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10 Weird Reasons Why You’re Losing Hair, and How to Overcome Them

Ransack the Internet and you’ll come across a hundred reasons of hair loss. Some blame your crazy genes and others relate the trouble to one health disorder or the other.

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However, not many will tell you about the most unusual, unheard-of reasons why your hair is falling out. Well, to expand your know-how, here are some of the weirdest reasons behind those tresses that cover your comb:

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Reason #1: You have a habit of scratching your scalp frequently:

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It’s a natural tendency if you have an itchy scalp because of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (There we go again! Another health disorder leading to hair loss!). However, if you have developed it into a habit simply for the heck of it, get ready to experience some massive loss of your tresses.

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Do you know the consequence? You are annoying the follicles, disrupting the cuticle, and making the strands more prone to breakage. Split ends are sure to happen. Put a check on your habit before you go bald.

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Reason #2: You are a hardcore fashion follower:

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You are a fashion junkie and the first amongst your friends to try out a new hairstyle that’s trending. You dye your hair too often and mercilessly use that flat iron of yours. Great, you are the fashion queen.

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But, do you know that you are leading your tresses to their doom? Excessive use of bleach, dye, chemical agents, blow dryers and straighteners can make your hair brittle.

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Consider yourself lucky because these damages are reversible. Become less fashion-concerned and you can soon get back your gorgeous tresses.

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Reason #3: Your hair undergoes a lot of abuse when wet:

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The tresses are most delicate when wet. At this stage, they are very prone to breakage and damage. This is because water saturates the cuticle layer so much that it is raised from its normal level.

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Never brush your hair right after shampooing. Don’t use a dryer or beat your hair with a towel. Instead, dab it with a soft cloth.

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Reason #4: You use hot water to wash your hair:

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This is the worst thing to do. Heat and steam work together to open the pores of your scalp, leading to loosening hair follicles and roots. The result, of course, is hair loss.

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To overcome such issues, always use cold water to wash your lovely tresses. And, even if you are using hot water, remember to pour a mug of cold water after you are done washing.

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Reason #5: You wear your hair too tight:

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The more you strain your scalp and the follicles, the weaker your tresses become. The results can be devastating. You will start losing hair in the forehead first, followed by an ugly, receding hairline.

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Soon, you will be left with only a little or absolutely no hair. And yes, this is something which would be very difficult to back-pedal. Would you like it? So, act when there’s time. Wear your hair loose. Also, never leave your hair tied while sleeping.

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Reason #6: You are running a temperature for quite a long time:

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Yes, your hair may fall out even when you are suffering from high fever. Your illness causes stress on your body, leading to hormonal changes and the disruption of the blood circulation process.

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Meanwhile, during this, the hair follicles become damaged leading to hair loss. The good news is, this condition wanes when the fever subsides.

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Reason #7: You are on a whole lot of birth control medication:

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Birth control pills lead to a hormonal shift in your body, which takes the tresses from the growing stage to the resting stage very quickly. This condition is triggered more if you are already prone to genetic hair loss.

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Know that your birth control pills are to be blamed if you happen to notice a significant loss of hair along the sides of your scalp after consuming them. If this is the case, then it’s better to consult your gynaecologist and lower the dosage of your medication.

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Reason #8: You have recently stepped into menopause:

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No, it’s not a health disorder; it’s a natural part of every woman’s life. However, menopause is a psychologically stressful period, and witnesses a drop in the levels of hormones in the body. Why and how menopause causes thinning is still a baffling issue for scientists.

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The deepest impact is felt at the roots of your tresses, which may lead to a loss of hair. This loss is limited to the forehead and sides of your scalp. At most times, a multi-therapy is needed to correct such conditions.

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Reason #9: You have had an accident recently:

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An incident as major as a car crash or as trivial as a slip in the bathroom is enough to make you shed your hair like crazy. The psychological stress, which you undergo post an accident, is the prime culprit.

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And, why only accidents, you may experience a lot of hair fall when you hear about a dear one’s sudden demise, or even when there’s a divorce coming up. Although we often let such issue slide, they may be the silent causes behind receding hairlines.

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There’s nothing much to be done in such cases. Just stay relaxed and calm. That’s it.

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Reason #10: Your helmet can be another cause:

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This safety gear that you love so much could be the reason why you are losing hair like hell. Helmets are certainly never good for your tresses. They tend to make your scalp sweaty. This weakens the follicles and the result is hair loss.

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If you have to wear your helmet for a long time, then try opening it every now and then to keep your scalp dry. Also, as soon as you get home, remember to shampoo your tresses to get rid of the accumulated sweat.

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Endnote:

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The loss can happen even to the best of tresses. Like everything else in this universe, your hair, too, has a definite lifespan. The better you maintain it, the more it is prolonged.

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However, not all losses are reversible. If you are suffering from any such case, it is always wise to opt for a hair transplant surgery in India, if need be. Don’t freak out because the result is amazing. And above all, this is a permanent solution to the pesky trouble.

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So, save your mane. Plump for this wonderful treatment today!

About Dr. Maneesh

Dr. Maneesh Sonthalia, one of the renowned cosmetic surgeons in Kolkata has performed several hair transplant with successful results that has left the patients with natural looking hair without any scars. He holds his graduation degree from Kolkata Medical College and is a Master of General Surgery from PG Hospital. Later on he achieved his M.Ch in Plastic Surgery also from PG Hospital.

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