Did you know that on average, according to the Mayo Clinic, we shed 50 to 100 hairs a day! This numbers seem like a lot, but hair shedding in this range is normal because it is necessary for your dead hair shafts to shed, so that new hair shafts can grow in their place just as your skin sheds old skin. So, what is the difference between hair shedding and hair falling out, the difference is that when your hair sheds the old hair shafts and is REPLACED by new hair shafts, but when the hair is falling out there is a disruption in the cycle of hair growth. And now when the old hair shaft sheds it is replaced with scar tissue. Here are four possible reasons, according to the Mayo Clinic as to the reasons that your hair maybe falling out.
* Family History (Genetics): typically this type of hair loss starts to occur at the hairline and for women in particular, the hair starts to thin (thinner that what the hair usually is, if you have fine hair already)
*Hormonal Changes: the changes in your thyroid glands that regulate the amount of female hormones in your body experience an imbalance possibly from pregnancy, childbirth or menopause.
*Medical Conditions: medical conditions like Alopecia (where there is old hair shaft falls out but there is NO scarred tissue) occurs because the body’s immune system is attacking the hair follicles. There are other medical conditions that cause hair loss such as: Ringworm, Lupus, Sarcoidosis, Lichen Planus and Trichotillomania (a hair pulling disorder)
*Medications: certain medical treatments or medications can cause hair loss such as drugs used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and birth control.