Medical researchers with the help of physician’s observations have learned that slow hair growth is associated with many causes in children, women and men. Some of these underlying causes are very easy to fix; but others require medical treatment. Unusually slow hair growth is cause for concern and should be taken seriously. Below are five reasons for this condition.
1. Chronic vitamin deficiency is a common cause world wide for slow hair growth. This is seen in poor neighborhoods in the U.S, Canada and the U.K., as well as in third world countries where there is difficulty balancing the nutritional needs. The condition may be the first of several signals that other medical issues are on the horizon. Rickets, Chronic Anemia and Diabetes are some examples.
2. High levels of stress is a confirmed cause of slow hair growth. Stress comes in a variety of formats. Some types of stress related to slow growth include workaholics and high achievers. People who strive for perfection are prone to this condition, as well. Additionally, recent studies indicate that people who live in demanding, controlling or abusive situations display retarded hair growth. Usually, if this is severe, emotional or mental counseling is effective to reverse the symptoms.
3. Hypothyroidism is typically found as an underlying cause of slow hair growth in children. Other symptoms include retarded physical growth that is well below the norm expected for the age of the child; and, slowing of understanding common words and concepts for the age. Sometimes, this can be a symptom of mental retardation. The only way to know if your child does have this problem is to see your pediatrician; and, ask if this is a possibility.
4. Alopecia is the most common known factor for slow hair growth. This disease is seen in both men and women and has many forms to it. Women, more than men, notice that their hair is growing more slowly than it used to. Men notice it when thinning spots appear on the crown of the head or fuzzy hairs take the place of strong thicker hair. So far, researchers have concluded that the cause is related to a gene that is unable to communicate with other genes that direct the cycle of hair growth.
5. Genetic or hereditary baldness in men and women presents with slow hair growth because of an increase in a hormone that inhibits the messaging of hair receptors. This hormone is called DHT.
In both of the last two causes, medications on the market and in pipeline research are quite effective for stopping and reversing the effects of slow hair growth.