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Hair Loss

Hair loss during adolescence can mean a person may be sick or just not eating right. Some medications or medical treatments, like chemotherapy treatment for cancer, also cause hair loss. People can even lose their hair if they wear a hairstyle that pulls on the hair for a long time, such as braids.

Losing hair can be stressful during a time when you're already concerned about appearance. Most of the time, hair loss during the teen years is temporary. With temporary hair loss, the hair usually grows back after the problem that causes it is corrected.

Most people lose about 50 to 100 head hairs a day. These hairs are replaced — they grow back in the same follicle on your head. This amount of hair loss is totally normal and no cause for worry. If you're losing more than that, though, something might be wrong.

Some factors are due to styling, aging, nutritional deficiencies, weight lose, hereditary, gender, hormonal imbalances and/or environmental and lifestyle stress. The other type of stress-induced hair loss is known as alopecia areata, and involves a white blood cell attack on the hair follicles. With this type of hair loss, the hair also falls out within weeks (usually in patches), but can involve the entire scalp and even body hair. Hair may grow back on its own, but treatment may also be required.

Other Hair Loss Factors:
There are other factors that can also cause hair loss, including but not limited to:

  • Illness
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and birth control pill usage
  • Nervous habits
  • Chemotherapy

If your hair is thinning, or you’re experiencing baldness and it seems abnormal (i.e. if you’re in your teens or 20s, if it’s an odd pattern, etc.) it’s a good idea to see your practitioner to determine the cause. A healthcare practitioner can determine why the hair is falling out and suggest a treatment or remedy that will correct the underlying problem, if necessary.