At average we lose 100 strands a day, and the same number of new hair grows to replace them. We start to lose our hair when we grow less number of hairs than we shed every day. Here are 5 major reasons for hair loss.
Genetics is by far the most common reason for baldness. Up to 98 percent men simply lose their hair because it is in their genes. Genetics is also a major cause of hair loss for women, and around 50 percent women lose their hair due to their inherited genes. Men affected by inherited baldness retain hair on the sides and the back of the head. Women however follow a different balding pattern. It occurs as overall thinning of hair including sides and back of the head.
Certain diseases can trigger hair loss. Hormonal influences including, anemia and thyroid disease, cause hair loss. Autoimmune disease also may cause patchy hair loss.
This hair loss is caused by mechanical causes such as rubber banding, tight braiding, turbans, or other devices that put continuous strain on hair.
Stress is classified as an important cause of hair loss, especially in those who are genetically predisposed to it. It can also result in sudden loss of hair in a condition called telogen effluvium.
Chemotherapy is well-known for its hair loss, but many other medicines can also be a cause of hair loss. Most notably anabolic steroids, tranquilizers, birth control pills, and antidepressants can cause hair loss.
We can take care of some of these factors while some factors are out of our control. We should be extremely cautious from the beginning if baldness runs in our family. If anything wrong with hair is noticed, contact a doctor for advice. Slowing down the hair fall or even stopping it is far easier than restoring lost hair.
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