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Are You Losing Your Hair? Here are Nine Reasons Why It Might Be Happening
by April Maguire
Sadly, most of us will experience hair loss at some point in our lives. Yes, although hair loss is thought of as a problem that only men experience, more than 50% of women over the age of 50 also have a noticeable amount of thinning or loss. Unfortunately, many different factors could be causing your hair to fall out. Here are nine of the most common.
Far and away, the most common cause of hair loss is simply your genes. Androgenetic alopecia, AKA male/female-pattern baldness, occurs when follicles shut down and stop producing new hairs, resulting in thinning and eventually baldness. While there may be no way to stop it, there are topical remedies, such as Rogaine, that can help.
No, living with daily stress isn't likely to cause your hair to fall out, but acute emotional stress, such as the loss of a loved one, can cause your hair cycle to shut down. Fortunately, the situation usually corrects itself over time.
A number of different styling techniques can cause hair loss. For example, the heat from a blowdryer or a straightener can damage your follicles, as can wearing your hair in tight braids or weighing it down with extensions.
Are you crash-dieting to lose weight? If so, your hair may be paying the price. Since your hair is non-essential tissue, your body doesn't prioritize giving it vitamins and nutrients. So when there's not enough to go around, your hair will start to thin.
Protein is an essential element in the formation of hair. If you're not consuming enough of it, then your body won't have the resources it needs to keep regrowing your lovely locks.
An iron deficiency in your blood can also trigger hair loss. Other symptoms of anemia include chronic fatigue, dizziness and cold extremities. If you suffer from any of these, you may want your doctor to perform a blood test to check for anemia.
Believe it or not, there is a condition called alopecia areata wherein your immune system begins attacking your own hair follicles. Typically this hair loss occurs in small circular patches which are unlike other types of hair loss.
If your thyroid gland is underactive, then your body can't properly regulate the metabolism in its system. As a result, you can experience hair loss.
As you get into your 60s and 70s, your hair might start to fall out as a natural side effect of aging. With this type of hair loss, there typically is no recourse you can take.
With so many contributing factors, it can be difficult to nail down the cause of hair loss. Fortunately, however, once you identify the cause, you can usually take steps to reverse it.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!