Discover 6 common reasons behind hair loss and what you can do about it.
We know hair loss can be worrying and scary. Before you start freaking out though, losing hair every day is totally normal. In fact, losing between 50 to 100 strands a day is natural. It’s just a sign your body is growing new, healthy hair to replace the old ones.
However, if your scalp is suddenly visibly noticable, your hair is thinner and seems to be falling out more than usual – here are 6 likely culprits, genetics and medical conditions aside.
Stress can affect the body in some surprising ways, your follicles included. When you’re experiencing something particularly stressful or traumatic, you may experience a temporary pause in hair growth as your body puts its resources towards getting you through the event. This shedding is usually temporary although with prolonged stress, the effects can be long-lasting.
Tip: Try to cut back on stress whenever possible and learn not to sweat the small stuff, take a short trip overseas or visit a spa for a de-stressing facial massage.
- Nutritional deficiencies
If you’re not eating properly, your hair (and health) could suffer. Protein is essential for new hair cell growth and if you don’t consume enough, your body won’t be able to replace old hairs once they’ve been shed. Lack of iron, vitamin D and calcium can also lead to hair loss so take a look at your diet and see if you’re consuming enough of the right foods.
Tip: Load up on protein-rich foods such as eggs, chicken, fish and soy.
Your hormonal system is delicately balanced and any change or imbalance can be blamed for a whole host of issues, hair included. Hormones support hair growth and when estrogen dips, your hair gradually begins to change as well. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth or the onset of menopause.
Tip: Use products targeted at restoring hair growth for an extra boost.
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- Rough handling
Years of pulling your hair tightly into a bun or ponytail can put stress on the hair, damaging the follicles beyond repair and causing progressive thinning of the hairline. Vigorous brushing, over-brushing and rough-drying can also lead to breakage and hair loss.
Tip: Show your hair some TLC. Try not to pull it too tightly, and avoid wearing one particular hairstyle for too long.
- Excessive styling
Frequent perms, dye jobs, chemical procedures (anything that uses harsh chemicals on the scalp and hair) and regular heat-styling weakens the hair, causing it to become brittle. A combination of treatments can permanently damage the hair follicles, causing hair loss.
Tip: Avoid overheating your hair and give styling a break every once in a while to give your hair a chance to rest. Consider a deep cleansing treatment that facilitates the growth of new hair while providing a boost of nourishment deep at your hair roots.
- Scalp conditions
An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation, making it difficult for hair to grow. Scalp conditions such as dandruff, scalp psoriasis or an itchy scalp can cause hair to shed more than usual. Healthy scalp = healthy hair so if you have any existing scalp issues, don’t ignore it.
Tip: Get a physical examination to determine the issue. The good news is, hair growth can resume once the conditions are treated and under control. Find out more about our Total Beauty Analysis in this article.
Handle your hair with care by investing in quality treatments with potent ingredients that will give your hair an extra boost, prevent hair loss and go one step further to stimulate regrowth. The good news is, stress and environmental factors are things we can control. The key is to detect signs early so you can make necessary lifestyle changes and get the treatment you require.
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