Hair Loss Causes

Is your hair falling out in the shower? Hair loss (baldness) is believed to be genetic. While the majority believe it to be passed down through your mother’s grandfather, Bosley believes this to be untrue.

According to research, the baldness genes are passed down through both, mother’s and father’s side of the family. This gene will affect the hair constitution of both, females and male family members.

It may also be that the balding gene can skip a few generations, and show up suddenly in unsuspecting family members down the line.

It is also true that siblings can be affected by hair loss in different proportions, with one experiencing next to no hair loss whatsoever, while the other having their hair falling out in clumps.

Other Causes of Hair Loss

Traction alopecia

This type of baldness results from the excessive force applied to the hair through various ways. Most commonly experienced by people with ponytails, who brush too strongly, or use heat styling.


This type of hair loss is caused by a disorder wherein there is an obsessive need to pull and bend the hair.

Alopecia areata (spot baldness)

This is categorized as an autoimmune disorder. There are two types depending on how widespread it is. If the hair loss is just in one location, it is called Alopecia areata monolocularis. If it is widespread and affects every hair in the body, it is referred to as Alopecia areata universalis.

Cicatricial alopecia

This type of loss belongs to a group of rare diseases that have a destructive effect on hair follicles. Symptoms may include serious itching, stinging and a burning sensation.


Hormonal imbalances such as an under-active thyroid, combined with the aftereffects of taking regulating medication, can lead to frontal hair loss.

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