Common causes of hair loss are generally due to a lack of oxygenated blood supply to the scalp and resulting malnourishment of the hair follicle, which can be triggered by a number of conditions. The natural ingredients of LMB’s hair loss therapy formulations specifically counter these causes.
Physical or mental stress can cause hair loss. The hair follicle enters the telogen phase prematurely, stopping hair growth and accelerating shedding. Stress can also cause the shrinking of the blood vessels restricting sufficient blood supply to the scalp, leading to malnourishment and weakening of the hair follicles.
Inherited Male Pattern Baldness
Testosterone imbalance is one of the leading causes of hair loss for men. An enzyme in the hair follicle converts testosterone into DHT (DiHydroTestosterone). Excessive amounts of DHT cause the hair follicle to shrink, making the hair shaft thinner, shortening the growth phase. Eventually, hair stops growing entirely and the hair follicle becomes dormant resulting in a receding hairline and baldness in some areas of the scalp.
Female Hormonal Imbalance
There are many contributing factors that can cause women to experience hair thinning and loss due to hormonal imbalances, some of the most common are:
- Thyroid - An overactive or underactive thyroid gland can cause hormonal changes that result in hair loss, especially for women. A woman's hair follicles and scalp are dependent on thyroid derived hormones for optimal health and growth.
- Pregnancy - Increased estrogen levels during pregnancy means that a larger percentage of hair follicles remain in the initial growth phase and do not fully develop. Following childbirth, the scalp sheds these excess hairs, resulting in thinning and excessive hair loss.
- Menopause - Like pregnancy, menopause changes the hormone balance in the body (decreased estrogen, for example), which can result in thinning and hair loss.
Some medicines may cause hormonal changes in the body, which may result in hair thinning and hair loss. These include blood thinners, cardiovascular medications, excessive Vitamin A supplements, birth control pills and antidepressants.
A lack of key vitamins, minerals and proteins in the diet can contribute to hair thinning and hair loss. To help save protein, the body shifts growing hair into the resting phase, resulting in hair shedding. Lack of key vitamins and minerals in the blood supply to the follicle as well as poor oxygenation of the blood (vital for production and retention of healthy hair growth) can cause malnourishment of the hair follicles.
Sebum is an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, which open out into the hair follicle. Sebum accumulates around the hair follicle, blocking and suffocating the follicle from sufficient blood supply and nourishment, causing hair loss. Excessive sebum production can also lead to the overproduction of DHT which causes the hair follicle to shrink and causing hair loss.