Lesser Known Causes of Hair Loss

Alopecia or baldness refers to hair loss from some parts of the body, typically the head. It mainly occurs in males and sometimes in females too, but the chances of females are far less than males. It is usually in the genetics of a man or caused by male sex hormones, but the cause in females is unclear.

The other less known causes for alopecia or baldness, without inflammation or scarring, are

  • Pulling out of hair
  • Chemotherapy
  • Malnutrition
  • Iron deficiency

Conditions of alopecia:

Alopecia can exist in three different conditions, which may be:

  • Alopecia areata (hair loss in patches)
  • Alopecia totalis (complete hair loss on the scalp)
  • Alopecia universalis (complete hair loss on the body)

Not everyone loses all of the hair on the scalp or body, it happens to just 5% of the people.

Causes of hair loss:

Hair loss can have many causes and most are discussed in various articles. Following are the less discussed causes of hair loss explained in detail:

Pulling out of hair:

It is called traction alopecia. It happens when the hair of the body is pulled on a regular basis. This happens to the people who frequently wear their hair in ponytails, pigtails, braids or cornrows. The braiding patterns pull the hairline forcefully towards the vertex of the scalp, which weakens the hair follicles, causes traction alopecia. It is more common among the women in Africa America, as they wear their hair tightly pulled back. It also causes scarring.


Chemotherapy is the treatment for cancer patients. In which they are injected with drugs or intracellular poisons that inhibit the cell division. Although it prevents the growth of cancer cells in the body, it also damages other cells of the body and weakens the hair follicles that results in hair loss.


HIV is a virus that leads to AIDS. The virus interferes with the immune system increasing the risk of developing common infections like tuberculosis. The medication for this causes thinning of hair that eventually leads to hair loss.


Also known as an underactive thyroid. It is an endocrine system disorder in which the production of thyroid hormone is limited. It causes hair loss which involves the entire scalp. The hair appears uniformly sparse.


Malnutrition is one of the most common causes but one of the least paid attention to. Hair grows with the help of nutrients in our bloodstream. Vitamins and minerals keep the scalp healthy and prevent hair follicles from thinning. A proper and healthy diet is very important for the body to be nourished and kept in good shape.

 Iron is one of the most important sources of hair pigmentation. Unhealthy/poor diet and iron deficiency can turn into hair loss and also loss of pigmentation.

 Hair loss is certainly not a choice, but steps can be taken to ensure that your look does not fade away.

Scalp Micropigmentation:

Scalp Micropigmentation is a tested and effective treatment that successfully restores your look. It can handle a receding hairline, thinning of hair, bald patches, and even complete baldness. SMP deals with baldness through the injected pigmentation in your head so that any patch of baldness or even thin hair is not visible anymore and you feel confident going in the public and not shy of your looks. No matter what conditions your hair has been through, SMP makes sure to help you keep your head high and personality intact.