Causes of Hair Loss

Thinning hair, hair loss, and balding have several causes

The Basics

  • Hair loss can effect your confidence and self-esteem.
  • You can loose 50-100 Hair/day
  • Hair lose can be temporary but commonly permanent.
  • Male pattern baldness is a permanent form of hair loss, resulting in thinning hair to the point of loss and no regrowth.
  • alopecia is a term used to describe hair loss as well as a reduction in new hair growth



Genetics – Androgenetic Alopecia | Male pattern baldness

  • Hair loss can start as early as your teens
  • Affects both men and women.
  • In women, thinning hair is more predominant
  • In men, receding hair or a horseshoe pattern is predominant

Malnutrition and Extreme dieting

  • This cause is usually temporary and less common
  • The body lacks proper proteins and nutrients required for hair growth and development




  • Hair follicles similar age like the rest of your body.
  • Hair aging, reduces thickness and integrity becoming thin, and with eventual hair loss.
  • Expected in a majority of the population by age 60.

Physical and Emotional Stress

  • Stress can take on several forms such as illness, injury, pregnancy, hormonal changes, psycho-social causes, etc.



Health Conditions

  • Common conditions include, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, iron deficiency, malabsorption syndromes, autoimmune causes such as lupus, fungal infections, etc
  • Pregnancy can result in temporary hair loss
  • Menopause with hormonal changes can be more permanent hair loss
  • Routine blood testing by your physician can help determine some of these causes.


  • Medication side effects can be involved in hair loss.
  • Common medications include, immunosuppressive agents and chemotherapy used for cancers.
  • Meds for birth control, steroids, diabetes, and high blood pressure can cause hair loss.