Everyone loses hair. And it happens more often than you think. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Americans shed around 50 to 100 strands of hair per day — and you rarely notice because they grow back in! However, most guys eventually notice that they’re losing hair and it’s not growing back. And this gets worse with age.
But there are a few main reasons why you’re losing hair — some are easier to treat (and reverse) than others. In this article, we’ll look at the top 3 reasons why you’re losing your hair and what you can do to stop and reverse it.
1. Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is by far the most common reason you’re losing your hair. The American Hair Loss Association estimates that male pattern baldness accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. Further, they estimate that two thirds of men start balding by the age of 35 — and by the age of 55, almost 85% of men have noticeably thinner hair.
Male pattern baldness is a genetic trait from your parents that makes your hair follicles shrink. Male pattern baldness is easy to spot — your hairline starts receding and your strands become thinner around the top of your head, creating a horseshoe pattern of your hair.
Male pattern baldness affects everyone differently. Some will start to lose their hair as early as their teens, while others don’t see noticeable hair loss until much later in life. Generally speaking, the sooner it starts, the more hair you’ll lose.
Male pattern baldness happens slower than other types of hair loss.
What you can do:
Your diet is another common cause for hair loss. When you don’t get enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs, you can experience hair loss.
For example, if you’re not getting enough protein from your diet, it can damage your healthy hair and prevent your body from building new hair follicles.
Another cause of hair loss is that you’re getting too much Vitamin A. Vitamin A is fat-soluble, meaning your body stores more of it than other vitamins that are water-soluble. When you have too much Vitamin A it can cause your hair follicles to reach the end of their growth phase much quicker. This causes your hair to fall out faster than you can replace them.
What you can do:
Good news — this is probably the easiest cause of hair loss to solve. Fix your diet, make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs. If you have trouble getting all the nutrients you need for food, you can take supplements.
3. Too much stress
Excessive physical or emotional stress (usually resulting from an injury, illness, or surgery) can cause two types of hair loss.
This is the more common and less severe type of hair loss caused by stress. When this happens, your hair stops growing and lies dormant. Then, it falls out 2-3 months later and typically regrows back within six to nine months.
This is less common and more severe. When you have alopecia areata, your white blood cells attack your hair follicles. This is a much more dramatic form of hair loss — usually falling out in patches within weeks and can affect your entire scalp and body hair. Treatment is usually required, but your hair may grow back on its own.
What you can do:
Reduce daily stressors in your life, exercise regularly, practice mediation, and reduce your alcohol and caffeine consumption.