Hair loss: Understand why your hair is falling

Hair loss treatment

Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. There are many causes of hair loss. Hair loss isn’t usually anything to be worried about but occasionally it can be a sign of a medical condition. Some types of hair loss are permanent such as male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss usually runs in the family.

Causes of hair loss

Hair loss can occur due to many factors. These include:


Stress is a common problem these days faced by almost everyone. It can lead to several health problems such as dandruff. It also affects your nutritional status. Studies have indicated that high level of stress is responsible for causing hair loss in most people.


Hair loss that happens due to genetic reasons is also known as androgenetic alopecia. This gene can be inherited from either of your parents. You are more likely to suffer from hair loss if both your parents have suffered from it too.

Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalances caused due to menopause, pregnancy. It can also be due to malfunctioning of the thyroid glands.

Unhealthy food

Junk food is harmful because it hardly provides your body any nutrients. This makes your body vulnerable to health conditions. Eating junk food can lead to nutritional deficiencies which can cause your hair to fall and baldness. People with eating disorders are also likely to suffer from excessive hair loss.

Harsh chemical treatments

Harsh chemical treatments at salons, such as straightening and curling, can weaken your hair follicles when frequently done. This contributes to more hair falling. Blow drying your hair on a regular basis also contributes a lot to the problem.


Dandruff is a common problem these days with variety of treatment. But without treatment, it can start turning into thick scaly patches, known as psoriasis. This long term skin problem is due to rapid growth of skin cells. This leads to thick, white, silvery or red patches of skin.

Protein deficiency

Our hair is made up of a protein called keratin. Deficiency of this protein in your diet can weaken your hair. This results in dry and brittle hair that breaks easily. This can also be a symptom of thyroid related issues, so consult your doctor.

Iron deficiency anaemia

Anaemia is a common problem in women who eat foods low in iron. It is occurs due to low red blood cells in the body. These cells transport oxygen throughout your body, providing you the energy that you need. Anaemia is a major cause because hair follicles also require an adequate supply of blood for their growth and maintenance.

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