Premature hair loss, especially in men, has become such a common sight today that people have come to accept the belief that some men are just meant to be bald at an early age. Is there any truth to this belief? Well, if you consider the fact that men and women can have an inevitable genetic disposition for hair loss and balding, then you may be inclined to take this belief seriously. However, you need to understand that the rate at which you lose your hair due to faulty or unfavourable genes can be controlled to a certain extent. Hence, with the exception of a few extraordinary cases, most people can actually do something about their premature hair loss.
Before we dig deeper into the causes of premature hair loss, it is important for you to have an idea of the devastating impact that premature hair loss can have in the life of an individual. The reason why we have chosen the word devastating is because losing your hair during early adulthood can break you down on a number of levels. As the hair falls off the scalp, the confidence dwindles and the self esteem becomes smaller and smaller with each passing day. The current beauty standards in society are really high. Anyone who fails to meet those standards is bound to have a miserable time, regardless of how liberal they may be in their thinking. There is nothing wrong with losing your hair when you are young. However, dealing with the harsh remarks and comments made by people might just prove to be a little too much for you to handle. It upsets you to the point where you turn into a bitter individual who has no clue of how to solve his or her hair loss problem.
Now that you have a better understanding of the effects of premature hair loss, take a look at some of the most common causes of this highly undesirable and unpleasant condition:
1) Telogen Effluvium
Telogen effluvium can be described as a form of hormonal imbalance that affects the rate of hair loss. The hormonal balance in your body can be easily disrupted. When you experience severe health complications such as a major surgery, illness, pregnancy, rapid weight gain or drastic weight loss, then your body is likely to suffer from extreme levels of stress. This stress shakes up the hormonal balance and paves the path for telogen effluvium to take place and cause havoc in your scalp.
It is a misconception that telogen effluvium always leads to baldness. There are many individuals with telogen effluvium who are no developing bald spots on their own. Does this mean that telogen effluvium does not trigger hair loss? Not, exactly. What telogen effluvium does is that it weakens the hair follicles and the hair roots. Therefore, whenever the hair is exposed to stress or strain or pressure of any sort, it breaks off or gets pulled out of the scalp quite easily. This is the reason why people with telogen effluvium are known to experience massive hair loss when shampooing, washing their hair or brushing. As you can quite clearly understand, such types of hair loss are not exactly the same as balding.
Telogen effluvium could also be the result of resorting to certain medications that are not exactly conducive for hair growth. Examples of such include anti-depressants, beta blockers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Premature hair loss can affect people who have problems in their thyroid gland. In fact, according to some experts, hyperthyroidism is perhaps the most prominent factor in the rise of premature baldness in recent times. It is also worth noting that hypothyroidism (not to be mistaken with hyperthyroidism) can cause people to lose their hair much earlier than they should.
Hair loss is not the only symptom of hyperthyroidism. Along with balding, you may have to deal with fatigue, constipation, mood swings and depression if you are suffering from hyperthyroidism.
3) Alopecia Areata
If you have done your homework on hair loss conditions, then you must have come across alopecia areata during your research. For those of you who are not aware of what alopecia areata is (or does), it is an autoimmune disease that can be incredibly problematic for your hair follicles. You would be genuinely surprised to know that an estimated number of 8 million people in the world are experiencing this disorder every single year.
Researchers have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of this disorder as of now. However, there are acceptable theories which suggest that stress and exhaustion could be the two key factors that lead to the development of alopecia areata.
The patients of alopecia areata are known to experience partial hair loss before developing huge bald spots on their head. It goes without saying that men are more vulnerable to alopecia areata than women.