“There are a lot of different reasons why your hair could be shedding,” Killeen says. “These include genetics (which is the most common cause for men), hormonal changes (pregnancy or birth control), stress, harsh chemical hair treatments, illness, medications or a vitamin deficiency (particularly Vitamins A, C, D and other nutrients such as Zinc and Iodine).”
Rodney went into detail about some of the common causes of hair shedding below:
Traction alopecia: According to Rodney, this is one of the biggest causes of hair loss. “This condition happens due to the excess pulling on hair follicles thanks to hairstyles like ponytails, buns, hair extensions, braids, and weaves,” she explains. “This causes extra traction on the scalp, increasing shedding on the hairline and nape.”
Excessive heat styling: Your hairdryer, straighteners or curling iron could be putting your hair at risk. “These practices dry out the hair shaft and make it brittle and weak. Some shampoos and hair products can also increase shedding,” she says. Limit your use, and don’t forget to use products that can hydrate and protect your hair.