Why Are You Losing Your Hair?
It can start with a few more strands in your comb or brush, but it can develop into thinning around the hairline or a balding patch, until, for many, hair loss is noticeable—making you appear and feel older than you are. Luckily, many cases of hair loss are treatable, even reversible. Start by finding what could be the real cause of your disappearing strands.
- Hair Loss Due to Compulsive Pulling – Tugging absent-mindedly on locks of hair is a common habit, but when those tugs turn to pulling and hair loss results, it becomes a condition known as trichotillomania, a type of impulse-control disorder. While some people are aware they pull their hair and liken it to scratching an itch, others can be completely unaware that they are damaging their hair until the loss is noticeable.
- Hair Loss and Women – It doesn’t just happen to men — women lose their hair, too. Up to a third of all women will face female pattern baldness, which typically is most noticeable on the top of the head and can affect the entire scalp, though it generally does not cause complete hair loss.
- When Hair Loss Hurts Your Self-Esteem – Most people who lose their hair are self-conscious about the change in their appearance. Some people adjust, while others never recover and develop emotional issues as a result. If you no longer feel attractive, or worry that your hair loss is holding you back in some way, there are things you can do to cope.
- The Health Condition That Could Cause Hair Loss – Hair growth depends on a properly functioning thyroid, and when thyroid disease occurs, hair may thin all over the scalp — even on the rest of the body. Many people with thyroid problems are undiagnosed, so it’s definitely something to ask your doctor about.
- Hair Loss Discussion Group – An Everyday Health member is concerned about her decreasing body hair. “I’m looking for someone else that had the same problem,” she writes in a Women’s Health Group discussion. Is her hair loss genetic, or is menopause to blame?