We find them in the hair brush, on the pillow or on our clothes: the hair comes and goes, and losing some hair is completely normal. But if they are large quantities or the hair is becoming less thick overtime, it is time to determine whether the hair loss is excessive and find out what causes hair loss problems.
How much hair loss is considered not normal?
On average, we have about 100,000 hair and out hair cycle goes through different phases. In these phases, approximately 15% of the hair falls and is replaced by new hair. Each hair has a limited life span of between 2 and 6 months.
It is normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day that goes through periods of growing, resting, falling out, and regenerating.
Therefore, it is only considered that you have hair loss issues when it falls off more than normal. Finding the causes of hair loss is important before seeking for treatment.
Identifying the different reasons that causes hair loss....
Genetic causes is the most common and affects mostly men usually losing the hair on the crown. However, about 50% of the women are also affected by genetic baldness.
Male Pattern Hair Loss: It starts above the temples and continues around the perimeter and the top of the head, often leaving a ring of hair along the bottom of the scalp.
Female Pattern Hair Loss: In women, hair slowly thins all over the scalp, but the hairline usually doesn’t recede. Many women experience this type of hair loss as a natural part of aging, although this may begin any time after puberty. Female pattern hair loss can cause hair to thin dramatically.
When internal and mental tensions such as problems or concerns last for weeks or months, various physical reactions can occur, including hair-loss. Hair loss that is already developing can also get worse.
This is because stress causes hormonal imbalances which can affect your skin and scalp with excess oil production or extreme dryness.
This is common when one feels stress, they can notice a sudden outbreak of pimples/acne on the face. Similarly, this can happen on our scalp as well causing various scalp problems that leads to hair loss.
3. Hormonal Changes
There is also different phases of a woman's life where she is sure to experience hormonal changes.
After childbirth, the hormonal balance changes with decrease in estrogen levels. Hair loss may also be related to the contraceptive pill causing hormones changes.
Menopause in older females will also experience excessive hair fall.
Sudden weight loss is a form of physical trauma causing huge hormonal changes leading to excessive hair fall.
4. Lack of Nutrients
An unbalanced diet or eating disorders can lead to an inadequate supply of nutrients can also cause hair loss. Strong and healthy hair needs vitamin A, iron and protein, among others.
Certain factors like diet, genetics, health and age does play a crucial role on how fast hair grows. Although genetics and age is something beyond control, proper diet can definitely be adhered to. It should have right amount to nutrients, otherwise might cause excessive hair fall.
Balanced diet having right nutrients can stop excessive hair fall and promote growth.
The above photos shows some of the best foods for hair growth.
For most people, hair gradually becomes poorer with age. This happens for both men and women. It grows more slowly and its texture becomes thinner.
There is no way to prevent hair loss due to aging as it is a natural process that everyone needs to go through.
But looking after and maintenance of your scalp health does plays a part of slowing down the hair loss process due to aging.
6. Medications and Medical Conditions
There are many medications and drugs that causes hair loss. This happens a lot especially with western medications.
If this happens to you, you can consult your doctor to switch to another type of medication if there is any alternatives or reduce the dosage of your current medication.
Medical conditions like hypothyroidism and cancer treatment like chemotherapy causes severe hair thinning but they are reversible with proper treatment.
7. Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata is an auto immune condition that causes hair to fall out suddenly. The immune system attacks hair follicles, along with other healthy parts of the body. Hair from the scalp, as well as eyebrows and eyelashes, may fall out in chunks.
This is quite a common condition which effects many people regardless of age and gender.
The hair loss is nothing more than a few patches, though in some cases it can be more extreme.
Sometimes, it can lead to the complete loss of hair on the scalp (alopecia totalis) or, in extreme cases, the entire body (alopecia universalis).
8. Excessively tight hairstyles
Some hairstyles such as tight braids and hair extensions put a lot of strain on the root. Especially when we take them daily, so we are always pulling the roots.
So avoid from tying your hair too tightly and go easy on the pony tails.
9. Chemical Hair Treatments
Chemical dye contains chemicals like ammonia and peroxide that is detrimental to scalp health and weakening the hair shaft.
This can become a problem when older people want to cover their white/grey hair is they are touching up their hair roots with chemical dye on a monthly basis which causes them to lose even more hair faster.
Bleaching the hair is another bad effect on the scalp as it hair bleach can cause burns to your scalp. Resulting in chemical burns that causes serious damage to your scalp and hair follicles, which results in more hair falling off.
Other chemical hair treatments like perming solutions and hair straightening chemical treatment like rebonding also causes adverse effects on your scalp condition and weakens hair roots.
10. Problem with your Shampoo
Chemicals found in our drugstore commercialized shampoos causes build ups that clogs hair follicles, makes the hair and scalp dry and cause sensitive scalp problems.
Silicones causes build ups that are bad for your hair and causes damage to your scalp too. Build ups also causes dandruff or sebum that clogs hair follicles, which leads to hair loss and hair thinning. They do not wash out easily, leaving hair feeling heavy and greasy at the end of the day.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS/SLES)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS/SLES) is the ingredient in shampoos that we recognize as the lathering agent, but it is also the deviant culprit or cause of many hair loss issues. The continued exposure on the hair and scalp will certainly make the hair and scalp dry out and certain sensitivity issues could appear.
Parabens are common preservatives which are found in shampoos, cosmetics and many hair products. May present the onset of bacteria in hair products but look out for words ending in – parabens such as methylparaben and propylparaben in the ingredients list.
They are similar to fragrances because of the effect they can have on a person’s hormones. Parabens are actually also linked to breast cancer.
Propylene Glycol has been classified as a skin irritant. This chemical in added in shampoo to help with the consistency. This will cause the scalp to absorb the other chemicals found in the shampoo getting all the nasty stuff deeper in to your skin and into your body! These chemicals are toxic and cause much more than hair loss.
Chemical Fragrances makes your shampoo smells nice but they actually cause hormonal imbalance. Hair loss has been proven to arise from changes in hormone levels as we talked about earlier.
Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine
Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine are two chemicals that causes irritation to the skin and destroy keratin which is a key component of hair. This eventually leads to dry, brittle hair that breaks off easily.
Switch to Natural Shampoos
Sometimes by simply changing to a natural shampoo that is free from chemicals as mentioned above, our hair growth battle will already be won by half as these chemical ingredients are detrimental to your scalp health.
Check out our natural handmade shampoo bars in our E shop that have 14 different variants to target different scalp conditions. Each shampoo bars yields 80-100 washes which is equivalent to 3 bottles of 250ml liquid shampoo that can last you a good 3 months for only $14 USD. That is less than $5 bucks per bottle that you would spent on a commercial/drugstore normal shampoo.
Besides, this is much healthier for your scalp and the ingredients we put into it targets hair growth specifically.
After understanding and identifying the reason or reasons that contribute to hair loss......
This is the first step in finding the solutions to your hair loss problem by being able to know and understand why it is happening to you so that you can target the root of the problem which may help you faster in solving hair loss.
Do drop us an email if you would like further help in identifying your hair fall problems or get free advice from our hair doctors and trichologists.
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