Why is my hair falling out? Is this normal? Am I going bald? A friend of mine called me recently and asked me this question and demanded that I write this article for her as well as for others who may have similar questions. . Well, okay Ma’am, here it is- causes of hair loss.
Hair grows in three stages:
Anagen- growth phase, 90% of the hair on the head is said to be in this stage.
Catagen- transition phase, this is when the hair follicle shrinks and falls. This lasts for 2-3 weeks.
Telogen- resting period, the hair follicles remain dormant.
About 10% of the time the hair is either resting or shedding. Hair has to come out of your head, unless you are wearing locks that is or you refuse to comb it at all. Most ordinary heads lose an average of 50 to 100 strands per day, on wash days up to 250 hairs are lost because of the agitation from washing and handling when wet.
This ACT cycle can occur all year round, some persons experience the catagen stage in particular months or seasons. For instance, some persons will realize a subtle heavier hair loss in winters or summers as opposed to spring and autumn.
So what can cause you to lose hair beyond the normal rate?
Genetics- It’s your granny’s fault. Just kidding, but if you are born into a family that is predisposed to androgentic alopecia or female pattern hair loss, more than likely you will get it too. This condition usually affects the follicle size, when hairs are shed, they grow back thinner than usual, after a while they stop growing back altogether. This condition can happen at anytime in your life. If your female family members are prone to have it then it is likely that’s what is happening to you.
Your Hair Habits- It’s a tough thing to change those hair habits of yours isn’t it? After all, you look much better with your hair tightly caught up in one and it is definitely easier to wear braids all year around it saves you from combing your hair every day. Unfortunately, various hair habits can cause hair loss. You know the things to change already it is preached so much over this site and others its like a never ending song:
-excessive and too frequent use of hair chemicals
– bad hair products including shampoos with sulphates
-bad hair dressers (I am slightly kidding with this one)
– brushes, vigorous combing and drying of hair with a towel when wet
-hot combs, irons, blow dryers and other heat appliances especially when hair is wet.
Just plain bad manipulation of hair can affect it over time. Your hair’s cuticle (outer) layer is to be protected at all cost, anything that will degrade it over time exposing the soft inner cortex will cause your hair to break prematurely. Fortunately, rough treatment and bad practices can be remedied. Cut off the damaged parts and then start afresh with the right habits.
Medical and Other Conditions- There are some conditions that can cause hair loss suddenly and some conditions that cause hair loss overtime, types of hair loss gives you a list of ten and elaborates on each. Some conditions that can cause hair loss are: menopause, stress, physical trauma, surgery, intense illness, excess Vitamin A, autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders, sebhorrheic disorders, anemia and some medications especially those for cancer.
If your hair follicles are uniform in size, and your hair loss is sudden, it is likely to be caused by something other than genetics, like a medical condition, and if your hair loss is caused by bad habits, then you know the blame should be placed squarely at your feet.