Thinning hair can lead to insecurity and worry, especially if you aren’t sure what is causing the hair loss. Both men and women can suffer from thinning hair due to various reasons. While genetics and aging are the primary causes of hair loss, many people experience hair loss due to behavioral or environmental factors. In these cases, identifying the cause and making lifestyle changes can impact thinning hair.
What Causes Thinning Hair?
1. Extreme Stress—Stress leads to physical issues, like compromising the immune system. But, ongoing stress may also activate a hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium. With a reduction in stress and the proper treatment, hair loss due to stress usually grows back.
2. Chemicals in Hair Products—If you already have thin hair, the wrong hair products could worsen the problem. Shampoos, conditioners, or styling products containing sulfates, silicones, or toxins can irritate and dry the scalp. Hair may become damaged and shed in a higher volume than usual.
3. Smoking—If lung cancer and bad breath don’t motivate you to quit smoking, losing your hair might. Smoking damages hair. In some people, the damage includes discoloration or hair loss. The chemicals in cigarette or vape smoke impact your entire body. Often, when people stop smoking, their lost hair can regrow.
4. Tight Hairstyles—Wearing hair up in a tight ponytail, braid, or bun can cause hair to pull loose. For people with thinning hair, the impact can become more noticeable. Consistently wearing hair too tight can even lead to bald patches.
5. Nutritional Deficiencies—More often, women suffer from iron deficiencies which contribute to hair loss. Reduced levels of other nutrients, including vitamin D, zinc, and selenium, may also cause hair loss. Extreme dieting and other health conditions can lead to nutritional deficiencies. I recommend getting a Micronutrient Test with your primary care provider or a local lab like Elite Testing & Wellness in Buckhead in order to understand what your body is lacking and work toward fixing what your
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