Understanding What Causes Hair Loss

Understanding What Causes Hair Loss

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing hair loss. If it’s relatively a small amount of shedding, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. It’s normal for your health and wellness to shed strands of hair on a daily basis. As new hair grows, dead hair sheds. But if you are experiencing excessive amounts of loss, then you need to pinpoint the underlying cause.

Hair treatments and certain hair styles can cause hair loss. You may be having a chemical reaction to a dye, a perm or a rinse. If you wear your hair pulled back a lot in a ponytail style, tension on the hair could be responsible for excessive loss also. Switching to a natural shampoo, for example, can help to prevent hair loss.

Once you have eliminated these possibilities then you probably should consider otherhealth factors as well. While hair loss can be hereditary, stress and hormonal changes could also be to blame for this effect on your health and well being.

Excessive emotional or physical stress causes one of two types of severe hair loss, [telogen effuvium] and [alopecia areata]. Of these two stressors [alopecia areata] is the worse. This type of stress attacks the entire body hair, and causes the hair to fall out in patches, within weeks.

Aging is also another factor to weigh in. Both men and women when they reach a certain age tend to bald naturally. Hormonal changes and birth control pills can contribute to hair loss too.

If you are a cancer patient and are exposed to large amounts of chemotherapy treatments, this is also known to cause massive hair loss and even baldness. You may even be allergic to a medication that your doctor has prescribed.

You can’t be really sure why you are experiencing hair loss until you consult with your doctor. But you can eliminate the causes by taking simple steps: changing your hair style or stop using hair rinses, perms and dyes. These tips will help stop hair loss and as always be sure to consult your doctor if you have questions about the safety or health risks of any treatment or product.