Balding, why does it happen?

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You won’t see it coming until the little naked patch starts peeking out. Did you know we lose hair every day? And although the absence of old age prevents you from really seeing the defects sooner, some may not be so lucky in having a full head of hair by the age of 35.

There are a few reasons why baldness occurs, whilst some are hereditary based, others come in the form of strenuous exercises we put our poor strands through on a regular basis. But all this talk about losing hair and going bald isn’t to scare you into oblivion and leave you with a root (excuse the pun) cause and no solution. This segment will hopefully provide a window into the normality of hair loss.

The basis is; hair loss is inevitable but treating it, isn’t. Got it?

So let’s start with the main cause:

Androgenetic alopecia or, Male Pattern Baldness/Female Pattern Baldness. Genetically inherited, or through the normal aging process with the male hormone; androgens

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See? Unavoidable. However, some lose hair faster through their genetic predisposition, and the unpredictable turn of events your body might go through (who knows, maybe you’re someone who loves to skydive and land through a ring of fire). We’re not abhorrent to whatever it is you do in your spare time, we just want you to take preventative measures so you’re left feeling OK afterwards.

Here are the less predictable reasons to hair loss:

Traction Alopecia: constant styling and the tight pulling of your hair can lead to this problem. Because doing this creates stress in your hair follicles, the loss comes from repeated tension to your scalp (watch out, Ariana Grande)

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Androgenetic alopecia: this is an autoimmune disease where your own body attacks your hair follicles and damages the root of the hairs.

Anagen effluvium: commonly associated with chemotherapy, but also occurs through radiation therapy and other forms of drug intake. It’s when toxic substances impair the follicles.

Telogen effluvium: if you go through a physical trauma (we’re telling you, avoid those skydiving ring of fires), illness, surgery or severe weight loss. The time it takes for hair loss to occur during this phase is up to 3 months due to major stress or shock.

Tinea capitis: ever heard of worms in your head? This occurs when fungi infect the scalp and hair shaft, which results in a scaly patch. The scarring that it causes can lead to hair loss…

If not prevented.

Prevention, treatment, regrowth. Say those words back to yourself. 

The signs that you should look out for include, but are not exclusive to, excessive hair loss post showering or brushing your hair. A receding hairline that is beginning to stretch way beyond normal forehead height; probably a good sign as well. Remember what we mentioned above? Male Pattern Baldness. The thing is, it doesn’t only occur through a receding hairline, it can also occur through ‘diffuse thinning’ (Prince Williams style). Instead of starting from the front hairline up, it begins like a crater on the back of your head. 

Of course, there are an array of other factors that contributes to the loss of hair. Underlying medical conditions and bad diets are significant to the contribution of hair loss, and loss pertaining to these factors can come at any given time.

The few things we would like you to know is that balding doesn’t occur over certain things. 

Wearing a hat or wig, for example, does not affect the growth of your hair – neither does it cause balding to happen. How many times have you been told by someone that you need to stop wearing that hat or else you’ll go bald? Hats are not contributing factors to baldness unless you’re wearing it super tight, which we doubt you are. If you are, then we could say the friction due to the tightness over long periods of time can lead to the promotion of hair loss. 

How about an allergic reaction with your hat? Well…….I’m afraid, folks, that’s to be continued. 

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding your health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Site.

 

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