Losing Your Hair? There’s a Reason
Most of us lose from 50 to 100 hairs a day, which is normal. This may seem like a lot but new hair is growing in all the time so you won’t notice any thinning. Hair loss, then, happens when the normal cycle of hair loss/hair growth is somehow interrupted or when a hair follicle is damaged and scar tissue grows over the follicle.
The exact reasons for hair loss may not be completely determined but there are several factors associated with significant loss of hair:
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to do much about this. Genetics is by far the most common reason for your hair loss and is usually referred to as male or female-pattern baldness. You’ll know right away when it starts—gradually at first and then in predictable patterns—receding hairline and bald spots for men and thinning hair for women.
Genetics determines when you start to lose hair, the rate you lose your hair and how much hair you’ll eventually lose. For some men, baldness is can begin as early as puberty. This type of hair loss involves both hair thinning and miniaturization where the hair becomes soft, fine and short.
Hormonal changes and medical conditions
Genetics isn’t the only factor when it comes to losing your hair. The following are also risks:
- Hormone level changes. Fortunately, hormonal changes and imbalances cause temporary hair loss. This is due to pregnancy, childbirth or onset menopause. Since hormone levels are dependent on the thyroid, any thyroid issues can affect hair loss.
- Infections. Ringworm on the hair and skin of your scalp can lead to to scaly patches and hair loss. But once these infections are treated, the hair generally grows back.
- Other skin disorders. Diseases like alopecia may result in permanent loss at the scarred areas. These conditions include lichen planus, some types of lupus, and sarcoidosis.
Losing hair can be caused by cancer drugs, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and birth control. Vitamin A consumption can also cause hair loss in some people.