It happens to many of us. You’re in the shower, working up a lather – it’s a casual shampoo session that feels like any other. Then you look at your hands, see more than a few strands of hair, and know that life will never be the same.
Hair loss. Baldness. That old routine. When the scalp shines bright, confidence tends to dim. It’s a pain far too many of us know. In fact, two out of three men can expect to experience some form of hair loss by the time they turn 60.
Hair loss happens and there are a number of reasons why. The big cause is genetics. However, if every member of your family tree has enjoyed powerful and luscious locks for generations, then there are a few other possible reasons why those follicles might be falling. Here are some examples:
Physical Stress: This is a big one. The stress fallout of any sort of physical trauma like a major injury, a devastating accident, or even a particularly harsh bout of the flu can send your hair running to the hills. The good news is that this form of hair loss is typically impermanent and nothing to worry about – after all, if you’re experiencing this type of hair loss, you have more important things to worry about.
Emotional Stress: Though far less common than hair loss induced by physical stress, emotional stress can be just as devastating to your hairline. All the usual culprits tend to be responsible: death, divorce, job loss, the local sports team failing to give you the championship that you deserve, etc. This should also be little more than a temporary dabbling into baldness once you find a way to become more emotionally stable.
Not enough Vitamin B: While Vitamin B deficiencies are fairly uncommon, it happens and your hair will flee without enough of that precious B. Fortunately, this can be fixed through supplements (yes, including Elevate) or by balancing out your diet.
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Dramatic Weight Loss: If you’ve suddenly lost a ton of weight and lost a bunch of hair along with it, the two are likely connected. Even if a sudden shift in weight is good for you, the stress it puts on your body can cause your hair to flee. This should right itself within 6 months, once your body has recovered from the shock to your system.
Pregnancy: The often extreme stress of pregnancy has been known to cause hair loss. Fortunately, this is merely temporary and should right itself within a few months postpartum.
Medications: Certain medications ranging from antidepressants to blood thinners can also cause hair loss as a side effect. Your physician should be able to prescribe you an alternative that won’t harm your hairline.
Anabolic Steroids: There are so many reasons not to do steroids. Baldness is yet another reason to avoid that pesky (and illegal) drug. The good news is that if you stop popping, that hair will stop dropping.
Hypothyroidism: I know that’s a big intimidating word (a real Scrabble game changer!), but it’s important to wrap your brain around. This is a medical term for having an underachieving thyroid gland. The tiny gland in your neck is vital to your metabolism, growth, and development. If it’s not working properly, so much can go wrong and hair loss is but one symptom. Fortunately, this condition is easily medicated, so all those missing hairs will find their way back to your scalp.
These are just a few of the reasons that your hair might be falling out. The good news is that in many cases, hair loss can be reversed or slowed, by either removing the stressor or adding a supplement like Elevate to your lineup.
The other good news is that even if your male pattern baldness is unavoidable, it’s really not that bad. You can live a full and happy life without your hair. The secret is not caring because it really doesn’t matter. Anyone who would dismiss you entirely because of your chrome dome isn’t worth knowing anyways.