Top Causes of Hair Loss in Men

Losing hair is a grim reality for many men – and what’s more is that it often gets written off as “that’s how it goes” or traced to family members who are also balding. Some men lose confidence and feel helpless as their lovely locks land on the bathroom floor.

However, while hair loss is often hereditary, it’s not always the only cause of follicle fallout. There could be health and dietary factors that contribute to the rate of balding, some of which can be prevented or slowed down with a few lifestyle changes. Here are seven of the most common culprits behind male hair loss…

Tight Hairstyles

Some men are still really into the ponytail, the combed-back look, or the “man bun” which has made a recent resurgence. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a unique hairstyle, ones that put stress on your hair (pulled back) can actually cause hair loss, according to AskMen.

AskMen notes that tight braids (including cornrows and dreadlocks) are also a hair-loss culprit, with these types of hairstyles causing recession of the hairline rather than patchy hair loss. So while you might look great now, you may want to consider another style for a while to give your hairline a break. The medical term for this is called “traction alopecia.”

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Jeff Hayward

Jeff Hayward

Jeff has more than 15 years of experience writing professionally about health, travel and the arts among other subjects. He continuously looks to improve his own overall health through exercise, diet and mindfulness. He is also a proud stay-at-home dad that loves taking photographs both professionally and as a hobby.

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