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The ROOT of the Problem

For those of us with thinning hair: there is help! There are many products on the market that can help your thin hair look thicker and fuller. But understanding WHY your hair is thinning might be helpful, too.

You’ve probably heard that losing 20 to 50 hairs per day is normal. In fact, even losing up to 100 hairs per day isn’t a problem. But when your shower drain is full of hair, and people are plucking your rootless strands from your sweaters, your hair loss may not be normal.

Hair loss can be caused by a number of things, including external stress.

- If you’re under a lot of stress, your body goes into “overdrive” to take care of itself. Your hair is one of the “nonessential” systems that doesn’t need to be taken care of—at least right now. Don’t worry, once things in your life get back to normal, your hair growth should too.
- If you’ve recently had a baby, your hair might be thinning, particularly around the crown of your head. After a few months, you should be losing less locks, and new hair will grow in.
- If you’re taking certain types of medication, those medications may be causing your hair loss.
- While washing your hair is healthy, over-washing it and towel-drying it can cause physical damage and hair loss, called traction alopecia.
- Excessive blow drying and heat styling hair can make your hair brittle and prone to breakage. It may also permanently damage follicles, leaving your hair thin.

Many reasons behind hair loss are temporary. In the meantime, you may want to try a new hairdo, take the length up a bit, or style it in a new way. Once your situation changes, you should be growing healthy hair—once again.

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