I have been asked this question several times. There are a great number of reasons why hair loss occurs.

Let’s look at what could cause thinning edges and other forms of alopecia.

Hair loss can occur anywhere on the head...even on the body

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  • Genetics: You are predisposed to androgenetic alopecia thanks to your genetic make-up.
  • Bad Practice: You do not treat you hair well. Depending on what exactly you are doing, this can lead to traction alopecia. It may also lead to dried up hair follicles (which means that the follicles will never produce hair again) or hair that is of “low quality”.
  • Illness/Stress: You are undergoing some sort of emotional stress. An illness can also result in hair falling out. Alopecia Areata is actually an autoimmune condition.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: Your hormones are out of whack for a number of reasons – pregnancy, you may be taking hormone shots or it could even be caused by stress. Also, hormonal levels tend to fluctuate sometimes.
  • Poor diet: Your hair needs certain vitamins and nutrients to nourish it, strengthen it and keep it growing.  Your diet will reflect on the quality of your hair.

As you can see there is more to hair loss than just a 5 minute discussion which is why when people ask me to talk about hair loss, I am usually at a loss (pun intended) as to where to begin to tackle the subject.

I was hoping that I could lay the foundation with the Hair 101 series and then segue into hair loss as I find that it is easier to follow if one understands a bit of hair science.  I ran into some trouble as the last one seemed too technical. I will attempt to finish and then we can launch into tackling the topic of hair loss properly.  We will then wrap up with treatments and suggestions to prevent pre-mature hair loss.

If you agree with this plan, let me know!

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African Naturalista

Aww, you are not alone. I look at the edges of my friends’ hair and they keep asking me what they can do. I don’t normally know where to start from. Maybe when you start posting the series, I’ll just be giving them the link.

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