We all have a friend (or two) who’s obsessed with their hair. Maybe they’re fixated on frizz or can’t deal if it’s not stick straight—or maybe they’re paranoid that their hair is falling out. Thinning hair can be a big deal for any of us, so if you or one of your girls is shedding more than 100 or so strands a day (which is normal), it’s time to see your dermatologist. Rebecca Kazin, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology shares these common culprits…
- Thyroid disorder: A thyroid problem affects more than your weight and energy levels. Both an under- or over-active thyroid can cause hormonal changes that lead to thinning hair.
- Medications: Oral medications for acne or high cholesterol can interfere with hair growth. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your prescription has hair-related side effects.
- Crash diets: Starving yourself is never a good idea, and if you drop too much weight too fast, you may see hair loss two to three months later. Keep in mind a majorly stressful situation can have the same effect.
- Ponytails: Attention runners, spinners and anyone else who rocks a pony regularly… Too much tension on your hairs’ roots over a long period of time can make your hair fall out. Loosen up!
- Autoimmune disease: If you’re dealing with lupus or another autoimmune disorder, your hair may be the least of your problems—but your dermatologist can help.
Like I said, your dermatologist is your go-to expert for all things hair, and he or she may recommend a product like Women’s Rogaine.
This FDA-approved foam recently became available over-the-counter, and it offers proven results with just one application a day.
So before you start freaking out about hair loss, find out the source of the problem and do something about it! (And send this post to your hair-obsessed friend!)