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Why Is My Hair Falling Out? Your Guide to Hair Loss

Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine.


Let's examine the various causes of hair loss and see how you can manage it to help you uncover the possible reasons why you are losing hair.

Most women also struggle with hair loss, but unlike men, they typically experience loss of volume and thinning hair without going bald. Many factors can contribute to hair loss, some of which can be difficult to pinpoint. Even improper hair care can lead to hair loss.

Diseases often cause hair loss, and the most common one is hereditary thinning or balding. Losing hair or shedding when combing or brushing is normal but when your hair thins or falls out, contact a dermatologist or a naturopathic doctor for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Let's examine the various causes of hair loss and see how you can manage it to help you uncover the possible reasons why you are losing hair.

What causes hair loss?

Over-processing your hair

When styling products such as perms, dyes, gels, relaxers, and sprays are used improperly or excessively, they can damage your hair follicle. An overprocessed hair becomes porous and dense, making it harder to style and maintain. A damaged hair shaft can’t be repaired entirely since our hair is made up of dead cells.

Traction alopecia

Hair loss by repetitive and prolonged pulling on the hair like ponytails and braids can signify traction alopecia. If done repeatedly, it can cause thinning of the hairline, and if it continues long enough, it can lead to permanent hair loss.

Brushing and washing your hair excessively

Excessively brushing or washing hair can cause issues on the hair, such as breaks. Aggressively brushing your hair can cause it to break or snap your hair. On the other hand, washing your hair frequently can be harmful to your hair because of some of the chemical ingredients found in the shampoo.

Thyroid disease and other variety of diseases

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An imbalance in the thyroid gland, which regulates protein production and tissue oxygen use, can impair hair follicle growth. When hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism persists for a long time or is severe, it can result in hair loss. The hair loss affects the entire scalp rather than discrete patches.

Telogen effluvium

Stress can lead to hair loss when you're going through something big and life-altering, such as divorce, mourning over a loved one, childbirth, surgery, or even losing your job. As your body uses its resources to survive stressful events, it halts your hair growth temporarily. Hair loss caused by stress is called telogen effluvium; it occurs when the hair remains in the telogen phase, also known as the natural shedding phase of the growth cycle. Hair in the telogen stage of the growth cycle can cause hair to fall out more frequently, sometimes in handfuls.

Nutritional deficiencies

A healthy diet can play a crucial role in having healthy hair since a lack of protein and specific vitamins such as iron may cause hair to shed excessively. Iron is essential to the production of hair cells, and without it, the hair will fall out.

Hormonal imbalances

You may be losing hair due to hormonal issues. Many health and beauty issues are brought on by hormonal imbalance, from adult acne to weight gain. Among the many hormonal influences on hair growth, estrogen (female hormones) is one of the most powerful and helps to keep hairs in their growth phase for as long as possible. Androgens (male hormones) tend to shorten the hair growth cycle.

Fungal infections

Ringworms, a fungal infection that is more common in children than adults, may lead to temporary hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. However, topical and oral antifungal treatments can effectively treat these infections.

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy

Chemotherapy treatments can result in thinning or losing hair on your head and in other parts of your body, while radiation therapy causes hair to fall out on the part being treated.

Alopecia areata

An autoimmune disease with a tendency to cause your hair to fall out in clumps the size of a quarter is known as alopecia areata, which uses the immune system to attack hair follicles and other healthy parts of the body. With alopecia areata, you can lose hair from the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes.

Hair loss creates physical and psychological challenges for patients that can severely impact their quality of life. Patients experiencing hair loss can cause emotional turmoil and adversely affect their self-esteem.

Moreover, an altered self-image can negatively impact one's self-confidence. Psychological issues include depression, low self-esteem, and low self-confidence. It is more likely that women may be more affected by this negative quality of life due to the societal pressures to be perfect or attractive.

Treatment options for hair loss:

  • Injectable or topical cortisone medications have been shown to accelerate hair growth in some cases. Be cautious while using these medications; your doctor should be able to explain their side effects.

  • It is important to make sure you have a good diet with the guidance of your Naturopathic doctor. Sometimes we are unaware we can be malnourished from junk food. Malnutrition may lead to hair loss.

  • You can take certain supplements to help you with hair loss, such as Biotin.

  • Women experiencing hair loss have found prescriptions for topical or oral estrogen helpful. It's best if it is natural and made by a compounding pharmacy.

  • Women and men may benefit from hair transplantation that utilizes dermatologic surgery as a permanent form of hair replacement.

  • Scalp expansion surgery involves a physician temporarily inserting devices to stretch hair-bearing areas under the scalp. It helps reduce baldness by removing bald scalps and moving hair-bearing scalp closer together. Restoration surgery may also be an option.

Hair loss is common, and you are certainly not alone in experiencing this. Dealing with hair loss can be stressful, but it's very important to know your worth and love who you are. Take time to research and determine what options are best for you.

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