Our hair is popularly known as our “crowning glory” because it easily reflects an individual’s style and, usually, our personality.
So it’s only natural that losing our hair excessively can be problematic and stressful. It makes us worry and even makes us lose our self-esteem on really bad days and in severe cases.
But I believe that the key to control hair fall is to first understand where the problem is coming from so you can find the right way to solve it, or at least lessen the hair fall.
I want to write about this because awareness of this issue and the proper diagnosis is necessary to receive the appropriate treatment.
Keep reading for tips on how to control hair fall!
What causes hair loss in the first place?
1. Nutritional deficiencies
Your diet might be to blame. Our diet needs essential nutrients such as iron, copper, zinc and proteins to help avoid hair fall.
Vitamin D deficiency is also another cause of hair loss. In order to avoid this, make sure to get out and soak up some sun.
2. Hormonal Imbalance
If you’re the age of 30 or above, you may experience hormonal imbalance which can cause hair loss. And as far as I know, this is normal. Even though women produce mainly estrogen, testosterone and other hormones, androgens (such as DHEA) also occur in the female body. As women reach a certain age, they may begin to convert these androgens to DHT.
With all these chemical changes going on in our body and more, hair fall can naturally happen.
3. Thyroid issues
Your hair growth cycle may change and cause hair fall if the thyroid gland, which is at the front of the neck, produces excessive or an insufficient amount of the thyroid hormone.
For people who have preexisting thyroid issues, you will notice other symptoms along with hair loss like weight loss or weight gain, sensitivity to heat or cold, and changes in heart-rate.
4. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Androgens are produced at higher level than normal in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As a result, this imbalance causes hair to grow on the face and body, but hair on the head grows thinner.
Outside of hair issues, PCOS can also cause ovulation problems, acne, irregular periods, and weight gain.
5. Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills can definitely cause hair loss, and again, this takes us back to hormonal changes in the body. The hormones in the pill suppress ovulation and may cause hair to grow thin, especially in women with a family history of hair loss.
But sometimes hair loss can still occur when you stop taking the pill. Other drugs associated with hair fall are blood thinners and medicines that treat high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, and depression.
This one hits close to home! Extreme stress can cause sudden and severe hair fall which could last for several months! To counter this, you must relieve your stress through exercise, maybe some meditation and yoga.
And did you know that massages will reduce your chances of hair loss? This is my favorite fact so far.
7. Hair styling products
Over-treated or fried hair can lead to hair loss due to the toxic chemicals found in dyes and styling products, and the torture from heat styling. If you haven’t been reading your hair product labels, almost all shampoos have the ingredient Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which has a toxic effect on your immune system.
It has also been proven to corrode hair follicles and stop hair growth. Stick to natural, organic shampoos and hair dyes.
8. Medical Conditions
– Telogen effluvium
This is a condition where the person experiences hair shedding from all over the head. Usually, about a hundred hairs a day is lost but sometimes hair loss is aggravated due to stress, illness, medication or hormones. Hair typically grows back within six months.
– Androgenetic alopecia
This is the case where a woman’s hair thins on the top, frontal area, just behind the hair line, but stays thick at the back. An enzyme changes the male sex hormone testosterone into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which makes the hair follicles to form thinner hair until they stop.
– Alopecia areata
This is an autoimmune disease. It causes usually round patches of hair loss and can lead to total baldness in severe cases, but hair may regrow and it is not uncommon.
Unfortunately, this is something we all can relate to. As we grow old, the rate of our hair growth naturally slows down. And as if that’s not enough, hair strands also get smaller, have less pigment (lighter), and hair becomes finer, thinner, and grey. We have to do our homework to keep your hair healthy by eating whole foods which help to keep our body and hair youthful. There are also natural supplements that may help those with premature grey hair.
Androgenetic alopecia is a type of hair loss that is genetic and is known to be the most common cause of hair fall. The gene can be inherited from either your father’s or mother’s or either side of the family, and you’re more likely to have it if both if your parents have experienced hair loss.
What are some ways you can control hair fall?
Don’t just grab anything from the shelf. It is important to understand your scalp type and choose the right shampoo more than you think.
Also, you need to wash your hair depending upon your scalp. As an example, washing hair with dry scalp too frequently can lead to hair fall, or not washing oily locks only thrice a week can bring the same outcome.
Also, make-to-use shampoo is not packed with chemicals like sulfates, parabens and silicones that can make your tresses brittle and prone to breakages.
Conditioning is always a part of my bathing/showering routine because a good conditioner can work wonders for the hair. Find a conditioner with amino acids that help to repair damaged hair, and helps to keep your tresses smooth.
3. Diet and Exercise
The best kind of beauty comes from within. To feed your hair right, you need to feed your body right. Your diet should include all the right nutrients, especially protein and iron.
But a balanced diet is nothing without proper exercise. It is believed that meditation and yoga are effective in reducing hair fall.
4. Chemical Treatments
Frequent hair treatments like straightening, perming and coloring are definitely destructive to the hair. And as much as possible, don’t use blow dryers and curling irons especially on wet hair. Doing so will boil the water in your hair and fry the hair strands, which would then make them brittle.
But if it’s really necessary for you to blow dry, then only do it on the lowest heat setting. If using other products that heat your hair, use a fortifying leave-in conditioner before you apply the heating product and finish with a protective spray.
The physical motion of massaging the scalp with oil improves blood circulation and nourishes the roots. It is recommended to massage the scalp and hair once a week with oil that suits your scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap for two hours and wash it all off with a mild shampoo.
6. Too many styling products
Applying too many chemically laden products on your hair could be harmful in the long run. Make sure to give your hair a break and maybe try natural home-made recipes.
Do you have more suggestions on how to control hair fall? Please share them below!
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