Androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary condition causing hair loss, affects about 30 million America women. This is the most common cause of hair loss. Normally, when you lose a normal hair, the follicle is replaced by one of equal size. In women with androgenetic alopecia, however, the hair grows back thinner and finer. The hair follicles will continue to shrink until they just don’t grow back at all. This type of female pattern baldness usually occurs in the late 50s and 60s, but it can happen at any time based on a variety of genetic factors.
If you experience sudden hair loss, or you are experiencing hair loss despite the fact that your follicles are all normal size, you could have a medical condition. Some common medical conditions that contribute to hair loss are pregnancy, thyroid disorders, and anemia. It can also be caused by stress, physical trauma like surgery or intense illness, dramatic weight loss in a short time period, or too much vitamin A intake.
You could also be causing hair loss yourself by over processing your hair with dyes and heat styling; by using tight hairstyles like cornrows, braids, and buns; or by brushing it too much and aggressive towel-drying.
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