CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
One of the most challenging things about hair loss is figuring out why it’s happening. The list of causes ranges from genetics to medication to lifestyle. While it can be hard to pinpoint the cause right away, knowing the possibilities can help you figure it out.
Heredity Most of us can blame Mom and Dad for thinning locks, “Heredity is the most common cause of hair loss”. “The gene can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family, though you’re more likely to be affected if both of your parents had hair loss.” Women with this trait tend to develop thinning at the hairline, behind the bangs, or they might notice more scalp showing or a widening part. The condition develops slowly and may start as early as your 20s.
‘Excessive Shedding’ Telogen effluvium is a common type of hair loss translates to excessive shedding. (It’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day.) This type of hair loss can happen after your body goes through stress.
Possible causes include:
- general anesthesia
- a change in medication
- a high fever
- severe anemia
- extreme psychological stress
Women with telogen effluvium typically notice hair loss between 6 weeks to 3 months after the stressful event. At its worst, handfuls of hair may come out. Diet can play a role, too. Shortfalls in protein and iron can bring on telogen effluvium.
Normal healthy hair grows about ½ inch per month. It may take several months before any effects are noticed. Where the area is completely bald, hair may not grow, if the follicles are dead. It takes years for the hair to thin, so one must assume that it will take time to also reverse the process. Keeping the hair from further thinning is success in itself.