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Hair Loss In Men: Daily Habits That Could Be Leading To It

Hair loss can be an outcome of different lifestyle factors. Here’s what the dermatologist wants you to know

Tenzin Chodon
Written by: Tenzin ChodonUpdated at: May 10, 2023 09:00 IST
Hair Loss In Men: Daily Habits That Could Be Leading To It

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Hair loss has become a major dermatological issue. Young or old, men or women, everyone has experienced hair loss at a certain point in their lives. In fact, data published by Traya, a holistic hair loss solution start up, suggests 9 out of 10 Indians suffer from genetic hair fall. Another study conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), found that 42% men suffered from moderate to extensive hair loss. It revealed that the proportion increased with increasing age, ranging from 16% for men aged 18-29 to 53% of men aged 40-49. 

Speaking with the OnlyMyHealth editorial team, Dr Nivedita Dadu, Renowned Dermatologist, Founder and Chairman of Dadu Medical Centre, shares some of the common causes of hair loss in men. 

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Common Causes Of Hair Loss In Men

According to Mayo Clinic, hair loss can occur in any. However,  it is said to be more prevalent in men. Some of the common causes of hair loss include:

  • A hereditary condition of hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia
  • Hormonal changes and medical conditions, such as alopecia areata
  • Medications and supplements used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure, as per Mayo Clinic
  • Stress 
  • Hairstyles and treatments

Daily Habits That Could Lead To Hair Loss

Dr Dadu says, “Hair loss is a common concern among men, and there are certain daily habits or mistakes that can contribute to it.” These include: 

  • Using harsh hair products
  • Not washing hair regularly
  • Over-styling
  • Not getting enough nutrients
  • Experiencing stress
  • Smoking
  • Not getting enough sleep

Who Is At Risk?

Hair loss may manifest itself differently in different people. Some people may suffer from gradual thinning on top of head, others may develop circular or patchy bald spots, then there are those who have full body hair loss, which is often a result of medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer. While everyone can experience hair damage, hair fall or hair loss, some people may be more at risk. Common risk factors include:

  • A family history of balding on your mother's or father's side
  • Age
  • Significant weight loss
  • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and lupus
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition

Hair-Care Tips To Follow

It's important for men to recognize the habits that can damage their hair and lead to hair loss. By adopting healthy habits and avoiding common mistakes, men can minimise their risk of hair loss and promote healthy hair growth, stresses Dr Dadu. Some hair loss prevention tips include:

  • Use gentle hair products
  • Wash hair regularly
  • Avoid over-styling 
  • Avoid using heat devices
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Manage stress
  • Quit smoking
  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Manage any scalp health issues like dandruff

In addition, Dr Dadu recommends consulting a dermatologist as they can determine the best treatment plan for your specific hair loss problems. According to the doctor, treatment options include topical or oral medications and hair transplant surgery.