Morning after morning, you step into the shower and run your hands through your hair and massage your scalp. Upon pulling your hands back in front of your face you examine them only to find that there are several strands of hair entangled between your fingers. There is a moment of panic and a sinking feeling in your gut. Even if this happened yesterday, and the day before…the feeling stays.

Experiencing excess hair loss can be a scary thing, we never know how attached we are to our hair until it starts thinning out or we are experiencing heavy breakage. While having good dietary habits and making sure to get your daily amount of adequate protein and micronutrients is important, sometimes the hair loss can be out of your control. If you are experiencing thinning hair or excessive hair loss, here are some common medical related issues that may be the culprit.

Hormonal Changes/Stress

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One of the most common periods of hair loss for women is the period during and sometimes right after pregnancy. The reason for this hair loss is mostly attributed to bodily shock. When the hormones in the body suddenly shift to support a baby, this can have the unintended effect of shocking the hair follicles (which are very sensitive to your hormonal state) into the resting phase. Typically, about 90-95% of your hair is growing in the anagen phase while about 5-10% is in the resting phase. Hair that is in the resting phase has stopped growing and will fall out 2-4 months after having entered that phase. When a large majority of your hair enters the resting phase around the same time, this condition is called telogen effluvium.

This can be an alarming situation for many people as there is a trigger factor which then pushes the hair into the resting phase, then 2-4 months later it starts to all fall out rapidly around the same time—leading the person to believe it is something recent that is the cause, when in reality it was already set in motion. Telogen effluvium isn’t limited to hormonal changes due to pregnancy, stress itself can cause this to occur. If you were involved in an accident or some traumatic experience has occurred in your life it can be a potential cause of hair loss.

Thyroid Issues

Much like with pregnancy, thyroid issues can cause a cascading effect on your hormone levels and when left untreated, it can cause significant hair loss—typically on the top of the scalp. In many cases, the sides of the head tend to remain fuller than the top. The main problem when it comes to thyroid issues is that many people are unaware that they have a thyroid problem. Unless it runs in the family—and even then, it can be difficult to really pin down unless you already suspect it. Symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism are all too similar to everyday complaints many people may share—such as fatigue, mental fog, a sinking feeling or anxiety, or depression in some cases. If your symptoms are left untreated, eventually telogen effluvium is triggered (the hair follicles appear to be highly sensitive to thyroid hormone)

Hair Extension Professionals in Chicago

Did you know that most cases of hair loss due to telogen effluvium or thyroid related issues are only temporary? That’s a relief! Though it can take some time, shedding eventually stops and the road to regrowth begins. However, it’s not easy looking in the mirror and remembering your former glory, thankfully that doesn’t have to be the case!

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