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My Hair Seems To Be Thinning Out. What Could Be Some of the Causes of Hair Loss?
Every day we shed a certain amount of hair (normally 50-100 strands every day). As long as you aren't losing more than 100 strands a day or so, that's normal. This means you lose approximately 350 to 700 strands of hair a week. However, if you are loosing more hair than that you should visit a doctor before anything else. I am a poor substitute for a doctor's visit.

There are several things I can think of that can be causing your hair's thinness:

If you are tightly pulling your hair back in very tight ponytails, weaves, braids, cornrows, or extentions, this can cause major hair loss and balding, especially around the hairline. Pulling our hair back tightly can cause the massive damage of traction alopecia, and may even be permanent. If this is the case, you need to stop doing any of these things immediately, and find a healthier way to do your hair.

Are you a new mom? You may know this already, but hair practically stops shedding during pregnancy, but afterwards, you make up for lost time with lots of shedding. However,it should shed itself back to the thickness it was before pregnancy.

Another thought is protein. You need a certain amount of protein in your diet. Without it, hair is one of the first things to go. Books I've read recommends about 56-70 grams of protein a day for an average woman, depending on the amount of exercise she does. Hair is made of protein, and if you aren't getting enough, it's often the first thing to go.

Another thing may be that your hair is changing its texture. Apparently, and I'm still looking into this one, hair texture can change at different stages in our lives.

Another issue might be a thyroid issue. If you have trouble gaining weight, and are experiencing hair loss, these are a couple symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Have you been feeling jittery? Even if you haven't, many women have thyroid issues, some are mild enough that they go undetected for years. Thyroid issues are really easy to take care of, so it isn't a big deal, but it can cause hair loss until it's taken care of.

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