Hair loss is a common issue that often gets overlooked until it’s already made a large impact. For both women and men, hair loss can be a very real obstacle at some point in their lives. Statistically, 85% of men will have significantly diminished hair thickness by the age of 50, and 80% of women will experience some type of noticeable hair loss by 60 years old.
While many common causes of hair loss are well known, there are some that aren’t although they can be just as effective. In order to properly care for your hair, you should be aware of possible factors that might cause it to start falling out — even the uncommon ones.
Many people believe that hair loss is majorly caused by things such as genetics or disease but there are numerous other causes, including stress. If you experience constant or elevated levels of stress, it could have a variety of adverse effects on your health and well being. Long-term stress is often also described as anxiety, which causes your body to react in many negative ways. During periods of anxiety or stress, your mind and body are under large amounts of strain and after a certain period of time, your body/mind will begin to crack under the pressure. Besides headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and other issues, stress and anxiety can cause significant hair loss. There are three common types of hair loss attributed to stress and they are:
- Alopecia Areata: A sudden onset of hair loss in large clumps.
- Telogen Effluvium: More hairs prepare to fall out than what is normally typical.
- Trichotillomania: A habit, induced by stress, that causes a person to unknowingly pull out their hairs.
The best way to reverse the effects of stress-related hair loss is to remove the stressor. If you feel you may have an anxiety disorder, you can take a free online anxiety self-exam here.
There are certain contaminants in water that can contribute to hair loss. These contaminants can get into your water in various ways, including run-off from refineries and other industrial plants. As a matter of fact, more than 80% of the major hazardous waste sites located in the United States have adversely impacted the condition of nearby groundwater. While groundwater can be purified of up to roughly 95% of contaminants, traces of those pollutants can still be found in your water. Those pollutants in the water are elements such as selenium, mercury, lead, zinc, and aluminum which can all contribute to hair loss. There have also been traces of chemicals in water that will quite literally poison your hair such as arsenic and thallium. The best way to protect yourself against the adverse effects of these contaminants is to install a secondary water filter in your home to ensure all of the water you use is purified as much as possible.
The best way to identify the cause of your hair loss is to visit a specialist, but often times it can be attributed to a single significant source. Understanding what those sources are and how to safeguard yourself against them if possible can greatly reduce the effects that they have on your hair.