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It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness. But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary—a vitamin deficiency—to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.
In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause. Here are some common and not-so-common reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head. The hair loss quiz below will you understand more about it.
Hair Loss Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
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Styling products like hair spray and dye can make you lose your hair forever.
If you overdo it with products or don't use them right, hair can get brittle. That could cause the shaft to break. But any hair loss should be temporary. Permanent loss comes when the root of your hair is hurt.
To keep your hair healthy, stagger appointments so you get a perm one time and color the next. See if you can go a little longer between touchups than your stylist recommends -- maybe 10 weeks instead of 8. Skip "long-lasting" sprays. While you're at it, let your hair air dry when you can to give it a break from harmful heat.