What are the Main Causes behind thinning Hair and Baldness


Most people prefer visiting hair transplant clinic in Abu Dhabi for hair loss treatments but very few of them are aware of the causes associated with it. Shedding about 50 to 100 hairs a day is perfectly normal. This amount of hair loss is barely noticeable as new hairs are growing at the same time, as the hair is sheds.  Hair loss occurs as a result of disruption of hair loss cycles. When hair begins to shed excessively, more hair is in resting phase than growing phase. This is an alarming situation but why does it happens in the first place? There are hundreds of different causes which trigger hair loss. The most common culprits behind hair fall are:

  • Family history of hair loss (could be maternal or paternal side of the family)
  • Hormonal changes in an individual’s body
  • Medical conditions such as cancer
  • Use of various medications
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Harsh chemicals/ excessive heat

Let’s discuss these causes one by one:

Hereditary hair loss

One of the most common types of causes of hair fall is hereditary. It is commonly known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. It does not show its effects over night. Hair sheds gradually as a result of hereditary hair loss. In men, it usually begins from hair line at make its way up to the crown area while women experience over all thinning. Hereditary hair loss can occur at any stage in an individual’s life span. The ideal thing to do in this scenario is to visit hair transplant clinic in Abu Dhabi and get an expert opinion.

Hormonal hair loss

Hormonal changes in an individual’s body can result in hair loss. Most common causes of hormonal imbalances include child birth, pregnancy, irregular menstrual cycle and menopause.  Thyroid gland can also have a negative impact on hormones. For hormone induced hair loss, it is better to cure the underlying problem and then take additional measures to treat hair loss.

Alopecia areata

This type of hair loss is caused by a strange behavior demonstrated by immune system of an individual. This hair loss usually occurs in patches. Alopecia areata occurs because a body’s immune system begins to attack hair follicles. Reasons of alopecia areata are still unknown. It is better to visit hair transplant clinic in Abu Dhabi as soon as you notice a bald patch. With alopecia areata, you can go from a full head of hair to being bald in a matter of month.

Scalp infections

Scalp infections can also trigger hair loss. Ring worm, dandruff and other scalp infections are responsible for hair loss. It is better to take proper care of your scalp, ensure that you are cleaning and moisturizing it properly. You can also visit a trichologist so that he/she can examine your scalp in detail and devise a suitable solution for you.

Skin conditions/disorders

Skin conditions like lupus and eczema can weaken hair follicles and increase the chances of hair loss. It is vital to treat the skin conditions first and hair loss will most likely take care of itself.  Visit a dermatologist in the first place and visit hair transplant clinic afterwards if your still need it.


It is commonly known as hair pulling disorder. People suffering from trichotillomania have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair. They pull out their hair from the body, scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes. It has no direct connection with any underlying medical condition. It is a psychological disorder which has to be cured by a psychologist.


If you are under any certain medications for diseases, such as depression, cancer, arthritis, heart problems and high blood pressure. Not all of the people are affected by these medications, but they can still trigger hair loss in some individuals.

Other reasons

Other causes might include:

  • Excessive use of heat might promote hair loss.
  • Bleaching hair and using other chemical treatments can also have adverse effects on your hair.
  • Crash diets-poor nutrition is one of the main causes of hair loss, especially in women.
  • Iron deficiency – it hinders oxygen flow to the scalp.
  • Any traumatic event- any traumatic event that can put your body in a stress inducing situation can cause hair fall.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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