We see it all the time — in one (or more) of our office buddies, our neighbors, the people we meet every day. It’s all around us. We go through our fatherâ€™s old photos and we see the shocking difference. We canâ€™t help but ask — what happened? It is normal to lose about 100 hair strands per day, but these certain factors cause some people to lose much more than that.
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve seen cartoons once or twice when the villain got so frustrated that he literally blew his top off with his hair flying off the top of his head. Really funny, huh? But it does have some truth to it. Excessive physical or emotional stress can cause hair loss in real life. There are two possibilities when it comes to stress-related hair loss: first, telogen effluvium, when the hair stops growing and falls out after about three months; and second, aplocia areata, which involves white blood cells attacking the hair follicles.
Yes, you can blame your parents for your hair loss as several studies have shown that hair loss can be linked to your genetic makeup. Most believe that hereditary hair loss is due to excessive falling out of hair, but the ‘falling out’ is actually not the main problem (we naturally lose hair, remember?). The challenge lies on the ‘growing back’ part. Some don’t restore lost hair as quickly as others do.
Men are also more susceptible to pattern baldness than women, mainly because pattern baldness can be associated with testosterone. The balding usually takes place when men reach their late 20s or early 30s.