We might associate hair loss with stressed, middle-aged people, but believe it or not, it occurs in some teens as well. And no, the feeling of potentially balding as young as 14, 15 or 16 years old is not, by any stretch, good. But premature hair loss is real, and here are 5 reasons why:
5 Main Reasons for Teen Hair Loss
Teenagers are undergoing a major shift in their bodies. In young men, testosterone drives their physical maturity, giving them deeper voices and greater muscle strength. And in women, this same hormone becomes estrogen. It’s essential for both.
However, there can be too much of a good thing, and with testosterone, too much of it at in one specific period of time can result in hair loss, especially in young women.
2. Poor Nutrition
Young people can have notoriously bad diets full of fatty and high starch foods, such as french fries and chips. A balanced diet flush with fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods will help reverse hair loss caused by a lack of nutrition.
3. Too Much Activity in the Hair
There’s nothing wrong with keeping up with today’s fashion trends, but your hair needs a lot of care. In trying to style it, teens often make the mistake of using too much hair gel, straighteners, blow dryers, and curling rods. Such activity, especially on a frequent basis, will damage the hair.
Reducing the amount of styling — or at least the number of times you do it per month — will help greatly with preventing dry and weak hair.
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4. Prescription Medication
Some prescription medication for a range of conditions — including severe acne, PMDD, PCOS, and others — can have the side-effect of causing hair loss. However, before even thinking about a change in your dosage or use of this medication, speak to your doctor!
On a related note, birth control pills can also have an effect on causing hair loss.
5. Underlying Health Conditions
Hair loss can also be a result of underlying, internal health conditions, especially diseases such as diabetes, thyroid, and others. When compounded with the side-effects of certain medication, it’s difficult to overcome the problem of hair loss.
In situations like this, it’s worthwhile to consider a non-surgical hair replacement system, at least during the time you or a loved one is recovering from a disease.
3rd Dimension Studios designs custom-fit non-surgical hair replacement systems for individuals of all ages. No matter the situation of your young loved one, we’ll help them feel confident and happy with a hair system that brings out their best, every day. Let’s talk!