Are You Losing A Lot Of Hair? Here Are 7 Possible Reasons Why

Why is my hair falling out?

It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness (more on that later).

But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing.

Reasons can range from the simple and temporary—a vitamin deficiency—to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.

In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause.

Here are some common and not-so-common reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head.

1.Protein deficiency

Hair is composed mainly of protein. Because of this, a protein deficiency in the body is partly responsible for hair weakness and loss.

This is due to the fact that the body starts to ration the small quantities of protein that are left. This stops growth and weakens the hair.

Advice:
To maintain healthy, thick hair and reduce loss, be sure to consume the following foods:

  • lean meat
  • seeds
  • nuts
  • dried fruit
  • legumes
  • avocados
  • dairy products
  • eggs

2.Physical stress

Any kind of physical trauma—surgery, a car accident, or a severe illness, even the flu—can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. Hair has a programmed life cycle: a growth phase, rest phase and shedding phase. “When you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, (pushing) more hair into the shedding phase.” Hair loss often becomes noticeable three-to-six months after the trauma.

What to do?

The good news is that hair will start growing back as your body recovers.

3.Excessive use of chemicals

Chemical cosmetic treatments are typically used to give a new look to hair or even to treat dryness and split ends.

The problem is that many of these products use harmful substances. After time, these cause irreversible damage that cause hair loss.

Hair dyes, treatments to bleach hair, and some shampoos tend to cause changes in both your hair and scalp.

What should you do?
Use masks and capillary treatments with natural ingredients.

4.Thyroid Conditions

Hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism can cause hair loss due to the changes in hormones that the thyroid causes.

These conditions manifest themselves in various changes in the body. If these changes are not addressed, they can cause severe consequences.

What should you do?
If you suspect these changes, consult your doctor for a blood test to measure what effects the thyroid may be causing to your hormones.

5.Anemia

Anemia occurs due to the lack of iron. This is a mineral that is essential to the production of red blood cells.

Having anemia is an indication that there is not sufficient hemoglobin, and because of this, it’s difficult to transport oxygen from the cells to the body.

One of the principal effects of anemia is hair loss, which will improve once the condition is treated.

What should you do?
Increase the consumption of foods rich in iron and adopt a recommended treatment by a specialist.

6.Ovarian poly cyst syndrome

For women, there are hormonal conditions that can cause hair loss.

Ovarian poly cyst syndrome is one of the conditions that provokes severe imbalances in hormone levels. This also causes weakening of the scalp and hair.

A woman with this affliction should be under the care of a physician since it can cause infertility.

What to do?
Consult a doctor about any hormone imbalance.
Acquire treatment to strengthen your hair to minimize the negative effects of this condition.

7.Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one example of the type of physical stress that can cause hair loss (that and hormones). Pregnancy-related hair loss is seen more commonly after your baby has been delivered rather than actually during pregnancy. “Giving birth is pretty traumatic.”

What to do?

If you do experience hair loss, rest assured that your hair will grow back in a couple of months. “It’s a normal thing and it will work its way out.”

 

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