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Most common causes of hair loss

Hair loss may happen because many factors. If you know why you are losing hair, it may be easier for you to find a solution for the problem. Let’s find out and know more about the most common causes of hair loss.

Physical stress

If you have been through any physical stress recently, including surgery, an accident, severe illness, flu or anything similar, it can result in temporary hair loss. Such causes can start a type of hair loss known as telogen effluvium. Your head has a definite life cycle which includes a growth phase, rest phase and shedding phase. If you undergo any stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle and force more hair into the shedding phase. Such losses will be noticeable only 3 to 6 months after the trauma.

Hypothyroidism

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism, you may suffer from hair loss problem. Hypothyroidism happens due to underactive thyroid gland which is located in your neck. It is very critical for your metabolism and growth and development and lack of it will result in hair loss problem for many people.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be another physical stress which can result in hair loss. It is more commonly seen after the baby has been delivered. The birth process is traumatic and it can result in hair loss.

Heredity

Heredity can play a big role in deciding whether you will have hair loss problem or not. Female pattern hair loss which is known as androgenic or androgenetic alopecia is very similar to male pattern baldness. If your family has it, it is very likely that you will also have it. Generally women don’t have a receding hairline but their part may widen and they also may have noticeable thinning of hair.

Emotional stress

Many people suffer from hair loss problem because of emotional stress in their lives. Due to different conditions that put emotional stress on people like death of a loved one, divorce, depression, frustration etc. people may start losing hair. If there is a hair problem already existed before the emotional stress, the stress will exacerbate the problem.

Lack of protein

If you are not getting enough protein in your diet, it can also result in hair loss. It happens because your body will start rationing protein by shutting down hair growth. The effect will be seen 2 to 3 months after the reduction in protein happens. So, you need to ensure that you are getting the necessary protein from the important sources like fish, meat and eggs or vegetable protein sources.

More vitamin A

If you are consuming more vitamin A than necessary, then also you may suffer from hair loss problem. You should not consume more than 5000 International Units (IU) of vitamin A every day. If you are consuming any medicine that contains more vitamin A, then also you may suffer from hair loss problem. A vitamin supplement may contain 2500 to 10,000 IU. That is why, you should be very careful.

Male pattern baldness

this is something that happens in case of males. Two out of three men may experience hair loss by age 60 due to male pattern baldness. It is a hair loss which happens due to genes and male sex hormones. This hair loss problem will generally follow a pattern in which the hair recedes at the temples. It is easily recognizable from its classic M shaped hairline. There are different medicines available for this problem which will help you to control this.

References

1. Hair Loss Black Book
2. Hair Loss
3. Diet and hair loss