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The causes and the facts

THERE IS NO SINGLE CAUSE OF THINNING HAIR; THERE ARE MANY

Thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic, and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Hair cells reproduce at a faster rate than any other in our bodies, so they are also sensitive to changes in our health or environment. Addressing thinning begins with understanding what causes and contributes to it, and the early warning signs to look out for.

Known factors and reasons

DISCOVER THE SIX REASONS YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING THINNING HAIR

GENETICS

A common family predisposition involves natural, age-related hormonal changes that can trigger hair loss. This is caused by the conversion of testosteronewikipedia» TESTOSTERONEVclose into the toxin Dihydrotestosterone (DHTwikipedia» DHTVclose) and can be inherited from either your mother or your father.

STRESS AND TRAUMA

Stress can produce increased levels of testosteronewikipedia» TESTOSTERONEVclose, which converts to DHTwikipedia» DHTVclose and interrupts the hair’s growth cycle. Stress also constricts blood supply through the capillaries, restricting oxygen and nutrient uptake and vitamins to the hair follicle.

HEALTH ISSUES

Several underlying health issues can cause hair thinning, including a malfunctioning of the hormone-producing thyroidwikipedia» THYROIDDie Schilddrüse ist eine Hormondrüse bei den Wirbeltieren. Sie befindet sich bei Säugetieren am Hals unterhalb des Kehlkopfes vor der Luftröhre. Beim Menschen hat sie die Form eines Schmetterlings.Vclose gland and the natural hormonal changes women experience after pregnancy and during the menopause.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

Air and water pollutants, chlorinewikipedia» CHLORINEVclose, metals and minerals may be left on the scalp and hair as we wash with water every day, contributing to thinning. Pollutants such as pseudo-estrogens and toxins from within our bodies are also a factor.

MEDICATION

The hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes in the body. Any hormone therapy (including birth control) can contribute to hair thinning, as can steroids, specific chemotherapies, and medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and acne.

Other contributing factors

LEARN ABOUT OTHER PROCESSES THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THINNING HAIR

Early warning signs

HOW TO TELL IF THINNING HAIR MIGHT AFFECT YOU IN THE FUTURE