People normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. As people age, hair tend to become thin. Other causes of hair loss are hormonal factors, medical conditions and medications.
Hormonal factors: The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. In genetically susceptible people, certain sex hormones trigger a particular pattern of permanent hair loss. Most common in men, this type of hair thinning can begin as early as puberty. Hormonal changes and imbalances can also cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation of birth control pills or the onset of menopause.
Medical conditions: A variety of medical conditions can cause hair loss, including:
Thyroid problems: The thyroid gland helps regulate hormone levels in your body. If the gland isn't working properly, hair loss may result.
Alopecia areata: This disease occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles — causing smooth, roundish patches of hair loss.
Scalp infections: Infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grow back. Other skin disorders that can cause scarring, such as lichen planus and some types of lupus, can result in permanent hair loss where the scars occur.
Medications: Hair loss can be caused by drugs used to treat: Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Heart problems, High blood pressure
Other causes of hair loss: Hair loss can also result from a physical or emotional shock. Many people experience thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. Hair loss can also be caused sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, or a death in the family.
Hair-pulling disorder: This mental illness causes people to have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair, whether it's from the scalp, their eyebrows or other areas of the body. Hair pulling from the scalp often leaves patchy bald spots on the head.
Certain hairstyles: Traction hair loss can occur if the hair is pulled too tightly into hairstyles such as pigtails or cornrows.