Why is My Hair Falling Out?

Why is my hair falling out

Losing hair for women is no laughing matter.  Women take these things seriously and they should.  When you are a hair stylist this question comes up all the time…  Why is my hair falling out?  As women we don’t want to have any hair loss, when we see a woman with her scalp showing we all have a feeling of empathy. We know how much emotional pain this must give her…

There are so many factors to hair loss. It’s not as easy to answer as one would think.  In the salon when I am asked why is my hair falling out?, I have a list of questions that I ask my clients to determine what some of the causes could be.

Quick test- run your fingers through your hair 5 times counting the hairs that come out each time. If you have more than 5 hairs each time, you could be losing your hair. why is my hair falling out

It’s more common for men to have hair loss than women, due to family history of male pattern baldness.  Though this is devastating to men and women, for women the reasons can be quite different.
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Why is my hair falling out?

  1. Hormones-  When your hormones fluctuate such as with menopause or child birth, you can experience hair loss.  When I gave birth to my first child, she was about 8 months old when I noticed my hair falling out by the handfuls. I of course called the doctor frantically, his answer was the fluctuation in hormone levels. He said it would all return to normal with time, He was right, it did.
  2. Autoimmune Diseases and Medical Conditions-  Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and thyroid disease are a few of the big offenders of where hair loss might happen. Autoimmune conditions see their own hair follicles as foreign objects and attack them to try to destroy them, causing the hair to fall out.
  3. Hot Tools may not make your hair fall out, but it can make it break off, which  leads to thin spots, and will then appear like balding spots. Always use a heat protectant when using hot tools to prevent breakage to hair. see here for more on breakage.
  4. Scalp conditions – Psoriasis and Eczema can lead to patchy hair loss if not treated. see here for more on these conditions. A severe case of dandruff could cause hair loss as well. These conditions can most of the time be easily controlled and hair will grow back as soon as the condition improves.
  5. Nutrients, Vitamins, Minerals and Medications- any one of these could cause your hair to fall out.  It is really important to have a diet that provides your body with all the proteins, vitamins and minerals we need to be healthy.  If you are too low on iron or protein, you can expect hair loss. Some medications have a side effect of hair loss. If you have added a new medication, check the label.
  6. Extreme weight loss can cause hair to fall out such as a very low calorie diet. Weight loss surgeries cause hair loss for sure. I have more than a few clients that have had that surgery and lost a significant amount of hair, once this condition is stable the hair does grow back.
  7. Stress– This one I can verify. I have seen many people under exteme emotional stress that have had a significate amount of hair loss..  It really worried me, but as soon as the stress ended, the hair grew back in. This hair loss seemed to be a even hair loss a crossed the whole head.  There wasn’t a bald patch just over-all thinning
  8. Severe Cases-  In more severe cases where women have a real thinning on the top of their head. You should contact your doctor for more answers. Your doctor or dermatologist can give you more answers as to what could be the reason or prescribe treatment for you. Here is more from Mayo Clinic on this.
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    In conclusion Why is My Hair Falling Out-

    This can be answered in many different ways depending on your unique condition but most of the time your hair will grow back.  Look at these conditions, see if anything fits and do the best you can to fix the problem and I bet your hair will grow back. 🙂

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