Certain hairstyles can be very harmful to hair in both men and women. Styles that put stress and tension on the roots of the hair such as pigtails, cornrows, and dreadlocks can cause a type of hair loss called alopecia.
Tight hair rollers can also contribute to the problem. If the style is worn until scarring develops then the hair loss will become permanent.
Hormonal imbalances can be another cause of hair loss. For example, an overactive or underactive thyroid gland can cause a person’s hair to fall out. Hair loss is actually one of the identifying symptoms for thyroid problems, along with muscle and joint pains, and neck discomfort. Also, imbalances in hormones as a result of anabolic steroid use by athletes can cause premature hair loss, not to mention a ton of other extremely dangerous side effects. In most of these cases the hair will return once the hormonal balance has been corrected. However, long term hormonal problems can eventually make the hair loss permanent.
There are many common medicines that can also cause hair loss such as blood thinners, heart medications, vitamin A, antidepressants, and birth control pills. Once again, hair loss will improve once the medicine is out of your system and your body returns to normal. Ask your doctor if any of your medications include hair loss as a side effect, and maybe he will be able to suggest an alternative.
If you experience genetic baldness or “common baldness” then even the most careful preventative measures will eventually fail. There are many products on the market such as Propecia which are made specifically to target men with male pattern baldness. For many men, this product can not only stop balding but actually reverse the process and allow for hair re-growth.
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