Hair loss is a common condition and can affect men and women equally, at some point in their lives. There is a difference between hair loss and balding. While hair loss can be caused by stress, hygiene, allergies, and nutrition, balding has a different component.
Balding is caused by genetics and hormone metabolites that damage hair follicles that are genetically susceptible. Things such as thyroid disease, chemotherapy, anemia, and certain medications can cause baldness. Your Doctor may want to take blood work to check your iron levels, vitamin B levels, thyroid function, and possibly a biopsy of your scalp. All these things will help to determine the cause of your balding and rule out other factors.
While there is no cure for baldness, there are medications that have given good results such as minoxidil that both men and women can use, and Propecia that is for men only. Be aware that some of the side effects can be less than desirable, for instance, impotence or decrease in libido or unwanted hair growth in other areas that the medication could have been accidentally applied.
If you are trying to keep the hair that you still have, here is something to consider, that may assist you in your endeavors. While you have no control over your genetics which is a primary culprit in baldness, there is another major culprit that affects your hair loss that you do have some power over, and that is, “Hormone Balance.”
Hormone balance relies on the foods we eat, the exercise and rest we get and even the amount of stress we are under.
Along with staying away from things that create an imbalance in your hormones, here are a few things you can do to create an environment for healthy hair.
Fighting hair loss may take an investment of time along with trial and error as you find what works for you but making a complete approach to not just your hair but your whole health will yield fuller results.