Why You're Losing Hair
Half of us will experience hair loss or shedding in our lifetime, and while rising stress levels certainly don't help, even healthy habits can be indirect culprits (think: habitual gym ponytail). "Almost a third of my practice consists of women who have thinning concerns," Dr. Day says. Among the top causes she sees? Telogen effluvium, a.k.a. stress shedding, which can happen a few months after any shock to your system, from the good (childbirth) to the bad (a layoff) to the ugly (an epic breakup). She also sees alopecia areata (an autoimmune disorder that typically causes hair to fall out in round patches), a genetic predisposition toward hair loss (this is where female-pattern baldness comes in), nutrient deficiency, traction-related thinning (the result of chronic extensions or tight ponytails), simple aging, and even overprocessing (chemically straightening, heat-styling, and more). Once you know your woe, it's just a matter of finding the right fix.