Common Causes of Hair Loss

What happens when we find an unusual amount of hair strands on the shower floor, or when we notice so many strands of our hair fall out when we are brushing it?

We do what any other sensible person would do. We freak out first, and then try to find a solution to putting an end to our hair loss woes.

But how and why does hair loss happen?

Here’s a look at some common causes of hair loss.

1. Heredity Factors

Genetics plays a role and a family history of age-related hair loss is one of the most common factors of hair fall. In a research conducted, about 80% of people who experience noticeable hair loss also had a father who was experienced the same thing.

2. Hormonal Imbalance or Changes

Another common cause of hair fall is when our body goes through drastic changes like childbirth, menopause and andropause. This is because when hormones such as estrogen and progesterone decreases, and androgens increase, hair follicles become weaker causing hair to become thin and grow at a much slower rate.

3. Chronic Stress

Going through stressful times in life that affect us physically or emotionally can lead to hair loss, as stress is known to trigger hair follicles to go into the ‘resting phase’, where they stop producing new hair strands.

4. Type of Medication

Certain medications will have side effects on us and cause hair fall, especially medication that causes hormonal changes. These include birth control pills, anti-depressants, antibiotics and anticoagulants.

5. Deficiency of Essential Nutrients

An unhealthy diet that is high in sugar and refined carbs, and low in certain nutrients such as biotin, protein, zinc, iron, fatty acids and vitamin D is another common cause of hair loss. These key nutrients are super essential for hair to grow strong and healthy.

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