Posted by: mericonpharma | August 11, 2011

Why Your Hair Is Falling Out: 11 Surprising Reasons


Hereditary hair loss. Millions of men and women have hereditary hair loss. This type of hair loss can often be successfully treated.
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. Women may notice hair loss after giving birth. People under a lot of stress can see noticeable hair loss. Some diseases and medical treatments can cause hair loss.

Even how you style and care for your hair can cause hair loss.

The most common cause of hair loss is a medical condition called hereditary hair loss. About 80 million men and women in the United States have this type of hair loss. Other names for this type of hair loss are:

  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Female-pattern baldness
  • Androgenetic alopecia

Luckily, most causes of hair loss can be stopped or treated. Anyone troubled by hair loss should see a dermatologist. These doctors specialize in treating our skin, hair, and nails.

Hair loss common after childbirth

To commemorate Hair Loss Awareness Month®, we are covering a topic familiar to many women who’ve recently had a baby: Hair loss. Women often see noticeable hair loss a few months after childbirth. This hair loss is completely normal. It is caused by falling estrogen levels.
The good news is that this hair loss is temporary and you do not have to do anything to remedy it. Most women see their hair return to its normal fullness by their child’s first birthday. Many women regain normal fullness even earlier.

Many women experience noticeable hair loss after having a baby.

Dermatologists’ tips for new mothers

If the hair loss bothers you, these tips from dermatologists can help until your hair regains its normal fullness.
1. Use shampoo and conditioner that add volume. Here’s what dermatologists recommend using and avoiding:

  • Use a volumizing shampoo. These shampoos tend to contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making the hair appear fuller.
  • Avoid any shampoo labeled “conditioning shampoo.” These contain heavy conditioners that can weigh down the hair and make it look limp.
  • Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair. These contain lighter formulas that will not weigh down hair.
  • Use conditioner primarily on the ends of your hair. Applying conditioner to your scalp and all of your hair tends to weigh down hair. 
  • Avoid conditioners labeled “intensive conditioners.” These are too heavy. 

Finding the best shampoo and conditioner for thin hair is really a matter of trial and error. A single ingredient that makes a volumizing shampoo or conditioner for fine hair better than the rest does not exist.
2. Try a new hairstyle. Some haircuts make hair look fuller. An experienced stylist can tell you what will work for you.
Many new mothers prefer short hair. A short style can make hair look fuller. Short hair also can be easier to manage, which can save time. With a baby, anything that saves time can be a real boon.

Beware of a hair tourniquet

New mothers also should watch out for hair tourniquets. A hair tourniquet forms when a strand of hair falls out and wraps around a baby’s toe, finger or other body part. A single strand can wrap so tightly that it cuts off circulation or causes an infection.
Don’t panic. The likelihood of your baby getting a hair tourniquet is very rare. Knowing what to do, however, can be helpful.
If you see a shed hair wrapped around your baby’s finger, toe or other body part, you must remove it. Here what you should do:

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