These 8 Reasons for Hair Loss May Surprise You

Typewriter writing alopeciaAre you one of those individuals asking the question, “why is my hair falling out?” If you are, then you are one among millions of people asking that very question.

Because hair is important, people around the world spend billions of dollars collectively to ensure that their hair is looking its best and that it remains exactly where it is meant to be. For a woman who experiences hair loss, she can be devastated. Some don’t think that that devastation exists in men since it is more common in men, but it really does.

For some individuals, hair loss is simply the result of aging. For others, it is an effect of illness. Then there are those that don’t have the slightest idea why their hair is falling out, so they go to a doctor or to a hair loss clinic and they ask the question, “why is my hair falling out?”

Sometimes the answers can be rather surprising:

1.    Pregnancy

For some women, their hair gets thicker during pregnancy because of the vitamins that they have to take. For others, they lose their hair because hosting another life can be rather tough on their bodies.

The reason why this happens is because a woman’s body focuses primarily on the nurturing of her baby. The blood supply demand and the baby’s need for nutrients can cause the woman’s body to be challenged.

2.    Thyroid problems

Imbalances in the thyroid can be a cause. You may watch your co-worker eat all the sweets she wants and not gain a pound, but here you are not eating nearly as much and you’re gaining weight and losing your hair. This is a sign that something may be going on with your thyroid, so you should get it checked out immediately. Getting your thyroid in check can get your hair loss and your weight in check.

3.    Trichotillomania

Yes, that is a rather long word. If you’ve ever heard someone say that they are dealing with something so extreme they want to pull their hair out, some women really aren’t joking when they say that. This is a condition where a woman may pull the hair out of her head and then pull the hair out of any part of her body. This pulling sensation produces a feeling of pleasure, which is why it is such an addicting habit. However, the condition is caused by a number of stressors.

4.    Female pattern baldness

There is female pattern baldness, just like there is male pattern baldness. This is something that both men and women are genetically predisposed to. Once established, it is something that is difficult to break. It usually starts and remains in the crown area, but it can spread to other areas of the head, especially the hair right above the ears.

5.    A bad diet

All that fast food and ice cream that you eat may be going to your head…literally. When you eat badly, more than your pant size is impacted. Some nutritionists say to not eat foods that are high in artificial colors and dyes. They even say to stay away from artificial sweeteners and preservatives because they can contribute to hair loss. Eating fruits, veggies, and healthy grains can have a positive impact on the hair upon your head.

6.    Visits to the hairstylist

Obsessively dying hair or opting for hair styles that are rough on the hair can cause the hair to come out. Also wearing the same type of style all of the time or wearing a ponytail everyday can lead to traction alopecia. This is a condition caused by the constant pulling effect. This is something that impacts African American women that wear their hair in braids all of the time.

7.    Shock or trauma

Recovering from something traumatic can cause the hair to fall out. The stress that is put on the body causes the body to go into a defensive mode with the hair being the last thing on its list of things to preserve. This is something that happens two to three months after a trauma.

8.    Autoimmune diseases or disorders

An autoimmune disease is a condition that develops when the immune system is depressed in some way. The immune system sees healthy cells as invaders and they attack one another. This is something that can lead to hair loss and is actually one of the most common hair loss reasons because there are so many autoimmune diseases out there.


If you are experiencing hair loss, it may be for one of the above reasons or another reason not listed. When looking for a hair loss remedy, South Coast Hair Options can help. Call us at 508-995-7085 or complete our contact form to learn more about what we can do for you.