Hair Loss: When It’s Cause for Concern and What To Do About It

Serious, noticeable hair loss can happen to absolutely anyone, but rarely happens overnight. In most cases, it’s something that happens gradually over time, sometimes very gradually, so it can be tough to tell whether you truly are losing your hair or simply worrying over nothing. However, you’ll definitely want to know for sure sooner rather than later so you can take action promptly. The sooner you address the issue, the better your chances of stopping the process and getting your hair back to its former healthy state.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Not all hair loss is irreversible, nor is it always due to the same cause. Yes, some forms of hair loss are hereditary and/or normal parts of the aging process. However, hair loss can be the result of disease (e.g. some forms of scarring alopecia), neglect, hormonal imbalances, or everyday stress that’s gotten out of control. Even certain medications can cause hair loss or thinning hair as a very unwelcome side effect. Sometimes people have a pretty good idea of what’s causing the loss, but other times it’s a complete mystery. 

Identifying Hair Loss

All human hair goes through regular growth cycles. At any given time, about 90 percent of your 100,000-150,000 hairs will be actively growing, but the remainder will be in the resting phase, meaning they’re due to fall out soon. It’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs every single day, so you’re bound to notice you’ve shed a few after a bushing session or a shampoo. However, the following are signs your hair loss is abnormal or excessive.

  • A hairline that’s noticeably different than it used to be, especially when you compare old and new photographs of yourself.
  • Hair that looks drastically thinner than it used to or a ponytail/braid that doesn’t feel as substantial as it used to be.
  • Large amounts of hair falling out or coming lose when you brush your hair, wash it, or run your hands through it.
  • Family members, friends, or hair dressers actually commenting on your hair seeming thinner than it used to.

What Should You Do?

You don’t have to simply take hair loss lying down. If yours distresses you or you think it may be related to a medical condition, definitely seek the consultation of your doctor or other medical professional who specializes in hair loss. There are many different treatment options out there these days that can help restore your hair to its former glory and ease your peace of mind.