There are many reasons why people experience hair loss. However, hair and skin experts
have identified and recognized eight typical causes, and these are the following:

Genetics or Hereditary

Genetics is probably the number one cause of hair loss, particularly in hair loss for men. But in some cases, hereditary can skip a few generations. If you are a part of a family with a history of baldness or hair loss, it does not directly imply that you'll get the same fate.

Although hereditary in hair loss comes naturally, early treatments can prevent it from happening.


Some medicines have chemical properties so strong that they can cause severe hair loss.
One evident example is the medication for cancer patients who get bald after undergoing
chemotherapy. Aside from that, common medicines like antibiotics, anti-depressants, and
anticoagulants can also cause hair loss.


Stress comes in different forms and situations. If you have been dealing with a lot of stress
lately, one of the ways that your body reacts is by blocking the production of hair. Don't get
surprised if you notice that your hair starts falling. Maybe you just need to time breathe and

Dust, smoke, exposure to pollution, and other forms of environmental toxins are hazardous
to your scalp and hair follicles. They can also cause formations of dandruff, itchiness, and
oily scalp. If you continue living in a polluted environment, there is a high chance that your
hair gets totally damaged.


Hair loss happens if you have severe health problems like cancer or dengue fever. In other
cases, hair diseases such as alopecia areata or spot baldness affect the hair drastically.

Unhealthy Diet

Having a poor diet can lead to hair loss. If you eat unhealthy foods, you will not have enough
vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can replenish your body. For instance, if there is too
little protein in your diet, your hair gets damaged and is unable to restore hair follicles.


Hormonal Imbalance
This is common for hair loss for women. It usually occurs during pregnancy, post-pregnancy,
and menopause. Hair loss also happens when you change your contraceptive pills.

Hair Maintenance
Excessive use of hair products such as shampoos, conditioners, gels, dyes, and the likes can
lead to hair damage and hair loss. If possible, use them in moderation.

Before we talk about hair loss, let's have a good understanding of hair growth because hair grows from the bottom of the follicle, and it nourishes by the blood vessel system in the scalp. 

 FACT: Hair growth is predetermined genetically, not by products.


The hair grows in three cycles:  

  • First Cycle Anagen is an active growth cycle; 80% of the hair is in this cycle at one time.  most of the hair last two to six years in this stage

  • Second Cycle Catagen is the transition from Anagen to Telogen, which is a short phase. The hair detached from its blood supply to make its way to the shedding phase, lasting only two or three weeks.

  • Third Cycle Telogen is the resting phase; it happens when the Anagen hair is pushing out the detached hair in the follicle; last only three to four months. So the hair that you see coming on your brush is hair on the Telogen phase, and it is reasonable to shed 60 to 160 hair a day.


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