Hair Loss & Detailed Guide on Treatment

Hair loss is very common and can be seen in every age group as well as gender. For some people, the loss of hair can be permanent and for others, it can be temporary. Hair loss can be caused due to the change in hormones, some medical problems or medication, heredity, or due to aging. Hair loss is more common in men even at a very young age like the late teenage years or early twenties.

When the scalp experiences extreme hair loss, then it may lead to baldness. Heredity and aging are the most common reasons for baldness. Some people believe that it is a natural process and does not bother about it much; while some people are very conscious about their looks and try to cover their baldness with hair dyes, hats, hairstyles, wigs, and whatnot. Many individuals like to treat this problem with a long-term solution, by having the growth of new hair and thus, reducing hair loss and baldness.

Before choosing any hair loss treatment, it is important to consult an expert to get precise information about the causes of hair loss, appropriate treatments and to know if you are an ideal candidate for such treatments or not.

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Hair Loss Symptoms

Symptoms of Hair Loss

There can be several ways with which hair fall can show up which completely depends on the cause of hair loss. For some people, it appears gradually and in the case of other people, the hair loss can be sudden, and the effects can be visible on the scalp or possibly on the whole body. Following are the signs and symptoms of hair loss:

Slow thinning of hair in the top of your head

This type of hair loss is seen most frequently; visibly shows up with the process of aging. In men, the hairline starts to recede on the forehead whereas, in the case of women, small

Circular/ patchy bald spots

In some people, hair loss can be commonly seen in circular patches or bald spots on the scalp, eyebrows, or men, these patches can also be seen in the beard. Itchiness, irritation, or pain can be experienced before the hair fall./p>

Sudden loss of hair

Fortunately, this type of hair loss is temporary, but it causes thinning in overall hair. You may experience a handful of hair fall in the comb, during hair wash, or during mild hair tugging. The common cause of this hair loss is a physical or emotional stress or shock.

Complete body hair loss

This condition is temporary and hair growth can be seen after some time. The cause of this type of hair loss is some medical conditions, treatments, or medications. The common example is chemotherapy for cancer, due to which hair loss from all over the body can be noticed. This is usually temporary and recovers after underlying condition improves.

Scaling patches all over the scalp

The cause of this hair loss is a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin and scalp, known as ‘ringworm’. In this condition, hair breakage, redness, scalp swelling, and sometimes fluid discharge can occur from the ringworm.

Causes of Hair Loss

It is okay to lose 50-100 hairs daily; it is unnoticeable as this much loss is part of turnover of hair as the same number tends to grow back. When hair doesn't grow back, and daily loss exceeds the number of hair growing back then this condition is considered as hair loss. Following are the reasons for hair loss:


Heredity is the most common reason for hair loss, and this is generally seen with growing age. This condition is known as androgenic alopecia. It takes place gradually and in an expected pattern, such as receding hairline in males and thinning of hair females.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, or thyroid are other reasons for hair loss which can cause either temporary or permanent hair loss.

Medication and supplements

If you are suffering from a medical problem such as cancer, depression, high blood pressure, and you are taking medicines or supplements, then hair loss can be a side effect of them.

Chemicals treatments and hairstyles

Tight and excessive hair styling such as ponytail or crown braids, cornrows, etc. can cause hair loss. Moreover, if permanent hair treatments cause scarring it may result in permanent hair damage.

Preventive Measures

Male and female pattern baldness is a non-preventable type of baldness. Few measures can be taken to control or slow down or postpone the preventable hair loss:

  • Protect your hair from direct sunlight, by covering your head and hair with scarf, hat, or umbrella.
  • Be gentle while you detangle your hair, use a detangling brush.
  • Use a paddle brush and avoid tugging your wet hair.
  • Avoid smoking; smoking is a cause of hair loss in men.
  • If you are taking chemotherapy, ask for a cooling cap as it will decrease the risk of hair loss.
  • Avoid regular use of heating tools such as blow dryers, hair straightening tools, or curlers, etc.
  • Avoid tight braiding, hairstyles, and tight ponytails.