Many men experience hair loss. In fact, according to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men experience hair loss of some kind by age 35 and by 50, 85% have at least experienced thinning hair. With so many men experiencing hair loss, it's important to look at the causes and try to eliminate any that are under your control. In this blog post, we look at 8 main causes of men's hair loss. If you experience hair loss, you might be able to identify the cause and consider some of the below lifestyle solutions.
1) Medication, Alcohol, and Drug Use
Whether it's a drug prescribed by your doctor or an excessive amount of alcohol in your diet, hair loss can be a side effect. If you are on prescription drugs and are experiencing hair loss, read the labels and ask your doctor if hair loss can be a side effect. Supplements, weight loss drugs, and performance-enhancing drugs can all have the adverse side effect of hair loss.
You may have heard your parents chide you when you were young that you were making them so stressed they were losing their hair. Or maybe you've used that line yourself with your kids. But the truth is, stress really can cause hair loss. Intense stress can cause sudden thinning all over your head instead of just at your hairline.
Infections in your body can cause all sorts of problems, hair loss being one of them. Fungal infections like ringworm can cause hair loss if it travels to the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis is another infection that can cause hair loss as well. If you notice a skin infection and are also experiencing sudden hair loss, there are simple treatments out there to help with hair growth.
4) Poor Diet
Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs proper nutrition to thrive. Protein, iron, and zinc are all essential for healthy hair. So, if you skip a lot of meals or don't eat a well-balanced diet, it can result in hair loss.
Many of the adverse side effects of smoking are well-known. But not everyone realizes smoking can cause hair loss. The toxins in the smoke can damage hair follicles leading to hair loss. Smoking can also affect your hormones, which play a prominent role in hair loss.
6) Medical Conditions
Unfortunately, there are many medical conditions that can be the cause of hair loss. Several common ones are lupus, thyroid conditions, lichen planopilaris, and various autoimmune diseases.
7) Poor Hygiene
Washing your hair and keeping a clean scalp are essential to having healthy hair. When hair follicles become clogged with oil, hair can have a hard time growing. Keeping your hair and scalp clean will increase your odds of having a healthy head of hair.
While you can have control over the other causes listed (medical conditions and infections aside), this is most likely the culprit of hair loss. Male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss carried genetically. However, even though you can't change your genes, there are many hair loss solutions for men that are effective and safe.
How Hair Professionals Can Help
At Hair Professionals, we sit down with each client for a free examination of their hair and scalp to determine the cause of the hair loss and give them potential solutions. From treatments as simple as medicated shampoos and conditioners to laser hair treatment, we do our best to help each client feel confident with healthier, thicker hair. For more information about restoring hair loss, contact us at Hair Professionals.