The problem of thinning hair may be caused by a genetic predisposition that comes from a family history of thinning hair or may come from a variety of other problems. Health problems such as Hyperthyroid or Hypothyroid conditions; medications such as chemotherapy, any hormone replacement medications including birth control pills are culprits often overlooked and are typically triggers for telogen effluvium hair loss. It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.
Are you Stressed?
Thinning hair associated with telogen effluvium can also be attributed to stress and trauma that can cause constriction of blood supply and poor vitamin assimilation to the scalp and hair. Or, simply from poor nutrition and diet that can include a high consumption of animal fat, high protein and fad diets. Even external environmental toxins and pollutants, such as chlorine, metals, minerals and water pollution cannot be ignored. All these factors can be causing your hair to look thinner and shed excessive amounts.
Age and hormones
Most people naturally experience some hair loss as they get older. But age, changing hormones and heredity cause some to lose more hair than others.
Female-pattern baldness starts with the replacement hairs becoming progressively finer and shorter. They can also become almost transparent.
It has been recorded that about 50 percent of women who experience hair loss have telogen effluvium and not female-pattern baldness! Unfortunately, it has the potential to become permanent just as in men but is not always the case. There has been various cases of perimenopausal women, for example, experiencing thinning and lost hair who, once their hormone levels become balanced, can experience the thickness of previously thinning and the regrowth of lost hair that occurred during the ebbing and flowing hormonal years.