8 Reasons Why Your Hair May Be Falling Off

Wondering why your hair is falling off that rapidly, check the conditions below, one or two may be a reason why your hair is falling.

  •  Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, instead of shedding hair on a normal basis, you actually retain more hair. This is because estrogen surges during pregnancy and then drops after delivery. So a couple months after you deliver your baby you start losing a lot of hair. While it might be startling to see so much hair on your brush, don’t worry. It usually doesn’t result in any permanent hair loss.

  • Stress

When stress does trigger hair loss (a condition call telogen effluvium), severe physical or emotional stress causes hair to go into the “resting state” where the hair falls out but new hair isn’t immediately made to replace it. Why this happens isn’t exactly understood, but it likely has something to do with metabolic changes triggered by stress hormones

  • Hair Pulling

People with trichotillomania obsessively pull and twist their hair until it comes out or breaks off. It is four times more common in women than men and usually starts during adolescence. Medications used to control addiction-related cravings and anti-depressants can reduce the urge to pull.

  • Hair Treatments

If your hair isn’t falling out, but rather breaking off, hair products could be to blame. Frequent bleaching and misuse of certain hair dyes, gels, relaxers and sprays can cause hair to become brittle. Overuse of flat irons, curling irons and hair dryers can also leave the hair brittle and prone to breakage.

  • Birth Control Pills

Because male hormones play a role in hair loss, birth control medications that use progestin either with or instead of estrogen can cause hair to thin. These include Depo-Provera, Norplant and NuvaRing. “These could expose a hereditary (hair loss) condition that a woman had.

  • Certain Medications

If hair loss follows the start of a new medication, the drug could be the problem. Hair loss is a side effect for medications such as blood thinners and those used to treat arthritis, depression, gout, heart problems and high blood pressure.

  • Rapid Weight Loss

A change in diet resulting in losing more than 5 pounds a month, can lead to hair loss.  This drastic physical change shocks the system, forcing hair roots to shut down and go into a resting state. After a month or two, the follicles usually reactivate and new hair will grow back

  • Low Iron

Aside from protein, the body also needs iron to make hair. Similarly, if you’re body isn’t getting enough it will stop making hair. Hair loss related to low iron can be experienced by women with long, heavy menstrual periods. Iron supplements can help replenish your locks, as can adding more meat, dried beans and leafy greens to your diet.

 

 

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