05 March 2016
Half your mop in the bathroom sink? Hairs clogging the shower drain? A rapidly receding hairline? ‘Why me?’ you might ask. ‘How can I explain this cruel and unjust punishment?’
You would not be the first person to ask this question. Unfortunately, the answer is not clear cut and there are multiple factors that play a part in the balding process.
We know what causes balding. That’s pretty straightforward and was covered in our blog about DHT. But why does this happen to some blokes and not others?
There is definitely a strong genetic component to going bald. Many guys point the finger at their mother’s male relatives. This is probably unfair, as paternal genetics have just as much of a role to play. It is important to note though that there are other factors apart from genetics, and a negative family history certainly does not mean you will not go bald.
Stress can also cause hair loss, but it is usually not the culprit when it comes to common garden variety baldness. Stress has been implicated in alopecia areata (a condition where hair falls out in clumps) and a condition called telogen effluvium. This is where stress may trigger hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and fall out. If you feel like your hair loss is stress related you should consult your GP. They may be able to help your stress and your hair loss.
No one can underestimate the importance of a healthy diet on hair regrowth and health. Certainly deficiencies in micronutrients can lead to thin, unhealthy looking hair.
Apart from age and family history, certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and lupus, are also associated with hair loss. If you suffer from either of these you should visit your GP regularly.
Most of the time, the cause of your hair loss is unkown - and is just bad luck. A combination of unlucky genetics, hormonal factors and environmental factors all play a role. Still, balding is a diagnosis, not a sentence, and that’s where we can help.