Understanding Hair Loss

Hair loss and thinning of hair is a common problem faced by many people. Many people doesn’t know that hair loss had high recover rate when treated early. To treat hair loss we must understand why hair loss occurs. Our hair grows around 0.4mm per day. The fast growing hair needs plenty of nourishment like vitamin, mineral, protein and micro nutrient to grow well. Any disruption on the hair growth cycle will cause hair loss problem.


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What is the common cause of hair loss?

There are many cause of hair loss. The most common cause of hair loss is Female pattern hair loss(FPHL) and Male pattern hair loss(MPHL). Other cause of hair loss including Alopecia Areata, Telogen Effluvium, Nutrient deficiency and Hair Fungal Infection.


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Female pattern hair loss

A type of hair loss caused by genetic predisposition where hair follicles are sensitive to hormone. It usually occurs in female. Hair begins to thin at vertex & hairline area in early 20. It is good recovery rate if treated early. But maintenance treatment is very important, cause it has “genetic” predisposition.


Male pattern hair loss

A type of hair loss caused by genetic predisposition where hair follicles are sensitive to hormone. It usually occur in male and sometimes happened in female. Hair begin to thin at vertex and frontal area in early 20. Many men find it distressing and unwelcome event. Actually there are effective and safe treatment of male pattern hair loss. Seeking treatment early is the key to successful hair regrowth. Combination treatment produce superior results in treating male pattern hair loss.

“This meta-analysis strongly suggests that minoxidil, finasteride, and low-level laser light therapy are effective for promoting hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia and that minoxidil is effective in women with androgenetic alopecia”

Read more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28396101


Alepecia areata

Alopecia areata is autoimmune hair loss where our own immune system attack the hair follicles causing patchy hair loss. It MUST be treated early to prevent permanent hair loss. Treatment is including tropical medication, corticosteroid injection and hair care. Proper follow up with doctors are important because the recurrence rate is high depend the onset of disease. The relapse rate was 52%, 44% and 30% in the childhood‐onset, adult‐onset and late‐onset groups.


Hair fungal infection

Fungal will cause inflammation to scalp and hair follicles causing hair loss. This condition can be treated easily with fungal medication. But if left untreated may cause permanent scaring hair loss.


Telogen effluvium

Grover C, Khurana A. Telogen effluvium. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2013;79:591-603

A condition where stress towards the body causing a temporary stop in hair growth. Patient usually experience general thinning of hair and hair loss. It is commonly seen in post pregnancy where there is general shedding of hair and thinning of hair. Certain medical condition like hypothyroidism can cause thinning of hair as well. Some studies find out that certain nutrient deficiency like Iron, Zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin B and folic acid can cause general thinning of hair. Thus, our doctor highly recommenced patient with hair loss to undergo health screening test prior to hair regrowth treatment. These are some common cause of hair loss secondary to nutrient deficiency.

Risk Factor Nutrient Deficiency
History of blood loss: menstrual in women Iron
Pregnancy Iron, Folic acid, Zinc
Alcoholism Folic acid, Zinc, Vitamin B
Vegetarians Iron, Zinc
Inadequate sun exposure Vitamin D
Malnutrition Selenium, Multiple vitamin deficiencies


Sometimes, taking too much supplement of certain nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Selenium, may actually result in hair loss.Thus it is important to have proper consultation with Doctor regarding hair loss before taking any supplement or undergo any treatment.


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