Why Is My Hair Falling Out? Teenage Hair Loss

We usually associate hair loss with older adults because for many people, it is a part of getting older. However, teenage hair loss is a common problem that many teens aren’t prepared for. This is because many teens just aren’t aware that it could happen to them at such a young age. For teens, it can affect their self-esteem, confidence and social life.

If you are a teenager, this may be a question you are asking yourself.  Why is my hair falling out? Don’t worry, you are not alone! This happens to a lot of teens and we are here to help. Here are some of the most common causes of hair loss in teens.

Alopecia Areata – This is a type of baldness that comes in round patches.  It can affect any hair on your body and usually occurs in more than one place.  For example, the top of your head, the sides of your head or your arms and legs. It is estimated that 1-2% of Americans suffer from this, including teenagers.

Male Pattern Baldness – Unfortunately, teenage baldness may run in the family. This is the most common type of hair loss that affects two thirds of all Americans.

Female Pattern Baldness – Yes, teenage girls can experience hair loss as well. This typically happens to females during their final teenage years to their early 20’s. Practicing stress management and a nutritious diet are important steps in dealing with female pattern baldness.

Traction Alopecia – This is a type of hair loss that occurs when hair is tied too tight for long periods of time.

Excessive Styling – Some may use a lot of hair products or constantly run a comb or brush through their hair to keep it looking perfect.  This will sometimes cause hair thinning. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to correct.

Prescription Medication –  Some prescription medications that treat Thyroid disorders, acne and contraceptives can cause hair loss. Check with our doctor if you think your prescription medication is causing an issue.

Poor Diet – Your skin and your hair are a reflection of what you eat. Eating healthy will promote strong hair follicles and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy head of hair.

Learn more about hair loss and restoration by contacting us for a free consultation. DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers have five locations across New England. We have clinics in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut!