I field a lot of questions and complaint about hair loss from my patients. Many of them want a quick fix or an answer as the "why," but it's not as simple as they'd like it to be.
I know how frustrating it can be to lose hair and feel totally helpless because I've dealt with thinning hair for many years. In my case, the stress of medical school, residency and life in general played a big role in my issue, but there are so many reasons why someone might be losing hair. From nutrition to hypothyroidism, hormonal changes to autoimmune disease, it's rarely a simple discovery.
I used to beg physicians to check my thyroid function, sure it was the root of my problem. But every time, the results came back normal. It took a while, but through trial and error, I finally figure out that a poor diet was causing my hair woes. It took a few months of eating healthier, more nutrient-dense foods, but eventually my locks regained their health.
If you feel like your hair is changing quickly and you're concerned, here are five common hair issues, what might be causing them and how to reverse them.