On an average everyone loses between 50 and 100 hairs per day. The average lifespan of hair is 3 to 4 years. Ninety percent of the hairs on head are actively growing. The 10 percent are resting, a stage that lasts between 2 and 6 months, after the hairs fall out.
If your hair loss is more than 50 to 100 hairs a day, it has a variety of causes. Hereditary balding is the most common cause of hair loss. Hereditary balding affects both men and women, although in different ways. Menís hair- lines recede and eventually join bald spots on the top and back of the head. Some women notice a slow or episodic thinning on the front of the head. The earlier the thinning starts, the worse it is likely to be.
Also, some prescription drugs can cause hair loss like Certain blood pressure medicines, anticoagulants, antidepressants, and antiarthritic and antigout drugs. Radiation and chemotherapy used to treat cancer can cause people to lose up to 90 percent of their hair. Birth control pills can cause increased hair loss while they are taken and for several months after the pills are discontinued. Rising and dipping hormone levels can also cause hair loss in women. Many women may lose hair after childbirth, and a few have hair loss during menopause or during post- menopausal hormone therapy.
Crash diets have been implicated in hair loss, and ringworm , a fungal infection, can cause scaly bald spots. Hairstyle traction baldness can occur in those who wear tight braids or ponytails.
Although there is no cure for hereditary baldness, there are some remedies like :
Use toupees, wigs, or hairpieces to cover thinning or bald areas.
Color or perm your hair, but avoid overbleaching, which causes hair breakage, use a hair dryer for more volume, Wash daily with a gentle shampo.
If you suspect your hairstyle is causing your hair to fall out , avoid curlers, braiding, ponytails or anything that puts traction on the hair.
Surgery is available to transplant hair to your head from other parts of your body.
Discuss options with your medical provider.
Signs that needs proper action are
Sudden hair loss with scabs or scales on scalp, pain, soreness, or tenderness.
Bald spots suddenly appear, rather than slow symmetrical thinning.
Suspicion that a drug may be causing hair loss.
Bald spots and scaly spots, pus, or scabs.
Gradual hair thinning or loss.
If it occurs 2 to 3 months after surgery, major illness, or childbirth.