5 Common Causes Of Hair Loss
Why is my hair falling out? Well, there’s no simple answer to that question. And while clinically-proven treatments like Finasteride and Minoxidil offer a highly effective response, the causes of hair loss can be varied.
It’s enough to make you stick your head in the sand and pretend it’s not happening. Well, at least that way no-one will see the receding patches above your temples, right? It doesn’t have to be that way. The main causes of hair loss can be reduced to five simple categories, with male pattern baldness (MPB) far in a way the most common. Fortunately, this is also the easiest to counter, using a combination of our tried and tested treatments.
So, put your spade down, get off the beach, and let’s break them down.
Male pattern baldness
The number one suspect when it comes to hair loss in men is Male Pattern Baldness, which normally takes the form of a gradual thinning of hair on the scalp. Luckily, it’s also the easiest to counter using our clinically proven hair loss treatments.
MPB is caused by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (catchy, huh) or DHT for short, which itself produced by an enzyme known as 5a-Reductase, or 5AR. The body increases the amount of DHT it makes during puberty, something that continues as we age. Trouble is, for some men, DHT has the effect of weakening their hair follicles, meaning they no longer produce hair.
It’s worth noting that the influence of DHT on your follicles doesn’t have to go unchallenged. Research shows Finasteride and Minoxidil, usually taken as a daily pill or part of a shampoo formula, are effective in 90% of men
But don’t forget that stress itself is a prime culprit responsible for a thinning scalp. When things are getting difficult, large numbers of your hair follicles can be pushed into a state of rest, meaning they stop making hair. If this happens to you, you’ll likely notice when clumps of your hair come away from your scalp when you wash or style it. Some people also have a tendency to pull at their hair when they are experiencing significant stress, often without realising they are doing it.
Medical conditions and treatments
We know that Finasteride helps to halt hair loss in 9 out of 10 men, while Minoxidil is effective in 6 out of 10. But it’s possible that other treatments or conditions could be affecting your follicles.
Some medical conditions can lead to a thinning scalp. Take lupus for example, an autoimmune condition which can cause hair loss alongside scalp and facial inflammation; or irritable bowel syndrome which is a common cause of disease-related hair loss. Finally, for anyone undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy, hair-loss often occurs as a result of this treatment.
DHT isn’t the only hormone that can play havoc with your follicles – other imbalances can cause hair loss too. Men with low testosterone may experience a thinning scalp, sometimes alongside hair loss on their face and body as well. Hypothyroidism, also known as having an underactive thyroid, is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, and this too can lead to hair loss.
There are plenty of ways to keep your hair healthy. Using our Power Shampoo, for example, which contains all sorts of hair-stimulating ingredients, from caffeine to saw palmetto.
But if you’re still scratching your head as to where your hair is going, it could be worth asking whether or not your body is getting all the other vitamins and minerals it needs. Iron, for example, plays a vital role in helping blood carrying oxygen around the body. Iron deficiency can cause anaemia, which in turn can thin your hair. You might be low on zinc, which helps your hair grow and repair itself. (Take it easy on the zinc supplements though, as too much can be just as bad.) Vitamin A, B-vitamins like biotin – also an ingredient in our Power Shampoo, just saying! – and trace minerals like selenium are also crucial for healthy hair growth.
For most men, it’s likely that the answer will be Male Pattern Baldness. Which is just as good, because it’s the cause with the most reliable treatment. Finasteride and Minoxidil, in pill form or as part of a shampoo formula, will give you the best chance of beating the most common cause of a receding hairline. Paired with our hair stimulating Power Shampoo, there’s a good chance you’ll see real change to your hairline.
If you think the root cause is something other than MPB, don’t panic. Speak to your doctor who will be able to advise you on your best next steps. Otherwise, the best thing you can do is use a combination of treatments tailored to you, something Manual’s consultation service can help you devise – drawing on our expertise to deliver a personalised treatment direct to your door.
For more information about our hair-saving products, have a look at our personalised plans starting at just £18 per month.