Fourteen surprising reasons for your hair loss

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Genetics — from both sides of your family

If you have a history of balding in either of your parents’ families, then it’s more likely you’ll go bald than if you don’t. Balding is also more prevalent in men than it is in women.

Keeping your hair pulled back in tight styles

A lot of women will make hair loss worse, or increase their chances of hair loss, by consistently using chronically tight hairstyles — like pulling your hair back in tight ponytails, braiding it regularly, etc.

Delivering a baby into this world

There are a lot of women who will experience unusual hair loss a few months after they give birth. Because when you’re giving birth, it’s literally taking all your energy to deliver that baby


Exercising can be great for both your physical and mental health, but it can also be damaging if you’re pushing your body far past its limits.

Lack of nutrition

If you lose weight in a healthy way, your body will find a new baseline and won’t experience hair loss. Other than that if you are loosing weight by simply starving yourself then your body will face the lack of nutrition. Have balance in your diet, because your hair will reflect that.

Experiencing a traumatic event

A lot of people don’t realize how stressed out and upset they were about something until their hair falls out a few months later and they come in to see us.  This can happen when there’s a death in the family, someone loses their job, they go through a divorce, etc.

Being anemic

If you are iron deficient, then your blood is not full of the nutrients that you need, which means your hair doesn’t get the nutrition it needs and your hair could be weaker and potentially fall out quicker.

Having an underactive or overactive thyroid

Your thyroid hormones regulate energy levels and help control a lot of the way your body functions — helping the body stay warm, maintaining metabolism, and keeping your heart, brain, muscles and organs fully operational so that you’re in good health.

Taking certain medications

There are some medications that have been tied to hair loss, such as chemotherapy drugs, some blood pressure medications, hormonal medications, and migraine and seizure medications. If you’ve started a new medication recently, it may be worth talking to your doctor about this as a possible side effect.

Getting the flu

Getting the flu or having a really high fever can lead to stress hair loss. Being that sick can cause your hair follicles to go into survival mode, meaning your body is trying to put all it’s energy into fighting off the virus — taking away energy from functions it deems not necessary (like hair growth).

Living with an autoimmune disorder

If you’re noticing rapid hair loss symptoms — clumps of hair falling out or bald patches — it could be beneficial to get a blood test to check for an autoimmune disease.

Starting some hair regrowth treatments that contain Minoxidil

In most cases, when you first start using a hair regrowth product that contains the active ingredient minoxidil, you may experience an initial shed of hair.

Having high levels of testosterone

Chances of losing hair could increase when you have higher levels of testosterone, specifically DHT testosterone. You can also have higher levels of receptors on your hair follicles that are more susceptible to the DHT.

Aging and menopause

If you’re genetically predisposed to hair loss, there’s a possibility that as you age you’ll experience a slow thinning of your hair, also known as pattern hair loss. Most cases for men start with thinning in the crown and bitemporal scalp, whereas females will usually see it start in the crown and thin outwards.