11 Common Causes of Hair Loss

There are several causes of hair loss.

1) Genetic Predisposition

Commonly referred to as male pattern baldness and androgenetic alopecia, this is the leading cause of hair loss. The hair follicles change and shrink overtime causing the typical M-shaped hairline.

2) Stress

Physical and psychological stress can temporarily off-set the balance of hormones in the body. Long term stress equals long term hormone imbalance, which will lead to hair loss.

3) Nutritional Deficiency

Deficiency in Iron, Vitamin B, Protein, etc., can cause hair loss. Learn more.

4) Medication

It is common knowledge that chemotherapy drugs can cause hair loss.  Thyroid medications, birth control pills, beta-blockers, etc., can lead to hair loss as well.

5) Scalp Infections

Various scalp infections like scalp fungus can cause hair loss.

6) Autoimmune Disease

This is when the body’s immune system destroys its own healthy cells, which includes the healthy hair follicles.

7) Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland which is located below the voice box, plays a huge role in the release of various hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. Hypothyroidism is the underproduction of certain hormones which alters the body’s metabolism, leading to hair loss.

8) Trichotillomania

This is the habitual plucking and pulling of the hair, which will obviously lead to bald spots.

9) Traction

This is typically caused by tightly pulled hair styles, like tight buns and cornrows.

10) Smoking

Hair loss is known to be a side effect off smoking, even though it is still unclear if it is caused by tobacco toxins or nicotine which constricts blood vessels.

11) Hormone Imbalance

There are several causes of hormone imbalance. These could be habits, diets, Low testosterone or just plain aging.

If you are experiencing hair loss, contact the NuMale Medical Center. We will determine the cause of your hair loss and offer a lasting solution


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