Surprising Reasons You’re Losing Your Hair

Nobody wants hair loss yet millions of Americans experience it. And there are many reasons why your hair could be falling out. Some are more serious than others, but almost all of them come with a way to reverse the damage. Here are the reasons why your scalp is thinning or balding. (You may be getting too much of a specific vitamin, on page 10).

1. You’re not eating enough protein

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You may need more protein. | Shaiith/iStock/Getty Images

Hair is made up of protein. Protein is necessary for many aspects of bodily function. If you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, your body needs to ration its protein and use it where it’s most important — which is not the hair. As a result, your body cuts off the protein supply to the hair follicles. This can lead to a pause in regrowth. And since the average human loses about 100 strands of hair per day, if your body doesn’t replace it, you’ll notice thinning hair.

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