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The causes and the facts

THERE IS NO SINGLE CAUSE OF THINNING HAIR; THERE ARE MANY

Thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic, and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Hair cells reproduce at a faster rate than any other in our bodies, so they are also sensitive to changes in our health or environment. Addressing thinning begins with understanding what causes and contributes to it, and the early warning signs to look out for.

Known factors and reasons

DISCOVER THE SIX REASONS YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING THINNING HAIR

NUTRITION AND DIET

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MEDICATION

The hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes in the body. Any hormone therapy (including birth control) can contribute to hair thinning, as can steroids, specific chemotherapies, and medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and acne.

Other contributing factors

LEARN ABOUT OTHER PROCESSES THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THINNING HAIR

Early warning signs

HOW TO TELL IF THINNING HAIR MIGHT AFFECT YOU IN THE FUTURE