teenage hair lossHair loss is embarrassing at any age. But it’s especially tragic in your teenage years when hair should be at its fullest and most lustrous. Losing hair as a teenager can happen to either a guy or a girl. Here are some of the most common reasons for teenage hair loss.


Medications can sometimes result in teenage hair loss. Some of the medicines that are most likely to cause this include drugs for treating acne or depression. Certain antibiotics can also cause hair loss. The good news is this type of hair loss is temporary and will go away when you stop taking the medicine.

Hormone Imbalances

Women can have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which can start as early as the teen years. PCOS is a hormone imbalance that can affect up to 10 percent of women. The symptoms of PCOS include hair loss on the top of the head, excessive hair growth in other places, acne, and irregular periods.

Another cause of teenage hair loss can be an imbalance of thyroid hormones, which can affect males or females. Ask the doctor to test hormones if you think you may have PCOS or a thyroid hormone imbalance. These can be tested with a simple blood test and treated with medication.

Poor Diet

If you’re not eating a healthy diet, it can cause hair loss. A junk food diet can have a long list of symptoms that can wreck your looks, from losing hair to acne and even weight gain. Good nutrition can go a long way to create great hair, so this is one condition that’s definitely reversible.


Alopecia comes in several forms, all of which are genetic causes of hair loss. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease affecting both males and females which causes your body to attack its own hair follicles. Fortunately, it eventually goes away on its own.

Traction alopecia happens as a result of pulling hair back too tightly, such as in a ponytail. This affects girls more often than guys simply because more girls pull their hair back. Try using a softer ponytail holder if you need to pull your hair back.

Androgenic alopecia is also known as male pattern baldness. Unfortunately, one in four men who are affected by male pattern baldness start losing their hair before the age of 21. However, some medications may stop it.


It’s no secret that exams and arguments with friends cause a lot of stress. But this kind of stress can also cause your hair to fall out, too. Try taking up a relaxing habit like writing in a journal, doing yoga, or spending time with a pet.

At Transitions Hair Loss Centers, we know first-hand how hair loss can affect not only your appearance, but how it can affect your self-confidence and self-esteem, particularly in teenagers. If your teen is suffering from hair loss contact a transitions hair loss center nearest you today by clicking here.


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