Genetically, thinning hair can come from
either parents side of the family.
There are two different types of
hair loss, medically known as anagen
effluvium and Telogen effluvium.
Anagen effluvium is generally due to
internally administered medications,
such as chemotherapy agents, that
poison the growing hair follicle.
Telogen effluvium, is due to an
increased number of hair follicles
entering the resting stage.
The most common causes of telogen
Physical stress: surgery, illness,
anemia, rapid weight change.
Emotional stress: mental illness,
death of a family member.
Medications: High doses of Vitamin
Blood pressure and Gout
Hormonal causes: pregnancy, birth
control pills, menopause.
When the above causes of telogen
effluvium are reversed or altered
you should see the return of normal
Hair thinning may also occur due to
dieting. Franchised diet programs
which are designed or administered
under the direction of a physician
with prescribed meals, dietary
supplements and vitamin ingestion
have become popular. Sometimes the
client is told that vitamins are a
necessary part of the program to
prevent hair loss associated with
dieting. From a dermatologists's
standpoint, however, the vitamins
cannot prevent hair loss associated
with rapid, significant weight loss.
Furthermore, many of these
supplements are high in vitamin A
which can magnify the loss of hair.
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL STRESS
Surgeries, severe illnesses and
emotional stress can also cause the
hair to fall out. The body simply shuts down
production of hair during periods of
stress since it is not necessary for
survival and instead devotes its
energies toward repairing vital body
structures. In many cases there is a
three month delay between the actual
event and the onset of hair loss.
Furthermore, there may be another