Even though men are more likely to lose their hair, hair loss is also common in women and the reasons can range from simple and temporary (vitamin deficiency) to more complex, such as a serious health condition. The average person loses 60-100 strands of hair per day. Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause, so let’s check some of the most common reasons why you’re losing hair.
Temporary hair loss can be caused by physical trauma, be it surgery, a severe illness or a car accident. Hair has a preset life cycle: growth, rest, followed by shedding. Marc Glashofer, MD, dermatologist in New York City explains: “When you’re stressed, this can impact your hair cycle, triggering more hair to go into the shedding phase” Hair loss can becomes noticeable three to six months after the traumatizing event. But the good news is that your hair can grow back once your body recovers.
Emotional stress can also cause hair loss, but it usually happens less frequently than in the case of physical stress. But it does happen. If somebody close to you passes away, if you go through a divorce, but it only enhances an existing problem rather than precipitate hair loss.
Pregnancy is another example of physical stress that can cause hair loss. Losing hair due to pregnancy can be noticed more after the baby is delivered rather than during the actual pregnancy. Giving birth is a traumatic event, but if you experience hair loss during it, rest assured, because it will grow back in 1 to 2 months and it will sort itself out.
Too Much Vitamin A or Too Little Vitamin B
Too much vitamin A can trigger hair loss says the American Academy of Dermatology. The recommended dose for vitamin A is 5,000 IU (International Units) per day for adults, but sometimes you can overdo it. The cause is reversible, however, as once there’s no excess vitamin A, hair can grow back like it usually does.
Vitamin B deficiency can be cause for hair loss, but it is uncommon. You can correct it by eating meat, fish, starchy vegetables and non-citrus fruits. A balanced diet, rich in vegetables and fruit and coupled with fats such as nuts and avocados can be good for your overall health and hair.
Lack Of Protein
The body can shut down hair growth if you don’t incorporate enough protein in your diet, says the American Academy of Dermatology. This can happen even 2-3 months after a noticeable drop in protein intake. Good sources of protein include eggs, meat and fish.
Male Pattern Baldness
There’s no surprise here: around two out of three men go through hair loss by the age of 60, and most often it’s due to male pattern baldness. Caused by a mix of genes and male sex hormones, this type of hair loss follows a classic pattern – an M-shaped hairline after the hair recedes at the temples. Some topical creams and oral medications can halt hair loss or even promote hair growth.
Also called androgenic alopecia, female-pattern hair loss is the female version of its male counterpart. If you come from a family with a history of hair loss at a specific age, you might be more prone to it. Women don’t have a receding hairline, unlike men, but their part can widen and they may experience a visible thinning of hair. What can you do about this? Well, just like in the case of men, you can try Rogaine, which is approved for women as well.
If you’re on anabolic steroids, you could lose your hair says the American Academy of Dermatology. Usually, athletes and gym-goers use it to bulk up muscle, but they can have the same impact on the body as PCOS (polycystic ovary disease), having the same mechanism of action. You should get off anabolic steroids to avoid losing your hair.