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Losing your hair can be an upsetting experience, causing distress and a negative outlook on our own personal image. There are different types of hair loss, and some are treatable. But before we get into that, let’s look at the things we do everyday that could lead to hair loss, and what we can do to prevent this from happening. 
 
Losing your hair can be an upsetting experience, causing distress and a negative outlook on our own personal image. There are different types of hair loss, and some are treatable. But before we get into that, let’s look at the things we do everyday that could lead to hair loss, and what we can do to prevent this from happening. 
 
Causes of hair loss 
 
Every day, we can lose between 50 to 100 hairs without even noticing and through general ‘wear and tear’. Whilst hair loss isn’t usually something to worry about medically speaking, there are some types of hair loss that could indicate a medical condition, such as sudden hair loss or bald patches, which could be a sign of developing alopecia areata. 
 
There are types of hair loss that are temporary, often bought on by: 
 
• Illness 
• Stress 
• Iron deficiency 
• Weight loss 
• Cancer treatments 
 
Whilst these are temporary, they can still be very stressful to go through and the hair can still take quite a long time to grow back. 
There are also other factors that can be at play, and changing your lifestyle a little bit to accommodate better health can go a long way to preventing hair loss being brought on. 
 
Preventing hair loss 
 
Whilst balding isn’t always preventable, there are some habits that you can quit to improve your chances of keeping your hair firmly on your scalp. 
 
• Stop smoking. Whilst this is a good tip for everyone who smokes, there have been links made between smoking and pattern baldness, particularly in men 
 
• Avoid tight hairstyles, such as buns, braids, pigtails, plaits or ponytails. These hairstyles can pull on the roots of your hair, encouraging hair loss. 
 
• Stop using styling products that can cause damage to your hair, such as curling irons or hot rollers. 
 
• Avoid medications, vitamins or supplements that can cause hair loss 
 
• Wear a cooling cap if you are being treated with chemotherapy. This can reduce the hair loss during treatment 
 
If you are looking for more information on hair loss, or are looking to into hair transplants then why not contact Birmingham Dermatology Clinic today, to see how we can help you! 
 
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