Causes of Hair Loss

There are many forms of hair loss and all sorts of causes. Not everything is clear cut, but from our 20 years of experience, we’ve learned a few things about what can contribute to hair loss.

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AHCL-accreditedThere are many things that can cause hair loss.  At Bravadas we are familiar and experienced with all types of hair loss.

As with many things, education can really help put your mind at ease when dealing with something as traumatic as hair loss. Key factors play a role in all types of hair loss. Listed below are many reasons why you could be losing your hair.

These are just an overview of starting points. If you would like more information on hair loss, we suggest setting up an appointment for a free consultation in-store, or free video consultation from your home.

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Illness or major medical procedures before-and-after-cancerThis the most common reason for hair loss among women. When going through something like this it can cause such physical, mental, and emotional stress that you can lose large amounts of hair quite quickly. The good news about this kind of hair loss is usually the hair will grow back in as it was before. Losing their hair is also not the first thing on someone’s mind when they have just been told they have cancer. As the shock wears off, and they are usually informed that they need to buy a wig in advance. Local doctors and nurses send us new clients because they know we will take great care of them.
Medication Unfortunately, medication has become a common part of everyday life for most adults, and many of them cause hair loss. Some medications are necessary, but they can still have adverse effects. We don’t have a comprehensive list of all medications that cause hair loss but do know a few of the most common. Medicines that are used in chemotherapy, most antidepressants, some anticoagulants (or blood-thinning medication), birth control pills, and any type of hormone replacement drugs can cause hair loss. The good news is that hair loss due to any of these should improve after discontinuing the medication.
Pregnancy When some women become pregnant the change in their hormones can cause accelerated natural hair loss. The amount of hair loss can be light or heavy. It’s always a good idea to consult your physician if you feel that the amount of hair you are losing is not normal. This is usually temporary and will go away when the pregnancy is over. In some cases, it can take up to six months for your hair to fully recover from pregnancy.
Hair Care In some cases, the way you treat your hair can lead to hair loss. Chemical treatments, curling irons, flat irons, and over-processing can damage hair enough to cause your hair to start falling out. Once the hair follicle is damaged it cannot produce new hair. This isn’t to imply you shouldn’t visit a salon, but you do need to be aware of the risk involved in going too often. Stay away from box color, and home remedies. Always visit a professional stylist when putting chemicals on your hair.
Genetics

Male and female-pattern baldness is the most common natural source of hair loss. Understanding hair loss that is genetic, requires understanding how your body works at a cellular level. The pattern can vary for both, but men usually start with a receding hair-line. In women, the pattern is more spotty all over. This type of hair loss will not correct itself. The easiest way to handle it is to buy a wig.