10 Common Possible Causes of Hair Loss

From a balanced diet to stressful situations: hair can fall out for different reasons. We should recognize them in order to deal with hair loss appropriately if it happens to us
10 Common Possible Causes of Hair Loss

Last update: 30 January, 2018

Every time you take a shower, you worry that you might go bald…and we won’t even get you started on the hair stuck on your brush. However, there are clear causes of hair loss that you can become aware of.

While it’s normal to loose a few strands of hair, it stops being “okay” when we see clumps of hair on the shower floor, brush or pillow.

In today’s article, we’re going to talk about some of the reasons why hair might be falling out.

When is it normal to loose hair?

It might be devastating for some people to lose hair. However, we should know that it’s not always a “bad” thing that we have to stress over.

It’s actually normal to lose anywhere between 50 to 100 strands a day.

Loosing hair is physiological as hair passes through different phases: growth, intermediate and shedding. Understanding the phases, we should understand that when hair falls out from the scalp, it’s “leaving room” for new, healthy hair.

This swap is natural and, in most cases, the fallen hairs are recuperated or replaced.

In addition, we should also keep in mind that certain times of the year may see more hair or less hair loss. As an illustration, we lose more hair at the beginning of fall.

What we should be worried about and take measures against isn’t the amount of hair that’s left on our brush, but rather, what our scalp looks like.

For example, if there are “bald spots” where hair isn’t growing or if there’s a visibly reduced density of hair strands, we should start worrying.

Why does hair fall out? More reasons

Aside from normal hair loss or seasonal factors, we should remember that there are some factors that increase hair loss:

1. Poor diet

Restrictive diets, skipping meals (especially breakfast) and eating too quickly are one of the main causes of hair loss and other health consequences.

A poor diet impacts both our inner- and outer-health, which is why we might also suffer from darkened complexion and weak nails.

2. Anemia

Iron deficiency in our bloodstream can also lead to hair loss. 

During menstruation, women often lack iron and might loose more hair. People who suffer from anemia experience something similar.

3. Pharmaceutical drug use

Hair loss is among the side-effects of many pharmaceutical drugs and medications. Pay close attention, especially if your drugs contain beta-blockers, heparin, amphetamine or L-DOPA.

4. Chemical use

Many times doing “everything to our hair” has negative consequences for it. This even includes overusing balding treatments.

Certain products, like dyes or chemical straighteners, contain harmful ingredients for our health (including ammonia) that weaken hair follicles and make them fall out faster.

If you’re losing a lot of hair, you might want to think about quitting the dye or gradually let off.

5. Hormonal changes

In addition to the iron deficiency that occurs in menstruation, we also need to add that during the menstruation cycle, hormones are “revolutionized” and can have a toll on our scalp.

The same thing can be said for the following situations as well: pregnancy, giving birth, menopause and even in the cases of some illnesses or treatment where hormone levels are altered (for example, fertility treatments).

6. Thyroid problems

When the thyroid gland isn’t working as it should and functions slower than normal, there are a lot of impacts on our health.

One of those impacts is hair loss. However, thyroid complications don’t lead to “bald spots” in specific areas but rather, all over hair loss.

You might see hair strands on the shower floor, on your brush or pillow.

7. Stress

Every day issues, obligations, work accumulation, abrupt changes… they all can cause stress. Stress can bring about various consequences such as hair loss.

Hair loss can even occur months after the stressful time period or situation. We might notice more loose hair strands when we have to take on additional responsibilities (like an end of the year financial report) or important event (moving, weddings…).

8. Being too rough

Hair needs to be treated a certain way to avoid falling out.

If we often do tight hairstyles using clips and hair-ties, if we use a hair-straighter or blow-drier or if we sleep with our hair in a ponytail, it’s very probable that our hair’ll be damaged and weak.

Adding on, be careful about using plastic brushes with sharp, tightly-packed bristles because they damage hair and pull out strands with every stroke.

9. Depression

You might not believe it, but feelings of anguish, depression or low self-esteem also take a toll on our physical and aesthetic health.

Many hair-related issues are often caused triggered by a trauma or an emotional pain that we haven’t overcome.

10. Time of the year

Though we might have evolved considerably from our ancestral primates, we still have some things in common.

It’s the body’s natural reaction to adapt to its surrounding climate changes.

You’ll see the process happening in your pet: they might shed more hair during some seasons, but there’s no need to apply a treatment to prevent it.

By shedding, they’ll stay cool in summer and warm in winter. The human body has a similar system.

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