Hair Loss: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

To prevent hair loss, we should maintain healthy life habits, avoid the excessive use of irons and dryers, and use quality products for hair care.
Hair Loss: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Last update: 21 May, 2020

As you have undoubtedly already noticed, it is quite normal that you lose some hair whenever you wash it.

What you may not realize, however, is that constant loss of hair is not normal; that is to say, if every time you brush your hair you find yourself with a wad of hair or if you find lots of hair on your pillow each day.

If you are wondering what the possible causes of this constant hair loss could be, then this article will be of great use to you.

Possible causes of hair loss

Telogen effluvium

This condition is also sometimes known as alopecia and can be caused by various factors.

It commonly occurs, however, following pregnancy, major surgeries, weight-loss diets, particularly stressful periods or the consumption of certain medications; hair loss can then occur sometime between 6 weeks to 3 months following any of these events and the losses can be alarmingly considerable.

Hair loss is vey common

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Illnesses or hereditary causes

In many cases, hair loss occurs simply because your mother or father carries a gene that simply causes you not to produce as much hair; most people with this inconvenient condition will start to notice it before 20 years of age.

The best thing for people in this position to do would be to seek professional help as soon as the condition appears in order to start a good treatment as soon as possible and so hopefully slow the condition’s progression.


The vast majority of hyperthyroid patients are women. These women are most likely to struggle with hair loss problems since the thyroid gland is the one whose responsibility it is to regulate hair growth. To check and confirm that this is the cause, your doctor should recommend some tests whose results should help him choose the correct treatment for your hair loss problem.


About one and a half million people worldwide suffer from this disease and the majority are women. 

It is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to mistakenly attack healthy tissues. One of its symptoms is abundant hair loss and discomfort of the scalp, as well as fevers, pain, and swelling in the extremities, anemia, and chest pain.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

This is a problem that starts with an asymptomatic hormone imbalance and can start as early as 11 years of age when the ovaries begin to produce a lot of male hormones.

The most common symptom of this condition is an abundant loss of head hair, while there may simultaneously be abnormal excess hair on other parts of the body.

As you may have noticed, there are many different conditions that may cause hair loss – unfortunately, though, just knowing does not fix the problem. You need to get help as soon as possible.

Apart from knowing the causes and seeking help as soon as you can, you should follow the following recommendations for immediate and long-term results.

Brushing your help can make it frizzy

How can you prevent hair loss?

It is very important to stay well-hydrated since, as we all well know, a very large proportion of our bodies are composed of water.

Therefore, you should always try to consume enough water each day and hopefully by doing so can avoid, among other problems, hair loss.

Keeping up with healthy habits

To keep your mane healthy, it is important to keep a good diet, exercise, and sleep at least eight hours a day.

Get a good massage at least once a week

One thing that is very important for stimulating hair growth and avoiding hair loss is keeping the scalp healthy, which can be accomplished by getting regular massages with olive, jojoba, or coconut oil once a week at night.

Avoid hair styling tools that are harmful to the scalp and hair health

If you are struggling severe hair loss or you want to avoid the problem altogether, it is best to try to reduce the use of hair blow dryers and straighteners and/or curlers, as these tools can really dry out and mistreat your hair as well as your scalp.

Another important bit of advice that you can put into practice is not keeping your hair always in braids or ponytails, especially when it is wet.

It is best to leave your hair down for as much time as possible and to try to use only good-quality hair products.

Your shampoo and conditioner should contain the Vitamins A, B, C, and E; these will help you maintain thick and healthy hair and avoid hair loss.

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