Factors That Can Cause Hair Loss

People shed hair every day, but it goes unnoticed because new hair is growing at the same time. The occurrence of hair loss is when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue. But what factors cause hair loss?

At DHI Manchester, our specialists are on hand to restore and prevent further hair loss damage. However, the most important thing is recognising the factors that can cause this hair loss to begin with:


Hereditary-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. This natural condition is caused by a combination of genetics and hormone levels which are inherited from either the mother or the father. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the hormone that stimulates hair growth but, for people who suffer from hair loss are sensitive to this hormone in their scalp follicles. This results in thinner or shorter hairs growing, with the growth eventually stopping completely.

Health Conditions

There are some health conditions that can contribute to hair loss. It can be brought on from the result of chemotherapy when being treated for cancer, or occur in those who may be suffering from alopecia. Other health conditions include:

  • Thyroid problems – This is a common cause of scattered hair loss. Hyperthyroidism, the overactive thyroid, and the hypothyroidism, underactive thyroid, can cause hair loss.
  • Lupus – This is where hair becomes brittle and can fall out in patches.
  • Trichotillomania – This condition involves someone feeling compelled to pull their hair out.


Stress and Pregnancy

Stress is one cause of hair loss in men and women and can be brought on by numerous factors. For women, this can be brought on by pregnancy. However, it shouldn’t cause permanent hair loss, and generally lasts about three to four months after delivery.

Dramatic and sudden weight loss is also a cause that can result in the thinning of the hair. The weight loss can cause stress to your body, and the lack of vitamins and minerals can bring on this hair loss.

Types of Hairstyles

There are many causes of hair loss which can be avoided, and avoiding certain hairstyles is definitely one of them. From wearing certain hairstyles to over styling your hair, there are certain things to avoid doing.

  • Buns – The tight pulling motion of the roots used to create the bun hairstyle can cause traction alopecia.
  • Ponytails – One of the most common causes of alopecia through the pulling of the hair follicles.
  • Hair tugging – The persistent pulling of the hair can also lead to traction alopecia. This can also be caused by hair extensions and braising the hair.

There are many factors contributing to hair loss, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Our female hair restoration and male hair restoration treatments implement the most advanced hair transplantation techniques available, with a 97% follicle survival rate.

If you are interested in booking one of our treatments, get in touch with a member of our team today by calling 0161 839 3769, or by emailing info@dhimcr.co.uk and we will be happy to offer you more information.