Losing from about 50 to 100 hair strands a day is normal. But when too much is lost, say about 200 hair strands a day, then the question what causes hair loss becomes a topical one. Therefore, you should consider the following possible causes for you to be informed.

What causes hair loss

Heredity
Most often, hair loss is hereditary. It may be by the genetics of both mother and father or either one of them that you inherited their baldness. You may also have relatives that are bald and that’s why you have excessive hair loss. This hereditary hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia.

Iron deficiency
People who don’t have enough iron or people who are anemic are likely to have excessive hair loss. This can be prevented by taking iron pills and foods that are good sources of iron such as pumpkin seeds, soybeans, white beans, spinach, oysters, clams and other organ meats.

Hormones
Hormones somehow contribute as the biggest factor on hair loss causes. Hormones stimulate both hair shedding as well as hair growth. They may cause thinning through the head caused by a certain androgen called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When a person has a lot of androgen receptors in his/her hair follicles, DHT can attach to it causing more hair falling out.

Childbirth
A lot of women after giving birth to a child often wonder what causes hair loss in them. In two or three months after delivering a child, most women experience loss of hair after combing and stroking their hair. This can actually last up to six long months but will eventually return to its normal state. After a woman recovers from childbirth, positive hormonal changes usually occur in nearly all cases preventing hair from falling out further.

Thyroid disease
An overactive and underactive thyroid is one of the wide-spread causes of hair loss.

Drugs
Taking some medications may have side effects of hair shedding too. Some of these drugs include medicines for arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, blood pressure, heart problems, depression, blood thinner and many others.

Cancer treatments
Undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapeutic medications will effect to hair loss too since it cause hair cells to stop from dividing. A few weeks after being treated, 90% of hair strands slowly become thin and easily break.

Major surgery or illness
Shedding of hair may occur after a body system’s shock due to major surgery or illness.

Fungus infection on the scalp
Infection such as ringworm which is a contagious fungal infection causes balding in most young children. Small patches with scaling like dandruffs are signs of a ringworm infection.

Stress
Stress, may it be mental or physical, is another factor that causes hair loss from about 3 months after the stressful event. Fortunately, this is only temporary. In most cases normal hair growth happens after recovering from stress.

Excess vitamin A
Too much vitamin A in the body can result in rapid hair shedding too.

Low protein intake
When a human body doesn’t get enough proteins that it needs, it allows hair to be in resting phase and prevents it from growing.

Some other causes include:

  • Weight loss
  • Severe flu and fever
  • Vigorous grooming
  • Eating disorders
  • Hair cosmetics such as frequent bleaching, abusive use of gels, dyes, sprays and other cosmetic hair products.
  • Menopause
  • Aging
  • Hair styling such as blow drying, brushing and shampooing.

When you notice excessive loss of hair and you don’t know what to do, you might as well consult a hair specialist to attend to your needs, to figure out what causes hair loss and choose the appropriate treatment.

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As it goes with famous bald men, female celebrities also have to part ways with their hair for this or that reason. For some of them it is a conscious choice or a matter of necessity, for others it’s a natural way of things and nothing can be done about it. Still, all famous bald women in the following list seam to reap benefits from their condition and they are not ashamed of their baldness at all.

Who said that long hair is an indispensable part of woman’s sexiness? Well, Amber Rose proves the opposite. The American model deliberately shaves her head and it makes her one of the sexiest bald women ever.

Bjork. This extraordinary Icelandic singer with expressive vocals and passion for the musical (and visual) experiment was shot bald in the video Hunter showing her transformation into a polar bear (with the help of CGI). They say she didn’t really shave her head but wore a bald cap for this video.

Britney Spears is a rowdy American pop superstar who has sold over 85 million of her albums worldwide. Perhaps, she is most famous for shocking her fans by shaving her head bald in 2007. A controversial deed was her manifestation of rebellion and insanity and stirred quite a scandal.

Cassie, or Cassandra Ventura, is an American singer, dancer and model. In April 2009 Cassie completely shaved the right side of her head explaining it as the need for a total change in her life. It must be said she looks cool with her new “Edward Scissorhands” hairstyle.

Quite often celebrities agree to go bald to star in movies. For example, the Australian award-winning actress Cate Blanchett (born on May 14, 1969) shaved her head for the role of Philippa in the movie Heaven (2002).

Demi Moore, an American actress, also readily said farewell to star in the movie G.I. Jane. She played the role of Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, the first woman to undergo training in U.S. Navy. Though Demi looks very feminine and beautiful she proved that she could be badass on the screen as well.

As with many other ladies in the list, the baldness of Eve Salvail helped her reach a greater success. Not only Eve shaved her hair but also made a Chinese dragon tattoo on her bald head. Quite soon after that her extraordinary appearance was recognized and she became one of the top fashion models.

Sometime baldness is not a matter of a conscious choice. The Scottish model and TV presenter Gail Porter suffered from severe alopecia areata until she finally made decision to shave her head bald. She said it felt like a new beginning to her.

Kylie Minogue is another misfortunate celebrity that had to part ways with her splendid hair. In 2005 the Australian pop diva was diagnosed with breast cancer and lost most of her hair because of chemotherapy. Fortunately, Kylie could regrow some of her hair and could boast of her new short and sexy hairstyle.

Natalie Portman is another actress who famously went bald to play the role of Evey Hammond, a young woman who is rescued from state police by a vigilante “V” in the science fiction movie V for Vendetta (2006).

The Indian actress Persis Khambatta shaved her head for the role of the Deltan navigator Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. According to the movie Deltan race was bald, yet very sexual. Looking at the adorable Persis you can’t but agree with it.

Shabana Azmi (born on September 18, 1950) is one of the most famous actresses of Indian parallel cinema. She got rid of her beautiful hair in 2000 for the film Water directed by Deepa Mehta, an award-winning Canadian film director and screenwriter.

What do you think is the most badass female role ever? No doubt, it’s Ellen Ripley in the Alien series played by Sigourney Weaver. Baldness really contributed to Sigourney’s toughness in the 3rd installment.

Sinead O’Connor is a famous Irish musician who suffered from hair loss problems but managed to make her own style and trademark out of her baldness. One of her well-known statements is “I don’t feel like me unless I have my hair shaved.”

Thea Chassin is a special person in the world of bald (and balding) women. Her mission is not to let any woman feel alone with this condition. Thea has been suffering from alopecia areata since 1997 and lost all her hair on the scalp and body. So she founded her organization Bald Girls Do Lunch bringing together bald women through supportive lunch events.

Well, lives of celebrities are all about their looks. And, as you can see, sometimes bald can look cute, cool and cunning.

Here is the alphabetical list of most popular bald male celebrities of all time.

There is an assumption that intellectual activity can cause baldness. Adolf Anderssen (July 6, 1818 – March 13, 1879), a German mathematician and a leading chess master, is a vivid example of that.

If you believe in the idea that one may inherit baldness from his mother’s father, then Aeschylus’s grandchildren were lucky. Aeschylus, an ancient Greek playwright, is recognized as the father of tragedy. And he was also the bald father of two sons.

Albert II (born on March 14, 1958) is a sovereign prince of Monaco and the head of the House of Grimaldi. As you can see, a bald one.

Quite often celebrities are loved not only (and not so much) for their professional achievements, but for their appearance and style. And many people believe that Andre Agassi, an American tennis player and former World No. 1, looks great when bald.

Anton LaVey, a high priest of the Church of Satan, is another example when baldness is a matter of style, or rather personal beliefs. On Walpurgis Night, April 30, 1966, he shaved his head in the ritual tradition of ancient executioners declaring the foundation of his notorious organization.

Ben Kingsley (born on December 31, 1943) is a bald English actor famous for playing the role of Mohandas Gandhi in the film Gandhi (1982). Mohandas Gandhi is also in the list – read on!

Who doesn’t know the perfectly bald head of Billy Zane? A lot of people agree that the famous American actor looks incredibly sexy without hair.

Bruce Willis, a bald American actor and producer, successfully proves that the supposition that bald men are more virile and sexually active is not a myth.

Craig Venter is an American biologist who is considered to be in top 100 of the most influential people in the world. And undeniably in top most bald people as well. By the way, his complete DNA sequence has been published to shed some light on the cause of male pattern baldness.

Baldness can be to a great advantage. Agree that Jerome Lester Horwitz, better known as Curly Howard of the comedy team the Three Stooges, won’t look and even sound that funny and hilarious without being bald.

Though we can’t be sure about previous Tibetan spiritual leaders but the 14th (and current) Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is definitely bald.

David Suchet (born on May 2, 1946) is a British actor, best known for his role of Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot. A genius bald actor. But was the genius detective really bald?

Domenico Dolce is an Italian designer who founded the famous fashion company Dolce & Gabbana together with his partner Stefano Gabbana. Scrubby vs. tall, bald vs. hairy – they really make a contrasting and successful combination to look at.

Fabien Barthez was one of the best French goalkeepers who won the 1998 FIFA World Cup Championship Euro 2000 with his national team. No wonder, he is bald as a football.

Another French bald personage, fictional this time. Fantomas is a criminal villain that has become world-famous through the Fantomas trilogy starring Jean Marais as Fantomas and Louis de Funes as a commissaire. Funny as it may seem, Jean Marais was never bald in real life what can’t be said about his film persecutor. By the way, Louis de Funes is taken separately in our list.

As far as it goes about fictional characters, the most famous animated one is undoubtedly Homer Simpson, the father of the typical American family. If all American fathers worked at a nuclear power plant, they would probably have the same hair condition.

Hunter Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) is the father of Gonzo journalism, a unique style of journalism which includes the reporter as a part of the reporting story. Taking into account that H. Thompson extensively used psychedelics and alcohol to make his reports, no wonder that he became bald pretty soon.

Jason Statham is another bald British actor and martial artist. It has to be said that his bald image perfectly suits his roles that he played in the movies Guy Ritchie, Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Revolver.

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American diplomat and the 6th president of the United States. A bald president. Were there bald presidents before? And how many were to follow?

Jordan Rudess is a famous American musician. Being a very versatile creative person he is most famous as a virtuoso keyboard player of the bands Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment. Being bald doesn’t prevent him to be the most renowned keyboard wizard of all time.

Larry David (born on July 2, 1947) is an American actor and one of the creators of such TV comedies as Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is also famous for his joke saying that bald men are greener because they don’t use shampoo or hairdryers.

Laurence Fishburne is an American actor, playwright, producer and director who has never been absolutely bald in real life. But if he didn’t played the role of Morpheus, the bald captain of a hovercraft in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, he would not reach such a success.

Louis de Funes (31 July 1914 – 27 January 1983) was a French actor who is best known for his role of the bald Fantomas persecutor (Fantomas was also bald and probably had skin problems). He is considered to be one of the giants of French comedy. There is no doubt about it – just have a look on his face!

Michael Chiklis is another bald American actor. He is famous for starring in the TV series The Shield and The Commish. His baldness certainly contributes to the toughness of his characters.

Michael Jordan, a basketball superstar, was the first professional athlete who shaved his head and did it really cool. No other bald man has been copied that much by the youth since then.

Michael Stipe (born on January 4, 1960) is a bald vocalist for the alternative rock band R.E.M. With or without hair Stipe’s head always created complex, surreal and beautiful lyrics.

Mike Tyson, also known as Iron Mike, remains the youngest heavyweight champion and the most famous bald boxer ever. His boxing style was ferocious and his behavior – controversial.

Mikhail Gorbachev (born on March 2, 1931) was the (bald) head of state of the USSR from 1988 to 1991. Obviously the Soviet leader never planned Perestroika about his hair.

As you can see, or rather hear, baldness of Moby by no means diminishes his great talent of a musician, DJ and songwriter.

It is rather popular to be bald among Hindu. Mohandas Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) , the political and spiritual leader of India, was bald as well.

Patrick Stewart is an English actor who is best known for his charismatic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek and Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men. Despite his baldness he was called “The Sexiest Man on TV” in 1992.

As it often goes with very intelligent people, Paul Zane Pilzer, a famous economist, entrepreneur, and the author of best-sellers, cant’ boast of the head full of hair.

Pierluigi Collina (born on February 13, 1960) is considered to be the best football referee of all time. His bald head remarkably contributes to his distinctiveness and popularity.

Sean Connery is probably one of the most successful actors who played James Bond. It’s interesting to note that he began going bald already when he starred in dr. No. Just imagine that super-heroes also lose hair!

Steve Austin, also known by the ring name “Stone Cold”, is a professional wrestler and actor. He shaves his head bald and does it cool.

Telly Savalas (January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994) is the first modern day actor to play bald Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. But he is most famous for his role as bald detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak.

There is no certain age period when male patter baldness becomes pronounced. For example, Terry O’Quinn (born on July 15, 1952) who played John Locke on the TV series Lost has been bald since his early 20s.

Tupac Shakur was a controversial American rapper who became one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Who knows whether he would be that popular if he didn’t shave his head bald…

Have you noted that any time a bald guy shows up on the screen something badass is going to happen? Vin Diesel is the best example. His bald head probably has a great bouncing surface what makes him kick assess with such ease.

William Shakespeare, a world-famous English poet and playwright, was bald on the top of his head but he had hair on the sides of the scalp. Perhaps, it would be really bold to shave the head completely bald at that time (16th century).

Yul Brynner, a Russian-born actor, shaved his head for the role of Mongkut, king of Siam, in the musical The King and I (1956) and remained bald deliberately after that. Some seek to regrow hair, others do the opposite thing.

The list is by no means complete – more bald candidates are always welcome!