4 Reasons Your Hair Is Falling Out (And What to Do About Them)

BY Alix Turner · August 24, 2015

It is said that 40 percent of women will experience some type of hair loss in their lifetimes. 40 percent. It’s such a common beauty concern and yet nobody talks about it. This is why the American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month—to spur conversation and give those experiencing thinning hair and hair loss access to information and advice. To support this endeavor, we at Toppik are doing everything we can to help bring this issue to light. We believe no one should suffer in silence. So to get this conversation started, let’s begin with the why and how of hair loss—and what you can do about them.

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The Four Main Types of Hair Loss

1. Androgenetic Alopecia

What it looks like: Unlike males, who will lose hair in the crown of their head or on the top of the scalp, androgenetic alopecia (or female pattern baldness) is characterized by widespread thinning on the scalp. The first sign of hair loss is often widening of the part or the ponytail becoming smaller.

Why it happens: This is the most common form of hair loss in women. Genes play a large role in this disease, and it can be passed on from either the mother or the father and can start as early as the late teens.

2. Telogen Effluvium

What it looks like: You’ll see handfuls of hair caught in your brush, on your bathroom floor or on your pillowcase—and it usually happens during a stressful event. The good news is that once the stress has gone away and your body has readjusted, the fallout stops.

Why it happens: When hair follicles in the anagen (growing) phase or catagen (resting) phase abnormally transition to the shedding (telogen) phase, it is known as telogen effluvium, and this can cause unforeseen hair loss to happen.

3. Traction Alopecia

What it looks like: Receding hairline or balding where hair is normally pulled, twisted or excessively styled.

Why it happens: This condition is caused by tight hairstyles that pull at hair over time and cause damage to the hair follicles. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will grow back successfully. Braiding, cornrows, tight ponytails, extensions and weaves are the most common hairstyles that can contribute to traction alopecia.

4. Alopecia Areata

What it looks like: Hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

Why it happens: This type of hair loss is an autoimmune skin disease. At this time, it’s not known what causes the immune system to mistakenly attack hair follicles. Fortunately, hair regrowth is possible, but it’s unpredictable as to when and where the hair regrowth will begin.

How to Treat or Conceal Hair Loss 

To date, hair transplant surgery is still the only permanent solution to overcoming hair loss. However, most people are reluctant to go through it because of the cost (surgery can run anywhere from $3,500 to $20,000 per session, depending on the surgeon and the complexity of the problem). Fortunately, there are a couple of other ways to deal with thinning hair. Both solutions can be used in conjunction to achieve maximum results.

1. Concealing Products

If you are looking for a cosmetic solution for thinning hair or hair loss, a concealing product may be the right solution for your hair needs. Toppik offers two options available to help give you fuller, thicker hair.

Toppik Hair Fibers is the fastest and easiest way to cover any thinning areas. It’s made of natural keratin fibers that cling to your existing hair, instantly concealing sparse areas and giving the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. The best part? It stays on—even when you sweat—until you wash your hair with shampoo. Available in nine colors, Hair Fibers can be mixed to match any hair color.

Toppik Colored Hair Thickener features unique pigments that match the color of your hair. It comes in the form of a spray and is designed to cover up bigger areas of thinning. You can also use this as a root touch-up between coloring appointments. Like the Hair Fibers, Hair Thickener stays on until you wash it off with shampoo.

2. Regrowth Products

For anyone looking to regrow hair without the cost of a hair transplant surgery, reach for Toppik’s Hair Regrowth Treatment. This blend is formulated with 2 percent minoxidil, the only FDA-approved topical ingredient that’s clinically proven to help regrow hair. Most users report results in as little as two to four months after consistent use of two times a day.

READERS—Have you experienced thinning hair or hair loss? What did you do to cope with the issue? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

Alix Turner

Alix Turner works in the digital marketing department at Toppik. She is passionate about hair care and wants men and women to know the facts when it comes to thinning hair and hair loss. She enjoys reading, spending time at the beach and trying to be... Read More >