Sometimes you might be asking yourself or your friend why your hair is falling out. Well we are going to be looking at 20 of those reasons why people’s hair break.
When men lose their hair, there is no much worry about it because it is expected that men are more likely to lose their hair than women.
But just like men, thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women. There are various reasons why a person can lose their hair and it can range from vitamin deficiency to underlying health conditions.
It all depends on cases but there are different ways of treating both male of female hair loss. The cause of the hair loss determines the kind of treatment it receives. But before then, let us take a look at the causes of hair loss.
The life cycle of the hair has three phases and they are the growth phase, the rest phase and the shedding phase. Any form of stressful event like a surgery, a car accident, even a severe illness or one as minor as a flu can send a shock to the hair cycle, causing some to go into shedding phase.
The good news is that your hair can return back to normal and grow once your body recovers.
Pregnancy can add to another form of physical stress which can lead to hair loss. Hair loss is also very common after birth than when pregnant, this is because, giving birth can be quite traumatic to the woman.
But because you lost your hair due to child bearing does not mean that it will not grow back. Normal growth usually comes back after a couple of months after child birth.
Taking excess vitamin A:
When you overdo medication that contains vitamin A and thereby causing an excess of it in the body, it can lead to hair loss. This form of hair loss is quite reversible once the excess vitamin A intake is halted. The normal dosage for vitamin A supplement is 5,000 IU for adults and for children in can between contain 2,500 to 10,000 I. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)
Lack of protein can cause hair loss:
When you do not consume enough protein that your body needs, your body can begin to ration protein thereby denying hair growth the required amount of protein it needs. This is usually visible after two to three months of protein shortage in the body and can be reversed by eating foods that are great sources of protein.
Genetic and hormonal reasons:
It is normal for men to begin to loss hair about the time they turn 60. This is known as male-pattern baldness. This can be caused by both hormonal and genetic reasons. To cure this, you can make use of creams minoxidil (Rogaine) or oral medications like finasteride (Propecia). This can cure and halt hair loss and even encourage hair to grow.
Just like men, women have their own female-patter hair loss. Therefore, if you come from a family where women get to start losing their hair at a certain age, then you are most likely to experience the same thing.
Women can benefit like men from the use of minoxidil (Rogaine) which is available over the counter and approved for women that experience this form of hair loss.
Just like women can experience hair loss when they are pregnant, they can also experience it when they switch to birth control pills or go off it. It is likely noticeable in women with family history of hair loss.
The hormonal changes that take place in the body of women can be a serious contributing factor to hair loss. When you notice hair loss when you start a new medication or stopped taking one, you should talk to your doctor for proper advice.
Emotional stress is most likely to cause hair loss than physical stress. And this is the case when a woman experience divorce, death of a loved one and any situation that can cause emotional stress.
The only way to deal with this case is to try and reduce any form of stress and anxiety, either by talking to a therapist or by doing a little bit of exercise.
This is another cause of hair loss and it is due to iron deficiency in the body. With proper medical diagnosis, one can get to know is anemia is the cause of their hair loss and this can be combated with the use of iron supplements.
Vitamin B deficiency:
Though it is very uncommon, the deficiency of vitamin B can lead to hair loss and can be combated with vitamin B supplements. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin B like fish, vegetables and non-citrus fruits can also help.
Autoimmune-related hair loss:
When you have an over-active immune system, they might view the hair as a foreign body and attack it by mistake. Consult your doctor for treatment when you observe an unusual hair loss.
Doctors can test to determine this case which has to do with having an underactive thyroid gland. This gland is responsible for metabolism and for growth and development. This is why when they are not active, can lead to hair loss.
There are medications your doctors can offer you to return your thyroid gland back to normal and once they are back to normal, your hair growth should return back to normal.
This is another form of hair loss that can happen as a result if an over active immune systems. The difference between lupus and others is that its damage to hair loss is a permanent one. The only solution after treatment is to seek for ways to camouflage the damage done to the hair.
Dramatic weight loss:
Whether the weight loss is for good or for bad, sudden weight loss can lead to hair loss which can last for about six months before the body adjusts to the new weight and return back to normal growth.
The stress that the body experience as the cause of the weight loss, be it exercise or eating disorders can cause hair loss.
The drugs that are used in chemotherapy are used to target rapidly dividing cells and hair cells happen to fall into that category. This is why chemotherapy can lead to hair loss. But the good news is that your hair should come back to normal after the chemotherapy is over but this time it might have different color and texture.
Polycystic ovary syndrome:
This is another imbalance in male and female sex hormones and among many other symptoms that can result from this imbalance, hair thinning is among them. And treating to correct this imbalance can help your hair grow back normally. Methods of treatment include diet, exercise, and some treatments on infertility and diabetes.
Antidepressants, blood thinners, and more:
There are some medications one can take that may lead to hair thinning and breakage. Some of those drugs are known as beta blockers and they can be used as blood thinners or blood pressure drugs. They are other known drugs that can lead to hair breakage. All you need to do when you notice hair breakage after starting a medication is to consult your doctor to indentify which drugs is causing it so as to find an alternative.
Styling and treatment of hair is a beauty activity that can be carried out for years and after those years, your hair can begin to break and fall out. There are some styling and hair relaxers and harsh chemicals that are used to treat your hair and this can cause your hair to break over a period of time.
To avoid this scenario, try to heat driven products not more than once a week. After every shampoo, ensure that you apply conditioner. This will delay and limit the amount of time it takes for the curling iron to come in contact with your hair.
It is quite normal for women in their 50s and 60s to start experiencing hair loss and thinning. Though researchers are still trying to finding out why this is so but until then, women can use styling and wigs to cover up those thin spots. And apart from that, they are so many tricks that women in the 50s can learn to prevent hair breakage and loss.