I do not know about you, but I was devastated when I found out I was losing my hair at the age of 50. But as I look back on it, I was slowly losing my hair over the past 20 years. So how come I started losing my hair gradually and did not notice it, but then all of a sudden it started coming out faster and was much more noticeable.
So what could cause this gradual loss and then the sudden increase?
When I was a teenager I had a full head of hair. Several years later I noticed that my hair was thinning. I found this out by comparing past and present pictures but did not think much of it. I thought it was just a part of growing old and not a specific hair loss condition.
When I did a little research on it I found it was normal for people to loss anywhere from 50 to 150 strands of hair a day. When I looked at the number of hairs I was losing, it appeared normal.
Then as I reached middle age I noticed in my washbasin there was a lot more hair strands than normal. Plus there was more hair in the shower drain and my wife was complaining about all the hair strands of mine she was finding. So it was time for me to get serious about my hair loss and do some research.
I started to do my research by looking at those conditions that could cause hair loss and eliminating the obvious.
Male Pattern Baldness– I quickly eliminated this one because if you look on packages of Rogaine or Minoxidil they had a picture of a man with male pattern baldness. My hair loss was not anything like that where it is receding from the hairline and with hair loss at the crown. True I had receding hairline but the hair on my crown was in tact.
Medicine– This could not be it because I was taking no drugs.
Scalp Infections– I had no scalp infections, even my hairdresser agreed.
Diet– My diet was fine, getting all the proper nutrition I needed from my food such as vitamin E and vitamin B, such as Biotin.
Stress– Though I was an executive for a nuclear power plant I felt I was not under any great stress.
I retired recently and now get up when I want to, do what I want and go to bed when I want. Guess what, my hair loss has stopped. Conclusion, because of my job, I was under stress and it was causing my hair loss and I did not even know it.
If you are losing your hair, you should look closely at stress. You may not think you are under any stress but you may be and it could be causing your hair loss.