Okay, so there are clumps of hair falling off your head. Clumps, and clumps of hair. It’s almost as if someone attacked your head every time you shower or brush your hair. Looking at hairballs is stressing you out; you’re worried there might be something wrong.

It isn’t natural, it isn’t okay.

The truth is, around 80 million men and women in America experience hereditary hair loss—so it’s more common than you think. That still doesn’t change the fact that hair loss is causing you anxiety. You avoid taking a shower or brushing your hair just because you don’t want to see your hair fall, but those glaring bald spots on your hairline serve as a constant reminder. You can’t even look at yourself in the mirror anymore.

Hair loss triggers anxiety and depression in large part of the population. The journey of hair loss is intimate and personal, yet it’s out there for everyone to see and remark at. So, you decide to isolate yourself. You refuse to go out in fear of someone commenting on how much hair you’ve lost. Your self-esteem has gone down the drain.

Slowly and surely, it sucks the life out of you. But hey—at least you’re not alone. Most people struggling from hair loss tend to isolate themselves. This isolation is just going to make you feel worse, trust us.

Here’s a thought: instead of giving up hope and shutting yourself out of the world, why don’t we get to the root of the problem? Multiple reasons trigger hair loss, so find out what’s making you lose your hair and your confidence so that you can come up with a solution before it’s too late.

Diet

Malnutrition and a deficiency of essential vitamins in the body have been linked to hair loss. The body requires nutrients to create new strands of hair and maintain healthy follicles. A lack of these nutrients leads to damaged hair, including dandruff, dryness, dullness, and breakage.

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in managing hair follicles and promoting new, healthy hair. Eating red meat encourages hair growth and consuming foods rich in zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, iron, and biotin. Your diet should include nutrient-rich foods such as avocado, spinach, fatty fish, nuts, eggs, oysters, and beans. Vitamin D deficiency also leads to hair loss, so make sure you’re getting enough sun. If not, consider taking supplements for these vitamins.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is a fancy medical term for hair loss due to continuous tension in one area. Bald spots and hair thinning along the hairline usually occur due to wearing tight hairstyles for prolonged periods. These tight hairstyles cause constant tension in the follicles, leading to breakage and bald spots. Avoid wearing high ponytails or tight buns, braids, cornrows, and hair extensions for long periods, and instead, opt for looser hairstyles or change your part. Give your hair time to recover, and hopefully, you’ll see them growing back.

Male/Female Pattern Baldness

Also known as androgenic alopecia, this is a natural, genetic condition that affects both men and women. It’s a common condition, affecting around 50% of men over the age of 50 and 65% of women over the age of 65. This form of hair loss is related to hormones, particularly DHT.

Since DHT receptors are located primarily around the temples, increased androgen levels can cause hair follicles to shrink, leading to a receding hairline in men. For women, hair becomes thinner all around the head, starting from the crown. Patchy bald spots appear, but the hairline rarely recedes.

Although this type of baldness is genetic, there are other environmental factors at play. Air pollution and cigarette smoke have been found to increase hair loss and encourage baldness.

Medical Conditions and Medication

Sometimes hair loss can be a result of an underlying health issue that you may have. Thyroid disease is one of the leading causes of hair loss, as this condition causes a hormonal imbalance that affects your entire scalp. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out in patches. Scleroderma is another common chronic autoimmune disease caused by the increased production of collagen in the body. This may lead to hair thinning all around the scalp and the formation of itchy sores. Other illnesses that lead to hair loss are cancer, Hashimoto disease, Graves’ disease, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease.

Certain medications can also cause hair to fall out. This hair loss may be temporary because these medications damage the hair follicles and disrupt growth. Certain acne medications, birth control pills, antibiotics, blood thinners, anti-depressants, and weight loss drugs can cause hair thinning or hair loss.

Stress

When you’re stressed or anxious, your body’s fight or flight response is triggered. This makes your body release extra hormones to combat any potential perceived threat, resulting in a hormonal imbalance. It’s a well-known fact that emotional stress and anxiety lead to hair fall, but when your hair loss is causing you anxiety, you’re stuck in a vicious cycle. Often, stress-related hair falls occur three months after a stressful event occurs, but most of the time, it isn’t permanent, and hair will regrow once hormone levels are regulated.

Hair loss that can’t be fixed causes a lot of anxiety, and rightly so. You can often combat hair loss by eating right, wearing loose hairstyles, fixing your hormonal balances, and following a healthy, stress-free lifestyle. However, hair loss can often not be treated naturally, and you’re left with nothing but surgical options.

There are many surgical treatments for hair loss and hair thinning, such as hair transplant, PRP, and SMP treatments. Scalp Micropigmentation is one of the most popular and effective ways to combat hair loss for men and women alike. Similar to microblading, SMP treatment involves replicating hair follicles by using a micropigmentation device on your scalp. The pigment creates an illusion of thicker, denser hair and can disguise bald spots and thinning hair all around the scalp. It’s a cost-effective, permanent solution for those looking to cover visible hair loss.

Delaware Scalp Micropigmentation is the leading SMP treatment center in all of DE. We are a team of two professionals who have helped hundreds of people experiencing hair loss recover their self-esteem and confidence. Check out our results here, or contact us at 302-292-0380, and we can set up an appointment for a consultation.