Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

With the all effort we put into removing hair—shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, and the list goes on—you’d think that when it starts to remove itself we’d be happy. Alas, that is not the case—at least when it comes to the hair on our heads. No, that’s hair we’d rather like to hold on to. In fact, that’s the hair we take extra pains towards not only maintaining, but also building up. So, you can imagine how I felt when I began to notice my hair was falling out at an alarmingly fast rate, and at an age when I could not yet rent a car.

Thinning hair is one of the few taboos left in the beauty world—women don’t really speak about it. When we get the best, most thorough, most painless bikini wax, we’ll tell every woman who will listen. When we’re feeling particularly pleased with a successful date with Botox, we’ll happily share our experience. But when our thick, full manes start to lose some of their signature fullness, it’s all very hush-hush. Thick hair is undeniably tied to our feelings of femininity and youth. Sure, we accept the possibility that we may start to notice a bit of thinning hair post-menopause—but in our early twenties? Never. The truth is it’s more common than you might think, and it happened to me.

Keep reading and I’ll walk you through my version of the five stages of hair loss.