Why does hair loss occur?
Hair loss is one of the many signs of aging. Men and women lose their hair as they age. Nobody wants something like this to happen to them, preferably we all want our hair to be full and to delay or even prevent hair loss. Fortunately, there are several ways to combat hair loss, but it’s important to first understand what causes hair loss.
The vast majority of hair loss is hereditary hair loss, also known as Androgenetic Alopecia. In addition, hair diseases, cancer, iron deficiency, stress, certain medications, poor scalp condition or decreased thyroid gland function can also cause hair loss.
In hereditary hair loss – Androgenetic Alopecia – the main culprit is the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Like testosterone, this hormone is found in both men and women, but in different concentrations. DHT is created from testosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. When DHT binds to androgen receptors, the growth phase of the hair is shortened and eventually the hair follicle dies. In the end, there is no more hair growth. If this process continues for a longer period of time, the hair on the head shrinks and thins until fine spots or even baldness appear.
Prevent hair loss
Although most hair loss is genetically determined, you can prevent hair loss in several ways. First of all, you can rule out other causes of hair loss. So make sure you get enough rest and don’t get too stressed out, but for most people this is easier said than done. It is also important to exercise regularly to reduce stress as much as possible.
Also, make sure you’re getting enough iron and vitamins. Make sure you are eating healthy, ask your doctor or pharmacist for supplements if needed. It is also important to get enough protein, vitamins, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids for healthy hair. This means that you need to eat a lot of vegetables, fruits and fish. For more information on healthy eating, please consult your doctor or dietitian.
It’s also good to take good care of your scalp by using shampoos and conditioners. Also, clean hair gives a fuller and healthier impression than dirty, unwashed hair. In addition, avoid combing wet hair: this can sometimes result in the breakage of a large number of hairs that would normally continue to grow. Comb your hair only when it is dry, using a soft brush or wide-tooth comb.
Also (in women) very tight hairstyles, in which hair is pulled back too far with hairpins or rubber bands, can also cause hair loss. This hair loss is known as traction alopecia. You can counteract this type of hair loss by avoiding such hairstyles. If you still like to wear braids or ponytails, consider wearing more loose ones from now on.
Also, avoid thinning your hair at the hairdresser. If you’re worried about your hair falling out, or if you’re already experiencing thinning or hair loss, these treatments at the hairdresser’s will only speed up the process.
You can also consider using hair extension products. However, carefully weigh the pros and cons of hair growth products.
To prevent hair loss with mesotherapy?
Some people seem to benefit from mesotherapy hair treatment, which is a relatively new treatment for hair loss. With the help of a mesotherapist, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are delivered to the scalp.
Therefore, there are several ways to combat hair loss. If this doesn’t work for hereditary reasons, for example, you may want to consider treatments for hair loss.