Some causes of hair loss are easily avoidable. With some extra information and caution you can minimize the chances you will get alopecia.

Everyone with hair on their head loses 50-100 hairs every day. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, any loss beyond this amount qualifies as an abnormal loss, called alopecia, and has a lot of causes. Many of the causes of hair loss in women are unavoidable but a few of the most common causes of alopecia are avoidable.

Dieting to the Extreme

The core of each hair is made up of keratin, which is a protein. Without enough adequate protein in your diet along with the vitamins and minerals to help transition proteins into other types of proteins that build and strengthen the strands, you can cause significant loss. When your body does not get enough nutrition, it immediately starts shifting the nutrients it is receiving into the most important places. Your hair is one area where your body can skimp, because it is not vital to your overall survival. If you want to lose weight make sure you are dieting in a healthy way and not losing more than two pounds per week after the first couple of weeks of a new diet plan.

Hair Styling

One of the specific causes of hair loss in women is “traction alopecia”. This type of loss occurs when the hair is pulled or manipulated too harshly and causes the hair to be yanked out of the follicle. Hairstyles that can lead to traction alopecia include braiding, cornrowing and aggressive teasing or backcombing. According to, the most common hair processes are typically safe. If coloring, perming, bleaching or straightening is done as directed, it should not cause excess hair loss.

Hormonal Shifts

Some hormonal changes like the onset of menstruation and menopause are unavoidable, but you can avoid some other common hormonal shifts by understanding what your options are. Birth control pills are one way many women adjust their hormone levels unnaturally and they are a common cause of hair loss in women. Other ways you can prevent pregnancy do not have this effect.

Other hormonal treatments also contribute to hair loss in women, and one of the most common hormonal causes is thyroid disease. Once women reach the age of 65, one of five have some form of thyroid disease. According to, hair loss due to hyperthyroidism can affect the hair on the head, the eyebrows and hair on the body.