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Top 9 reasons why you are losing hair

  • 06th Jan 2016
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Hair fall is a common condition that impacts most people at some point in their lives. While it is typically known to be a man’s problem, there are a considerable amount of women sufferers as well. It can enter virtually anyone’s life, and that is because there are so many different causes to the problem of hair fall.

In order to understand the problem of hair fall a bit better, we are here to take you through the top 9 reasons behind hair fall. These have been divided into natural, medical, lifestyle, and hair care related causes. Using this guide, you can quickly ascertain which one most applies to your case, so that you can treat your hair fall in a timely and effective manner.

Natural

1) Aging
Hair loss caused due to aging is medically referred to as involutional alopecia. By the time men or women enter their 30s, they will start noticing slower growth and rise in hair fall. It occurs when an increasing number of hair follicles go into the resting phase.

2) Heredity
You may be losing hair not due to any external causes, but simply due to pre-determined heredity. Your genes from either of sides of your family could pre-dispose you to male or female pattern baldness.

Medical

3) Medical conditions
Thyroid, lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, anemia and fungal infections often lead to hair loss as a side effect. An autoimmune disease is alopecia areata, where the immune system goes into over-active mode and targets hair like it’s a foreign object. Even one-off physical trauma like an accident, surgery leads to severe physical stress that can shock the hair cycle and lead to shedding.

4) Medical drugs
Hair fall is also aggravated by certain medications like blood thinners, chemotherapy drugs, beta blockers (used for blood pressure), anti-depressants, birth control pills, and anabolic steroids (used for body building). Taking excessive amounts of Vitamin A supplements can also be another factor.

5) Hormonal imbalance
When your body is undergoing conditions like pregnancy, puberty, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or menopause, your hormones are at an abnormal level. This can induce more hair follicles to enter the resting phase, which in turn causes hair fall.

Lifestyle

6) Diet
An unhealthy diet that is low in protein, vitamins and minerals can seriously aggravate the problem of hair fall. Even heavy dieting or eating disorders cause severe nutrition deficit and reduction in growth.

7) Stress
If you lead a stressful life, either due to a demanding job or a distressing relationship, your problem of hair fall can worsen. Chances are that your blood circulation to your head and scalp is not at its optimum. This results in poor hair growth as well.

Hair care

8) Improper hair care
If you do not clean your scalp properly, it can lead to build up of dirt and sebum. This, in turn, can lead to blockage of your hair follicles and restrict the growth of hair.

9) Excessive styling
Styling products generally contain chemicals that can be harsh on hair. Dyes, relaxers, bleaches, etc. cause severe damage by making them weak and brittle. The same applies to certain harsh hairstyles like tight braids, hair weaves, or cornrows, which can inflame the follicles. This, in turn, can also lead to hair fall. Moreover, given that these products sometimes work at the root level, they can cause permanent damage as well.

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