The answer is: probably. Hair loss is extremely common during aging, and statistically speaking you have a bigger chance than not of grappling with it eventually. All that said, some factors can make you a little more susceptible to hair loss. This article discusses 3 of them. The best ways to arm yourself against hair loss consist of a working knowledge of family history and the ability to objectively assess your lifestyle. The sooner you pinpoint a potential cause for hair loss, the sooner you can work to counteract it. So with that in mind, continue reading to find out 3 of the biggest risk factors for hair loss and see if any of them are applicable. If they are, it doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to lose hair—it just means you should keep an eye out for stray clumps of hair and start setting a strategy for what to do if that happens.


1. Age


“If you notice that your hair is thinning gradually, you may attribute it to a natural condition that comes with aging. Understanding why this occurs with age and how to prevent problems can help you fight hair loss as you grow older. This problem is especially prominent in aging men, although women also suffer from it.” ~ For Health Tips and Healthy Living

balding man

balding man

Age is the single biggest risk factor for hair loss—for both men and women. The majority of people experience receding hairlines around middle age, although some start losing their hair as early as their twenties or thirties. Put simply: losing hair is a normal circumstance in the aging process.

For many, it’s an inevitability. There are things you can do to refill those bare patches and stop them from getting bigger if you start strategizing early enough, but the facts of life say you are going to part with at least some of your hair by your forties and fifties. The older you are, the more susceptible you are to this pattern.


2. Genetics


If Mom or Dad (or Mom and Dad) ended up balding, you are more likely to do so, as well. Via simple biology, people tend to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Sometimes genetic inheritance is as basic as eye color or the shape of the nose. Sometimes a parent bequeaths his or her knack for a certain hobby or perhaps a high metabolism. In many cases, offspring receive a higher risk of diseases or disorders their parents faced. And don’t stop with the nuclear family—trace medical history back at least as far as your grandparents if you can, and also look at cousins, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, etc. If a number of them ended up with pattern baldness that you don’t want to end up with, you’ll want to know that sooner rather than later.


3. Bad Hair Hygiene


If you yank at your hair with the brush, it’ll break and tear and come out in clumps. If you pull it in too tight of a braid, your scalp will be screaming at you for it—it may even scar, in the worst cases. If you want to keep your hair as you grow older (see Section 1), you want to make sure you start taking proper care of your hair now. Use a comb instead of a brush—it’s gentler on those tangles. Choose hairstyles that don’t give you a headache. Simple choices like that could save your full head of hair in the long run—or destroy it.


And a video by Dr. Josh Axe with six secrets to reverse hair loss:

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