Why is my hair falling out

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  • 1 Due to stress

    When a woman experiences a traumatic, physical event or undergoes surgery, for example, some of her hair might fall, as the hair cycle is shocked and jumps to the shedding phase. Hair loss could also result from emotional stress and anxiety. 

  • 2 Due to pregnancy

    Often after delivering a baby, a woman will experience some hair loss. The hair will soon grow out again, as it is a natural phenomenon. 

  • 3 Consuming too much Vitamin A

    According to the American Academy of Dermatology, taking too much Vitamin A supplements could trigger hair loss. 

  • 4 Not enough protein

    Since hair is made of a type of protein called keratin, the lack of protein in a person's diet could lead to weakening and falling of hair. See also List of food options that strengthen hair

  • 5 Due to heredity

    Some women may experience female-pattern hair loss, which is a genetic condition that leads to thinning of hair and hair loss. See also Why your hair doesn't grow

  • 6 Due to hormonal changes

    Hormonal changes or imbalance could lead to hair loss. These changes could be a result of birth-control pills, menopause or a thyroid gland problem. 

  • 7 Due to anemia

    Some women might experience hair loss as a result of iron deficiency, as hair loss is one symptom of anemia.  

  • 8 Due to Vitamin B deficiency

    One cause of hair loss is Vitamin B deficiency, which can be reversed by including fish, meat, vegetables and non-citrus fruits in your diet. 

  • 9 Due to autoimmune diseases

    Some autoimmune diseases such as lupus and alopecia areata result in noticeable hair loss that appears as round patches. 

  • 10 Due to sudden weight loss

    Losing weight dramatically could result in hair loss and thinning hair, which is due to the stress the body is subjected to. 

  • 11 Due to excessive styling

    Subjecting the hair to harsh treatments and heat styling could result in weakening the hair and leading it to fall out. Aggressively brushing the hair and tying it very tightly are also reasons for hair loss. See also Why keratin hair treatment is bad for you

  • 12 Due to medications

    Some medications could lead to hair loss such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants and thyroid medications. 

  • 13 Part of the aging process

    Some older people experience hair loss as a result of the natural aging process that the body goes through. See also Why do we develop grey or white hair