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Happy New Year ya’ll! Every year I set up goals and resolutions for every aspect of my life, including my natural hair. In doing so, I reflect on what worked well, and what was a detriment to my natural hair progress. After my reflection and research I found some thoroughly interesting and surprising reasons as to why your natural hair could be falling out.
If you’re experiencing excessive shedding, thinning, and hair loss but can’t figure out why, this post may have the answers you are looking for.
8 Surprising Reasons Natural Hair Is Falling Out
1. New Medication: Most bizarre hair loss is caused by a change in our body. One of the main culprits in changing our bodies is medication. If you’ve recently added a new medication to your daily regimen, this can greatly affect the rate in which hair grows or doesn’t grow on your body. This change often takes 2-4 months to notice/ see after you’ve started taking the new medication. If there is more hair loss than you deem as “normal” you should call a doctor and speak to them about the new medication you are taking and its side effects.
2. Iron Deficiency: If you suffer from anemia, the iron deficiency may be one of the causes of your natural hair falling out. To help stop this from occurring you can increase your protein intake and take iron supplements. It is absolutely essential that you speak to your doctor before taking any supplements.
3. Birth Control: When I started taking birth control at 18 years old, I experienced a ton of side effects and hair loss was one of them. Birth control alters our hormones, and when our hormones are altered our hair growth gets all out of whack. Birth control does have the potential to increase your androgen and when that happens the hair follicle begins to shrink.
4. Thyroid Condition: Hypothyroidism can cause an increase in hair shedding. This again goes back to a hormonal issue. As you can see from the first four reasons… if our hormones are in in perfect balance/harmony then our body hair usually is the first to pay the price. The hair cycle becomes damaged if our hormones are not producing the right amount. Thyroid conditions are often fixed by a change in your diet and medications/supplements prescribed by your physician.
5. Extreme Dieting: This may not be a big surprise to you, but if you are trying a ton of extreme diets/fad diets in which you limit the calories/ and food supply, your body will fight back in a way you don’t like. Not only is it an unhealthy way to lose weight/ get in shape, it has negative effects on many parts of your body. By limiting your calorie intake you slow down your metabolism and bodily functions. This means your hair growth cycle will not proceed at fully capacity.
6. Autoimmune Disease: Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to see hair as the enemy. The hair follicle is believed to be attacking the immune system, therefore your body fights against it. This is the cause for your hair falling out in huge circular chunks/patches. Steroids are often used to help battle alopecia and prevent further hair loss.
7. Lack Of Sleep: This should come as no surprise to you, but if you are not sleeping then your body is not getting the proper amount of time to function at full capacity. You enter a state of distress when you don’t sleep enough which stops your hair from growing. You want to try to get 7-10 hours of sleep a night to keep your body from entering the state of distress.
8. PCOS: I have PCOS, and I know the many pitfalls of having some an aggravating condition that no one really seems to have a handle on. What works for one person, doesn’t always work for the next. Besides simply being frustrating, PCOS can wreak havoc on your body, and yeah you guessed it, can cause massive hair loss. This is another hormonal disorder that throws the balance of hormones off completely. Because of our constant fluctuation in hormones, hair loss is a common factor, side effect.
Hopefully one of these reasons helps you figure out what is going on with your hair, and with all of them you want to make sure you speak to a doctor that can help treat many of these issues.
Until the next time,
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.