Hair loss, or Alopecia, can affect men as well as women, even if men are more affected. Hair loss can be partial or total. The main causes of hair loss are:
-Heredity (Alopecia Androgenetic);
-Hormones (decreased female hormones or increased male hormones);
-The change of season
-Certain medicated treatments;
Can we prevent hair loss?
It is difficult to prevent hair loss, especially if it is not hereditary. However, in case of abnormal hair loss, or if a parent is prone to Alopecia, some daily gestures can slow down hair loss. To prevent hair loss, it is advisable to:
-Limit hair dyes, gels and lacquers, dry shampoos;
-Use a mild shampoo;
-massaging the scalp;
-Adopt a diet rich in iron, copper, silicon, fatty acids, zinc and vitamin B.
What are the risk factors for hair loss?
Some people are more likely than others to lose their hair and the causes are not necessarily related to a disease. Medicated treatments for arthritis, gout or high blood pressure increase the risk of hair loss, as is taking testosterone for athletes. The nutritional deficiencies that promote hair loss are those of iron and protein. Avoid overdrawn hairstyles, such as a ponytail or a bun, which increase the risk of hair loss. The heat is not good either for the hair, so it is necessary to limit the brushing or hot drying.
What are the treatments for hair loss?
Hair loss treatments vary depending on the cause. If it is related to childbirth, fatigue or season change, zinc and vitamin B supplementation is a solution. For the Areata a cortico-therapy is usually prescribed. For the most severe or advanced cases, the hair transplant is conceivable.