Why is my hair falling out?!
Category : Hair
Don’t panic! If you are combing your hair and you find a few strands in your comb or if you have to vacuum your bathroom carpet every other day. Losing a bit of hair is not a problem; it is completely normal to lose on average about 80 to 100 strands every day. The problem comes if you notice that the hair is not growing back and is actually thinning out. Excessive hair loss can be distressing, especially if it comes out in big clumps.
Sometimes I look at my bathroom floors and counters and think, “How am I not bald?”
Thinning hair and hair loss is common in both males and females. There are many potential causes for hair loss and it can sometimes be a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact problem. Sometimes the solution is easy, like improving your diet, but in other cases it could mean an underlying health condition.
Let’s have a look at the two main types of hair loss.
Is your hair falling out genetic?
Unfortunately you could be genetically predisposed to your hair falling out. This is more commonly seen in Male Pattern Baldness, the hair follicles are sensitive to certain male hormones. These hormones can cause the follicles to shrink and this produces shorter and finer hair. Scientists are still seeking a cure, but there are treatments out there that may help. Treatments include medication or the more drastic route of hair transplants.
Is there a trigger causing my hair to fall out?
Excessive hair loss is not only a genetic issue, it can also occur due to something affecting the internal balance of the body. Things like experiencing severe stress or not taking in a balanced diet.
Improve your Diet
Eating a healthy balanced diet is important to help maintain proper hair growth. If you are not getting the vital nutrients you need, this might be affecting your hair growth. You need enough protein, iron and vitamins for optimum hair growth. Along with things like Iron, Vitamin B-12 is just as important. A vitamin B12 deficiency can have an effect on red blood cells, which carries vital oxygen to all the tissues in your body. This deficiency is quite common in Vegans, since Vitamin B12 comes from animal proteins. So if you are not getting enough vitamins from your food, it is important to make sure you add to your diet some quality supplements.
Stress and Hormones
If you are experiencing a lot of stress, this can contribute to your hair fall out. Stress increases androgen which is a male hormone and this in turn can cause hair loss. Stress can also affect your diet and eating habits which won’t help the situation.
Other stresses on the body such as pregnancy, sickness, emotional stress amongst others can cause an imbalance with hormones. This kind of hair loss is also known as Telogen Effluvium, your body reacts to the stress by placing the hair follicles in a resting phase. The hair then moves faster into the ‘Telogen phase’ which is the shedding of hair. Hair loss can occur from three months after the initial stressor.
This type of hair loss can also be due to taking certain drugs, such as antidepressants or anti-inflammatory drugs. If this is the case then asking you doctor to change or adjust the medication might be a solution to your hair loss.
Overuse of hair care products and styling
How often do you style your hair? Heat, chemicals and products can all contribute to hair loss. Extreme temperatures can cause your hair to split and dry out, eventually leading to hair falling out. So go easy on the heat and be aware of the products that you put onto your hair.
Hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid can contribute to hair loss. The gland produces hormones that can aid hair growth and development, and is important in the whole metabolism process in the body. Pay a visit to your doctor who can easily perform a test to determine if you have a problem with your thyroid. Medication usually takes care of this issue and your hair should return to normal.
Hormonal changes as you enter menopause may have an effect on your hair. Just as everything else ages, so does our hair so it is part of the natural ageing process.
There are many different ways to help treat and prevent hair loss, from simply reducing your stress levels to taking prescribed medication. Make sure to pay a visit to your doctor to rule out any physical causes. If you would like to try some more natural ways at home, here are a few ideas. (https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/natural-hair-loss-remedies/)
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