Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What Causes Hair Loss?

In order to prevent or reverse hair loss you have to know why and how you lose your hair.

This happens because of an excess of a chemical called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. It is formed when androgen (the male hormone that is very important for both hair loss and hair growth) combines with 5 alpha-reductase enzyme. Once formed, DHT binds to hair follicle, retards growth and cuts off blood supply to the follicle. As you know, blood transports vitamins, minerals and everything needed to be healthy. So its normal to have an unhealthy and soon to be missing hair when the blood supply is cut off.

DHT is one of the 3 major reasons for hair loss. The other 2 are heredity and lifestyle.

Around 50% of the men who suffer from hair loss have inherited the condition. There isn't much to it, just check out if someone in your family has male pattern baldness, if yes you might have to start thinking of a treatment cause you will be unable to prevent the hair loss it self. If no one in your family suffers from this condition, read on to see how your lifestyle can cause losing your hair.

The third reason should be more discussed. Your lifestyle can affect hair loss in many ways. As you already know blood flow is important for bringing nutrients and vitamins to your hair. But what if they are not enough? Some of them are essential to having a healthy hair, and to having any hair at all. So the first thing you should look out for is your diet!

  1. Make sure you have a well balanced diet containing plenty of grains, vegetables, fruits, protein and healthy fats.
  2. Increase your intake of dark leafy vegetables.
  3. Eat super foods like berries and broccoli that are packed with nutrients and vitamins.
  4. Drink plenty of water.
  5. Avoid overcooking vegetables because it robs them of their nutrients.

Another lifestyle factor is smoking. It affects hair loss in at least 2 ways:
  1. Causes blood vessels to constrict which makes it harder for the heart to pump blood through the arteries which impacts the blood circulatory system.
  2. produces carbon monoxide which inhibits the blood's capacity to carry oxygen.
As we said, blood supply is a key factor for having healthy hair, so anything that has such negative effects on your blood flow will help you lose hair. If thats not what you want, you better consider putting an end to smoking.

Stress is a key factor to many people's hair loss. It causes a white blood cell attack on the hair follicles, which stops hair growth. What you can the about it is to straighten your life, make it simpler and feel more positive about things. Don't worry, be happy!

Another mistake people make is using strong chemicals. In their ambition to look good a present people overuse shampoos, hair gels and such. This will help you now but in the long run it will lead to hair loss.

So these are the 3 major causes for hair loss, 2 of them are preventable. There are supplements that block the DHT ( and also contain many important vitamins, herbs and nutrients, more on that at our Top Hair Loss Supplements post) and of course you can always change you lifestyle.

Thats all on what causes hair loss, if you have any questions feel free to ask us at or leave a comment.


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