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What are the Factors Causing Baldness in Males

While taking morning bath, people must have seen that there is a bunch of hairs that come out during the shower and eventually down the drain. The hair fall in bunches will lead to baldness, therefore it is important to find the solution before it becomes late. Baldness among male is more than women, so here are some of the facts due to which baldness occurs:

Lifestyle and External Factors - Causes of Male Hair Loss

There are many factors that cause male baldness which includes today’s lifestyle such as diet, smoking, and stress. Some other external factors that cause hair loss include pollution, sun exposure and hair products such as bleaching or dyeing. To understand how lifestyle and external factors are causing bad hair fall in men are as follows:


Diet is one of the important factors that play a vital role in hair loss. If people don’t have the rich diet, then it certainly leads to hair loss. Not having a rich or balanced diet will not lead to a severe extent of hair loss, but junk food which comprises of high saturated fat, sugar, and salt with low nutrients affects the body shape but the health of your hair as well. Other than the junk food, an inadequate intake of certain vitamin or mineral can impact the hair growth which later leads to hair loss.


Dieting and crash dieting are other factors that bring a bad impact over healthy hairs. While following the diet chart, a person reduces the calorie intake in order to achieve rapid weight loss which leads to high risk of depleting vital nutrients which are essential for healthy hair and the end result is dryness, lifeless or damaged hairs.

There are a range of healthy foods which are good for body and hair health

  • Poultry such as chicken and turkey
  • Fish
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lean red meat
  • Fresh vegetables including cabbage, spinach, and broccoli
  • Fresh fruit, including berries, apples, bananas, and oranges
  • Dairy products such as milk, eggs, and cheese

It is important to have these healthy ranges of foods to maintain a balanced diet.


We all are aware of diverse effects of smoking that how it creates a wide range of health problems but nowadays, doctors have also found that smoking is one of the reasons for hair loss. Smoking not only involves in creating problems of lung cancer, heart disease, strokes but it also affects the circulation in the body but impacts upon blood flow to the hair follicles. Hair follicles require a steady supply of oxygen and some other essential nutrients for proper growth, but if these are disrupted in any way then hair growth will be equally affected. Smoking not only restricts but also damages the blood flow to the follicles which impacts the hair growth/loss cycle and leads to hair loss. Smoking also leads to grey hairs, so people who have a good diet along with the smoke also falls in the same category.


Stress is one of the major issues in the western world which is causing hair fall. It is quite difficult to diagnose and treat, but some evidence is found by the doctors that it is causing the hair loss which leads to baldness in men. Chronic periods of stress like losing the job or moving house are some of the causes that lead to hair fall. Though it is short time stress, as it a continuous stress for some time, therefore, the body produces hormones such as cortisol and noradrenaline in response to periods of stress which affect the hair growth/loss cycle. These hormones cause the hair follicles to enter the resting stage of the cycle which prevents new hair growth and it leads to baldness.


The environmental factor which includes pollution can lead to hair loss. The cars that exhaust fumes which affect protein formation (keratins) in the hair structure which leads to weaker and easily damaged hair and only the city people face such problem due to environmental factor because there is more use of transport in the city than in villages or small towns. The pollution increases the risk of weaker hair fall. It can also create pattern baldness in men.

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