There are a number of different reasons you could be losing your hair, some are more serious than others, but here are some reasons to show you could be causing the problems yourself.
- Stress can reduce the number of hairs which are in the shedding phase, making it look like more hair is falling out. Telogen Effluvium is the name for this type of hair loss and the stress can have a number of different reasons including surgery, illness or even a car accident. The hair loss will normally recover within 3 – 6 months.
- Too many or too few vitamins: are you consuming too much vitamin A or not enough vitamin B in your diet? Both of these can contribute to losing your hair. Once the vitamins are at the correct level, you will notice an increase in hair growth.
- Are you eating enough protein in your diet? A lack of protein can mean that your body rations out the protein to the areas that need the most, and often your hair has a low priority over other areas of your body resulting in hair loss.
- Pregnancy and childbirth can cause a thinning of the hair, it is often more noticeable after birth rather than during pregnancy. Again, the hair will regrow given time.
- Hormone imbalance can cause the hair to fall out. This is noticeable if you change the contraceptive pill you are on or you are going through the menopause. This is a condition that, whilst it can settle back down, if you have concerns you might wish to discuss them with your doctor.
- If you are anaemic you could experience hair loss, this is due to a lack of iron in your system. Increase the iron, your doctor might prescribe iron tablets, and you will notice an improvement in the hair.
- An underactive thyroid, hypothyroidism, can cause your hair to fall out. If you are a sufferer from this condition, taking a daily tablet that includes a synthetic version of the hormone can quickly return your hair to normal, but you will need medical supervision regarding your under-active thyroid treatment.
- Antidepressants can have an effect on your hair falling out, most people on this medication are in a heightened state of stress and the medication and stress combined can see an increase in hair loss experienced.
- Weight loss, if it is fast this can stimulate the body into the releasing phase of the stages of the hair and you can experience a higher rate of hair loss than normal. Once the body settles down the hair will regrow.
- Chemotherapy treatment can make the hair fall out; this is just one of the many side effects the treatment can have on the body. It will regrow but it will be a slow process.
This isn’t a complete list why a person experiences hair loss; these are some of the common causes. It is important to understand the cause of the loss of the hair to ensure you are healthy.