What causes hair loss?

Do you ever think, “Am I losing my hair?” after a shower or looking at your hairbrush? You're not alone if you worry about too much hair down the drain or clinging to your brush. Many guys go through this stage thinking about the beginning stages of hair loss.

Let's take a look at some of the most common causes of male hair loss below.

Male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness, often called androgenetic alopecia by a doctor, is the most common hair loss cause in men. This happens as a result of changes in the body. This refers to the androgenic steroid DHT, which is produced as a byproduct of testosterone. DHT affects the quality and integrity of hair follicles.

Although you may not notice symptoms until later, this disease begins in your twenties or thirties. By the age of 50, almost half of men have hair loss.

A receding hairline is one of the earliest indicators of hair loss. You can also lose hair due to alopecia areata, which appears as a bald area around the crown of your head.

Hair loss due to stress

Excessive stress in your life can also cause hair loss. Stress-related hair loss is known as telogen effluvium and is less common than male pattern baldness. If there has been a traumatic incident in your life or you have been under a lot of physical or psychological stress for a long time, you may see signs of hair loss. It can start as a result of a single event or emotional problems, surgery or illness.

Instead of showing signs of male pattern baldness, this type of hair loss affects your entire head at once. When your hair falls out as a result of telogen effusion, your entire head of hair appears thinner and less healthy than before.

Nutritional deficiencies

Telogen effluvium may occur not only in stressful situations. This can also cause hair loss malnutrition or other nutritional disorders. Crash diets and eating disorders are the most common causes of diet-related telogen effusion. This can occur as a result of rapid weight loss or because stress has stopped you from eating as much as you should.

Hair loss can be a sign that you are not getting enough nutrients in your diet. Iron, zinc, vitamin D, and biotin are specific vitamins and minerals associated with hair development. If you don't get enough of it in your diet, you will notice that your hair falls out quickly.


Hair loss is an adverse effect of certain medications. These prescription and over-the-counter medications alter the hair growth cycle, causing more hair to fall out than it grows.

Cancer treatment is the most common cause of hair loss. However, it can also happen with medicines used to treat heart disease and high blood pressure. Blood thinners, beta blockers, anticonvulsants, amphetamines, antithyroid drugs, and oral retinoids are other examples of such treatments.

Medical condition

Medical problems such as drugs and stress can also cause hair loss. Diabetes, thyroid disease, anemia and lupus are some of the most common health problems associated with hair loss. Autoimmune diseases can cause alopecia areata, a condition in which the body's immune system attacks hair follicles. Rather than recognizing male pattern baldness, such loss is often spherical and uneven.

Hair care accessories

Did you know that the care and styling products you use can cause hair loss? Most of these items are completely safe. On the other hand, some shampoos, hair color products, chemicals, and styling products can actually harm your scalp and hair. This one hair loss is usually only transient. When you stop using harmful products, natural hair growth usually returns.

Learn more about hair loss causes and hair loss treatments

If you are worried about hair loss, it is best to consult with hair restoration specialist. A doctor who specializes in hair loss and restoration therapies can assess your problem and provide treatment to restore the appearance of new, healthy thicker hair.

dr. Andrejs Milčevskis, a hair restoration expert in Latvia, offers various treatment options, including:

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Hair transplant

Other procedures

Schedule an in-person or WhatsApp meeting With Rubenhair clinicians to understand the source of hair loss and explore different treatment options. Call us by phone +371 267 777 76.