An estimated 95 percent of hair loss is genetic, but other factors, such as nutrition, overall health, hormone deficiencies, overcoloring of hair and emotional stress, can be controlled somewhat.


  • Wash your hair regularly in warm water and use a deep conditioner.
  • Eat a balanced diet. Nutritional deficiencies, eating disorders and excessive amounts of certain vitamins, such as A and E, can cause hair loss.
  • Take care of your health. Chronic illness, high fevers and infections can contribute to hair loss.
  • Stay away from harsh chemicals – permanent hair color and perms are the most damaging – and avoid coloring your hair more than once every six to eight weeks
  • Avoid hairstyles like ponytails and cornrows, which stretch and pull hair.
  • Keep in mind that it’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day.
  • Consult your general physician or dermatologist regarding concerns about hair loss.
How to Avoid Hair Loss

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