Common Causes of Hair Loss

There are a number of reasons for hair loss, including chemotherapy treatment and a variety of forms of alopecia. Read through the causes below to better understand your hair loss.

Chemotherapy Drugs & Radiation Treatment

Drugs and other aggressive treatments for body ailments can poison your hair follicles, sometimes resulting in complete hair loss. This hair loss is temporary; regrowth may take time, but your hair will eventually return to its normal colour and thickness.


Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss seen in women. The hair is genetically programmed to gradually fall out and occurs to 1 in 4 women. Also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss, the individual will see hair loss happening over the top and sides of the head. Although this condition tends to be more common post menopause, it does sometimes begin as early as puberty.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune, genetically-related disease. It often appears as circular patches of hair loss. The hair follicles are attacked by a person’s own immune system, resulting in the arrest of the hair growth stage. While this can also affect hair on other parts of the body such as legs, eyebrows and eyelashes, the hair may or may not grow back on its own and may require treatment from a dermatologist. This condition will affect about 2% of the population and can have a profound impact on the individual’s life.

Traction alopecia occurs when continuous and excessive stress is placed in a pattern – usually hair styles like ponytails, braids and cornrows – that causes hair in those areas to quit growing, be it temporarily or permanently. Try a change of hair style to reverse the hair loss.

Alopecia Areata

This is an autoimmune, genetically-related disease that usually presents in circular patches. This type of alopecia can affect hair on other parts of the body, as well. A consult and treatment from a dermatologist is often required.

Androgenetic Alopecia

This is a genetically-related hair loss. It is a very common form of hair loss for women. It’s called androgenetic because women inherit the genes for hair loss just as men do. This can affect a surprisingly high percentage of women, often in their 20s and 30s. Sometimes it is provoked by changes in delicate balance of male hormones that is disturbed during premenopausal stages. When this happens, women may experience some thinning, often most seen as a widening of the part area.

Telogen Effluvium

This means a flowing out. As I mentioned above, it refers to the natural process of shedding hair. These are the little hairs that you notice when you comb, brush or wash your hair. This is part of the normal lifecycle of hair growth. Hair grows for three to four years on the scalp, rests for three to four months, and then falls out to make way for new hairs that will take their place. This process can be exacerbated by post-partum stress, pregnancy, anemia, nutrition and diet, thyroid, and certain medications and environment.


Trichotillomania is an impulse-control disorder where a person compulsively pulls hair from the scalp. The disorder most commonly occurs in children, adolescents and women who have high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Please seek behavioural therapy or psychiatric treatment.

Stress & Trauma

Physical or emotional stress can trigger hair loss whether people are predestined to lose hair or not. The effect of stress-induced hair loss is not permanent for women who do not have hereditary loss. Stress can trigger long-term hair loss for those women who are pre-disposed to hair loss. Drastic weight loss, severe illness, extreme sports training, loss of a loved one or other emotional stresses can cause hair loss. During periods of severe stress, the body simply shuts down the production of hair to focus energy on repairing vital organs. Hair loss may occur 1-3 months after an illness or surgery. The hair shifts into a resting phase and the re-growth cycle may be altered for 6 months or longer. Long-term health issues such as anemia, low blood counts and thyroid conditions can also contribute to hair loss and should be diagnosed by your physician.

Nutrition & Diet

Rapid weight loss, liquid protein diets and high consumption of foods that are over-processed, low in nutrition and high in animal fats can negatively affect the body’s level of amino acids and vitamin absorption.

Pseudopelade or Follicular Degeneration

This is common in African American women who do a lot of relaxers and cosmetic treatments to their scalp such as cornrows, braids and weaves. With years of perming (relaxers), using strong colourants and harsh chemicals on the scalp, the result can have a negative effect on the hair follicles deep in the scalp and cause the hair to scar, and eventually loosen the hair follicle.

Health and Medications

Conditions such as Lupus – or Malfunction of the thyroid gland – which cause hyperthyroid and hypothyroid disease are the only known health-related causes of thinning hair. Thinning hair can be a side effect to taking certain medications, specifically hormone replacement therapy drugs, birth control and estrogen pills, chemotherapy treatments, cranial radiation, thyroid disease treatments, even blood pressure, diabetic, heart disease and acne medications.

Lupus causes the immune system to become overactive and create antibodies that attack healthy tissues, including hair follicles. If hair replacement is something you want to consider, the highly-experienced consultants at Ultra Hair Solutions & Esthetics will help you find the best solution.

Note: If you believe that you are suffering from one of the above, it is strongly suggested that you consult your family doctor or a dermatologist, and then a hair replacement clinic to determine your options. You may consider masking these symptoms with a natural hair replacement solution. Today’s sophisticated hair systems can be designed to compensate for your hair loss while you are undergoing treatments.


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