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Lifting Weights & Hair Loss

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Lifting Weights & Hair Loss
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Hair loss occurs as a result of unlucky genes, certain medications, long-term stress, illness, nutritional deficiencies and, often, after childbirth. If you've ruled out all of these potential causes, you may wonder if a ramped-up weight-training program is the culprit. When you have an excess of testosterone, it converts to a compound that can cause hair follicles to shrink -- thus causing hair loss -- in rare instances. Most often, however, your hair loss has been occurring for some time, and you've just now begun to notice.

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A Rare Side Effect

If you've just begun a weight-lifting program, it's unlikely to be the reason you're losing hair. Hair takes three to five years to cycle in growth -- that's loss and regeneration. Ramp-ups in testosterone usually occur for a limited time just after a weight-lifting session, but not usually long enough to cause noticeable hair loss. If your weight-training program includes the use of testosterone-increasing supplements or anabolic steroids, you may accelerate hair loss.

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