If you notice your hair falling out in the shower, don’t panic. Most people shed about 50-100 hairs a day. This usually won’t cause noticeable hair loss, because new hair is growing in at the same time. But if you’ve started to notice thinning areas or bald spots, it’s because the cycle of growth and shedding has been disrupted.
A variety of conditions can cause hair loss, including:
- Family History – The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition that usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns, such as a receding hairline and bald spots in men, and thinning hair in women.
- Hormonal Changes – Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth or the onset of menopause. Hormone levels are also affected by the thyroid gland, and thyroid problems may cause hair loss.
- Medical Conditions – Scalp infections and diseases that cause scarring can result in hair loss at the scarred areas.
- Medications – Hair loss can be caused by birth control, along with drugs that are used to treat cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure.
Hair loss can be frustrating. Getting to the root of the problem is the first step to finding a solution. Once you make sure your health is A-OK, try one of these natural remedies to help stop hair loss and promote the growth of healthy hair: