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What Causes Baldness?

Although hair loss can be seen in men, women, and children, it is most common in adult men. Two-thirds of men will suffer from male pattern baldness by the time they turn 60, and for many men, the process starts even sooner. Although the progression of hair loss is genetic, baldness can be accelerated by many other factors.

1. Heredity or genetics

This is by far the most common cause of hair loss. Male-pattern baldness is passed down from parents and follows a pattern on the scalp. The age at which male-pattern baldness starts and its intensity is also influenced by genetics. All of these things also apply to female-pattern baldness, which is much rarer. This kind of hair loss is nearly impossible to reverse and hard to stop but can be slowed through a variety of methods.

2. Hormonal problems

Hormone imbalances can also cause your hair to fall out. A variety of factors can cause hormone imbalances, the most common being stress. Stress can cause a release of an excess amount of cortisol, a mediating hormone which keeps other hormones in check. Without enough cortisol, hair can begin rapidly thinning. To combat stress-related hormonal hair loss, be sure to exercise and meditate, both of which can keep cortisol levels at optimal levels.

3. Stress-heavy hairstyles

It’s not something that many people consider, but the way that you style your hair could be causing it to thin. Certain hairstyles put a lot of stress on the follicles and cause strands of hair to be pulled out by the root. If you style your hair in a ponytail, bun, or cornrows and have recently noticed your hairline thinning or receding, your first step should be to alter your hairstyle.

Hair loss can be a challenging experience. If you find your hair thinning or vanishing completely, the professionals at Hairline Ink can help. We specialize in scalp micropigmentation, a process that will restore the look of having a full head of hair. To learn more about scalp micropigmentation from a seasoned professional, call our offices today at (585) 250-0835!

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