• Stress: Extreme Physical or Mental Stress such as sudden or excessive weight loss, high fever, surgery, death in the family can cause temporary hair loss such as Alopecia Areata.
  • Inadequate Nutrition (Diet): A low-protein diet or severely calorie-restricted diet can also cause temporary hair loss.  Lack of balanced nutrients in the body such as low in iron, vitamin D deficiency, deficiencies of the amino acid lysine, copper, and zinc, etc. leads to temporary hair loss.
  • Family history (heredity): Genes from both male and female parents, may influence a person's predisposition to male or female pattern baldness.
  • Hormonal changes: such as abnormal levels of androgens (male hormones normally produced by both men and women), Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), Thyroid problems, Childbirth, Menopause, etc. can cause hair loss.
  • Certain hairstyles and treatments: Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles like pigtails or cornrows, can cause traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments, permanents, chemical straightening treatments can cause inflammation of hair follicles that leads to hair loss. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent.



  • Medical conditions and medications: Thyroid problems, Lupus, Diabetes, Prostate enlargement or cancer, Chemotherapy, Radiation on the head, Drugs like Alkylating agents, Anti-tumor antibiotics, Antimetabolites, etc. can cause hair loss.

Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.

​​The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it's usually related to one or more of the following factors: