What Causes Hair Fall?


Have you noticed more hair on your pillow, brush, or shower drain? You may be having a hair fall problem.

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Causes of hair fall

Human hair growth follows stages of growth and shedding. At any given time, a random number of hairs will be in a stage of growth or shedding. On average, humans shed about 50 to 100 hairs in a day. That is part of the normal hair cycle and there will be new hairs to replace the ones that fall out.

But when there are visible changes in the hair’s volume and density, or if the scalp is more visible, you could have a hair fall problem. Here are some of the top causes of hair fall:

1.    Hereditary hairloss

This is the most common cause of hairloss among men and women. Genetic hairloss is known as androgenetic alopecia, where you are likely to have the hairloss gene if you inherited it from your father’s or mother’s side of the family.

2.    Thyroid problems

Thyroid problems occur when the thyroid gland is either underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism). When the thyroid system is unbalanced, it interrupts the hair growth cycle and not enough hair grows, resulting in hair fall or even balding.

3.    Iron deficiency anemia

If you don’t get enough iron in your diet or—in the case of women—experience heavy periods, you may be prone to iron deficiency anemia. This is a condition where the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells that transport oxygen to the body. This, in turn, affects the hair growth cycle.

4.    Poycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance where the ovaries produce too many male hormones. PCOS may cause irregular periods, acne, cysts on the ovaries, and facial hair growth. Many also experience hairloss on the scalp, while noticing more hair in other parts of the body.

5.    Excessive styling

Too much styling and dyeing can do serious damage to your hair. Subjecting hair to regular heat styling can make hair brittle and prone to breakage. The same is also true for dyeing and bleaching. Often, it’s the combination of heat styling and treatments that does the most damage.

Now you know the causes, knowing how to prevent hair fall is a good way of treating it.

If you are concerned about hair fall, talk to a hairloss expert at Svenson. Svenson can help recommend the right treatment plan for your hairloss.