, do note that this is expected to happen. While it may be alarming at the very least, keep in mind that it’s a part of the process and eventually your hair will grow back. If you’re experiencing something different, or realize your hair isn’t growing back, talk to your physician.

3. What you can do to prevent hair loss:

1. Wash your hair weekly or bi-weekly, based on your hair type as proper hair hygiene is key.
2. Don’t skip doctors appointments as many illnesses that cause hair loss can be prevented.
3. Pay attention to your stress levels, if you need help talk to someone or your doctor.
4. Be mindful of the products you’re using only your hair. Always read the instructions on at-home kits for products like chemical or relaxer treatments. Misuse can lead to loss of hair.

Need more tips on dealing with hair loss? Here’s how men can treat their thin hair issues, and hairstyles women can wear when they’re regrowing their hair after hair loss.

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