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Temporary Hair Loss Causes

Causes of Temporary Hair Loss:

  • Physical stress: surgery, illness, anemia, rapid weight change.  The hair loss usually occurs 3 months after the event that caused it and may take another 3 months after the event ends to resume.
  • Emotional stress: mental illness, death of a family member.  Again, the hair loss usually occurs 3 months after the event that caused it and may take another 3 months after the event ends to resume.
  • Thyroid abnormalities.  
  • Medications: High does of Vitamin A -- Blood pressure medications -- Gout medications.
  • Hormonal causes: pregnancy or birth control pills.  Hair loss frequently occurs when the body's hormonal levels are noticeable altered. This can occur due to pregnancy, or going on or off birth control pills.   This type of hair loss is usually temporary. Diet: Women appear to be more subject to hair loss due to dietary reasons than men. Low iron levels are the most common dietary reason women experience hair loss, although other vitamins and minerals may be involved.  Also, the intake of a diet high in animal fat directly leads to the increased incidence of balding because the higher levels of animal fat cause the oil glands in the hair follicles to grow, leading to more DHT production and therefore more damage to the hair follicles. 
  • Hair shaft breakage is when part of a hair breaks off, but the growing end remains in the follicle and continues to grow. Hair shaft breakage results in thinner hair, and can be caused by excessive styling, chemicals, sun, and chlorine in swimming pools.
  • If your hair loss is due to a short-term event such as stress, pregnancy, and the taking of certain medications in these situations, hair will grow back when the event has passed.  Substances (including hormones), medications, and diseases can cause a change in the hair growth and shedding phases and in their durations.  When this happens, synchronous growth and shedding occur.  Once the cause is dealt with, hairs go back to their random pattern of growth and shedding , and you hair loss problem stops. 

As stated above many of these types of hair loss are reversible on their own with time.  But, some people choose to use a hair loss treatment to speed up the hair regrowth.