Hair Loss Causes
Hair Loss Factors
By Christopher Luck
What are the factors that contribute to hair loss? I know I have friends
and relative that have suffered hair loss, but they are so different. As I
checked into it farther, I found that there are a lot of factors that can
contribute to hair loss. Some are natural and others are not caused by
natural factors. It seems that there are as many hair loss factors as
there are individuals. However, there are some main factors that
contribute to a majority of cases.
Perhaps the most common factor in hair loss is genetics. Likely when you
hear the words ďhair loss,Ē you think of male pattern baldness. To be
fair, it is probably the most common form of hair loss. Male pattern
baldness is greatly affected by genetics. The genes can be carried on both
the motherís side of the family and the fatherís. Some men will even start
to lose their hair by their late teens or early 20ís. Genetics is one of
the most powerful factors when it comes to hair loss, but make no mistake,
there are plenty of other factors that can contribute.
Another factor that can cause hair loss, though to a lesser extent, is
high levels of stress. If a person, male or females, is experiencing high
levels of continual stress, they will sometimes begin to lose their hair.
A classic historical example is that of Roger Maris as he pursued Babe
Ruthís single season home run record. As the pressure mounted and he
approached the record, Maris began to lose the hair on his head in chunks.
The only reason for this hair loss was the stress he was experiencing.
Stress is a powerful force, but some donít realize it is powerful enough
to cause people to lose their hair.
A third factor in hair loss, and one that is, sadly, becoming more common
is cancer treatment. Sometimes cancers are treated via chemotherapy. That
means radiation is used to kill the infected cells. A common side effect
of this treatment is hair loss. The radiation cannot magically attack only
the cancer cells, so the body does end up reacting to the radiation all
over. Often this includes a mal function of the hair follicles causing the
hair loss. Fortunately for those who are lucky enough to recover, the hair
generally grows back when the therapy has concluded.
In experiencing day to day life, you likely see people suffering from hair
loss. Those people also likely vary in race, age, sex, and lifestyle, so
what are the factors of their hair loss. The truth is that the factors
causing hair loss are as varied as the people losing their hair. There are
however, certain common factors that are found across the board: genetics,
stress, and chemotherapy are just three of the more common of those
reasons. In the end, those who suffer from hair loss must conclude the
cause of their problem and decide on the best treatment for their
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