5 Surprising Causes of Hairloss


It’s easy to blame excessive hairloss on genes, but there could be other surprising factors behind it.



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When we run our hands through our hair or comb through it, it’s normal to see a bit of loose strands. We lose an average of 50-100 strands of hair a day, after which new hairs will replace the ones that are lost. That’s how the hair cycle works.

However, it’s also common for people to experience excessive hairloss. It is usually attributed to  male pattern / female pattern baldness, hormonal changes, or certain medical conditions like thyroid problems. (Learn more about the common causes of hairloss.)

There are also possible causes of hairloss that may surprise you. Check out this list: 

  1. Diet

Your hair is usually the last to benefit from the nutrients in your food, but your diet plays a big role in keeping a healthy head of hair. If you don’t get enough iron in your diet, this could lead to iron-deficiency anaemia, which can lead to hairloss. Add these superfoods to your diet to fight hairloss from within.


  1. Birth control pills

If you’re taking oral contraceptives, you need to be aware of the potentially harmful effects of birth control pills on hair growth. The American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) recommends the use of low-androgen index birth control pills. If there is a family history of hairloss, the AHLA recommends using another non-hormonal form of birth control.


  1. Stress

We are all living busier, more stressful lives than ever before and this can be a cause of hairloss. The results of a recent UK survey revealed that a third of men and women who suffered thinning hair in their early twenties blamed life and work stress on their condition. On the other hand, severe stress such as emotional trauma can lead to hairloss.


  1. Hair extensions

The long, lustrous hair you see on female celebrities are often the product of wearing extensions, but this could be a risky move. Traction alopecia is a condition that occurs when tension is placed on the hair shaft, causing hair to become brittle, eventually leading to breakage. Wearing hair extensions for long periods can cause traction alopecia to occur, so you may want to look at other means of adding volume and fullness to your hair.


  1. Tight hairstyles

Traction alopecia can also occur when you tie your hair in tight hairstyles. When you do  tight hairstyles too often, this can cause breakage and hairloss. Next time, try using looser scrunchies to pull back your hair in a relaxed ponytail so there’s less tension on your hair shaft.