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5 Causes of Hair Loss You Didn’t Inherit

5 Causes of Hair Loss You Didn’t Inherit

Sometimes hair loss is hereditary, but you might be surprised to find that there are many other reasons that have nothing to do with your DNA. Here are just a few surprising causes that don’t draw from the gene pool.

1. Medications.
Prescription drugs can sometimes come with hair loss as a side effect. Common culprits include blood thinners, antidepressants, birth control pills, and medications for heart problems, blood pressure, arthritis, and gout. If you notice more hair than usual falling out after starting your medication, check with your doctor! You may need to find an alternative prescription.

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2. Iron-deficiency anemia.
The source of this health condition could be an insufficient diet or problems with iron absorption. Iron is one of the key nutrients your body needs to grow healthy hair. It helps to deliver oxygen to your hair follicles, supplying your hair with all the essentials. If you have iron-deficiency anemia, hair loss is a common effect.

3. Heated hair appliances.
Has your hair has been looking like a frayed and frizzy crime scene? Your curling iron, hair straightener, and blow dryer are high on the suspect list. The constant application of high heat to your hair can damage it over time, and this breakage can eventually lead to thinning and hair loss if you’re not careful.

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4. Stress.
It’s inevitable that stress will make an appearance in your life from time to time, but sometimes the stresses are more traumatic. Major events like the death of a loved one or financial strain can cause hair loss by the handful. The impact of traumas like these often take a couple of months to manifest, and the start of regrowth can take anywhere between 6-8 months.

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5. Man buns.
Trendsetters, beware; this stylish hairdo has a darker side. When hair is tightly pulled back, the force on your follicles can lead to traction alopecia, which means you are gradually losing hair from the constant pull on your hairline. This strain can even cause scarring, so take care to loosen up the bun (or any tight hairstyle) before you head out the door.

No matter what the cause of your hair loss may be, there is always a solution. Our Scalp Med products are specially formulated to nurture growth at the root and to help you attain the full, healthy head of hair you desire. 

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