What Causes Hair Loss? | Dr Chen Tai Ho

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What Causes Hair Loss?

by | Sep 16, 2015

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend ahead. For today’s topic, I want to talk about hair loss and the potential causes for it. This is a very common problem that many aging people face, with hair suddenly thinning or falling out seemingly without reason. However, this does not only affect those who are aging; younger individuals can also suffer from hair loss. Allow me to highlight some potential reasons why.

Not enough protein

This is triggered two to three months after your protein intake is insufficient. Your body is programmed to ration protein, which may result in it shutting down the process of hair growth. You should ensure that you always have a healthy intake of protein, which can be obtained from eggs, fish and meats!

Be sure to consume foods high in protein (pic from healthyceleb.com)


This can be broken down into physical and emotional. Physical stress may be caused by anything such as a car accident, an injury or even something as common as the flu! This may cause your hair to be shocked into shedding, which may occur three to six months after the incident.

Kids may also be a source of emotional stress (pic from mysahana.org)

Emotional stress may occur for example during a tough time at work, the passing of a loved one, or perhaps looking after an elderly parent. However, it is less likely to actually cause hair loss – it is much more likely to make an existing problem worse!


This is when your thyroid gland is less active than it should be. The gland is in your neck and produces hormones needed for growth and metabolism; if not enough hormones are being produced, it may potentially lead to hair loss. You should consult a doctor if you suspect this, with tests able to determine the cause of it.

(pic from healthtap.com)

Your genes

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about this. It has been shown that approximately two out of three men tend to experience some form of hair loss by the time they hit 60 due to male pattern baldness. Individuals that experience this tend to have a receding hairline which turns into an M-shape; this is caused by a combination of male sex hormones and genes.

Women can also suffer from female pattern hair loss, but instead of suffering from a receding hairline, they may instead notice their hair thinning. The hair parting may also begin to widen.

Hair loss affects both men and women (pic from hairlossbaldnesscure.com)

How To Treat Hair Loss?

If the problems above persist even after you have tried recommendations and methods suggested by your doctor, you may want to explore aesthetic procedures to restore your hair.

There are several ways to treat hair loss, but one highly effective method is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which is essentially a hair transplant from a donor area on your body to the treatment area. The results are permanent and looks natural because it is your own hair.

You can read more about FUE by clicking here.

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