According to experts, people shed more than 100 hairs every day. You may think this is alarming, but you have so much hair on your head that it is impossible for you to go bald. You have 100,000 hair follicles and 90% of them produce hair almost all the time. Whenever you lose hair, a new one will grow back to take its place.
Unfortunately, a shock to the system can cause you to stop growing hair. Incidents, such as surgery, taking medications, giving birth, problems with thyroid, stress, and crash diets, can cause your hair to remain at a resting phase. You will soon see that your hair is not only falling out, but also thinning. You may notice that your hairline is receding, which usually happens in men – even those who are still young.
When you turn on the TV or read magazines, you can find ads for hair products. Unfortunately, you may not be interested in them if you have a receding hairline. Partial baldness or having a receding hairline can be distressing, especially since we live in a world that is obsessed with hair and beauty. However, you should know that hair loss or alopecia is common and is part of growing older.
There are various types of hair loss, but the most common is male pattern baldness. This happens when your hairline retreats at the front part of the head and thins on the temples and the crown. Most men who are around 50 years old experience this, but there are also some who are affected by this while still young. As mentioned, this is common, so there is nothing to worry about your health. The female counterpart of this type of baldness is generally due to genetics, but can become worse after menopause.
What Your Hair Says about You
If your hair is receding and it is dry and thin, you may want to stop using hair dyes and hair blowers. Swimming in chlorinated water can also cause this problem. However, this can also signal that you have a problem with your thyroid, particularly the condition known as hypothyroidism.
Meanwhile, if you have scaly patches on your scalp that start at your hairline, this may mean that you have psoriasis. It appears like dandruff, but it is much thicker and has a scab-like appearance. If your hair thins over your whole head, you may be stressed, which can either be physical or psychological. Diabetes, infection, and flu can cause sudden hair thinning.