We find a ton them on our hair brushes, on our pillows, on our clothes and all over the floors in our homes. It is worse than seeing a cockroach. I am talking about your hair. Does your heart sink every time you see a chunk of it on your bathroom floor? Losing some hair is completely normal. But, if they are in large amounts, or if your hair is rapidly becoming thinner over time, it is time to determine if the hair loss is excessive and find out what is causing your hair loss.
How much hair loss is considered not normal?
The average person has about 100,000 hairs on our heads and each of these hair goes through different phases. 2 of the main phases are the Growth Phase and the Resting Phase. 90% of our hair follicles are in the Growth Phase, fortunately, where your hair is growing and in place and this goes on for about 3 years. The remaining 10% of your hair follicles are in the resting phase and these are the hairs that are usually found on the floors of your homes. Of course, they do not all fall at once, but through traction, like you comb your hair and other similar forceful actions.
It is normal to lose anywhere from 50 to a 100 strands of hair per day as it goes through the different phases. Growing, Resting, Falling out, and Re-growing.
Therefore, do not be alarmed to see your fallen hair everywhere. However, if you find that there is an increasing amount of hair clogged on your bathroom floor, then maybe it is time to look into it. Finding the causes of hair loss is important before seeking for treatment.
Identifying the different reasons that causes hair loss....
Genetic are the most common causes of hair loss and men are the biggest victims of it causing them to lose hair starting from the Crown area, the Frontal area or both. About 50% of women are also affected by genetic baldness through thinning, unlike the crowning glory of men. Pun intended.
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: Pattern hair loss defers greatly for women. Instead of having such balding patches like men in their frontal and crown, women’s hair slowly thins all over the scalp and usually comes along with age. Women’s hairline usually does not 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 in your body, definitely, in a negative way, including hair-loss, as your body takes a beating. Hair loss that is already developing can also get worse.
This is because stress causes hormonal imbalances which can affect your skin and scalp that results in, on one hand, excess production of oil or on the other side of the spectrum, extreme dryness.
This is common when one feels stress, they would notice a sudden outbreak of acne/pimples on the face. Similarly, this can happen on our scalp as well causing various scalp problems that leads to hair loss. One comforting fact is this: hair loss coming from stress is usually reversible.
3. Hormonal Changes
There are also different phases of a woman's life where she is bound to experience hormonal changes.
One of them is after childbirth, whereby the decrease in estrogen levels will cause severe hormonal changes and imbalances. The sacrifices of a women. Once again, the body takes a beating.
Contraceptive pills are another reason that causes hormonal changes that results in Hair loss.
Then, there is Menopause, that usually happens to older women, which will also result in excessive hair fall, as women produce more male testosterones during this period which are converted into DHT. Dihydrotestosterones.Sudden weight loss is also a form of physical trauma, examples like anorexia, causing huge hormonal changes leading to excessive hair fall.
4. Lack of Nutrients
An imbalanced diet or eating disorders can lead to an inadequate supply of nutrients that results in 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 are beyond our control, a proper diet can definitely be conformed to. We require the right amount of nutrients for our body, without which, might cause more hair to fall as the hair follicles are unable to sustain them.
A balanced diet and having the right nutrients can stop excessive hair fall and promote hair growth. Some examples are potatoes and various forms of nuts that would provide the necessary supplements for your body.
Vegetarians do not have it easy as they may lack certain proteins that are easily accessible by consuming meat. In our later videos and training programs, we will talk extensively into food nutrition that will benefit you greatly. The knowledge will be extremely essential not only for your hair, but also for your total well-being.The above photos shows some of the best foods for hair growth.
For most people, hair gradually becomes thinner or lesser with age. This happens for both men and women. It grows a lot slower and due to the body’s slowing down process, the hair follicles are unable to grow the thick hairs that you once had.
Asides from hair transplants, there is really no way to prevent hair loss due to aging as it is a natural process that everyone will go through.
But caring for your hair with the proper knowledge and the maintenance of your scalp’s condition does play a huge part in the slowing down of the hair loss process caused by aging.Remember this important fact. Asides from doing hair transplants, there is nothing that we can do to prevent hair loss when it comes to the likes of aging and genetics, however, you definitely have all the tools, knowledge & medicines in this day and age to slow down the process. That is one part where you are able to control.
6. Medications and Medical Conditions
There are many different types of medications and drugs that causes hair loss. Flu medications are just one example of them. This is especially common among western medications.
If this happens to you, you can consult your doctor to switch to another type of medication if there are alternatives. Another way is to reduce the dosage of your current medication, which might not be a viable option for you.
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 in patches over an extremely short period of time. The immune system attacks hair follicles by mistake, along with other healthy parts of the body. Hairs from the scalp, as well as eyebrows and eyelashes, may fall out in chunks.
This is quite a common condition which effects many people, irregardless of age or 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). However, majority of the cases have seen their hairs grow back.
8. Excessively tight hairstyles
Some hairstyles such as tight braids and hair extensions put a lot of strain on the roots of your scalp. Each time we stress the hair roots, especially when you tie your hair up during sports, or put a hair band when you go for a jog, as we are pulling on the roots. Other ways this can happen is having the same hair parting on your head for way too long. You will notice that the particular area around the parting starts to have hair loss. Motorcycle helmets are also known to cause hair loss. These are called traction alopecia.
Try to avoid from tying your hair too tightly and go easy on the pony tails. For guys, try to change the parting of your hair every once in a while.
9. Chemical Hair Treatments
Chemical hair dyes contain chemicals like ammonia and peroxide that are very detrimental to scalp health, resulting in the weakening of the hair shaft.
For people with white or grey hair, we all know that dyeing your hair black can easily take many years off you. The consequence is a monthly affair of repeated dyeing of your hair, exposing it to even more chemicals, damaging the scalp even further and causing more hair loss.
Needless to say, bleaching of your hair is even more damaging as the bleach causes burns to your scalp, if not done carefully. Hair bleaches contain hydrogen peroxide and it leaves your hair permanently damaged. Have a feel at anyone who has bleached their hair and you will notice that, although they may have a nice blonde look, the texture of the hair is extremely dry, and combing of the hair is difficult as the hair has permanently lost its silky texture and it’s natural shine.
Other chemical hair treatments like perming solutions, or hair straightening chemical treatments like rebonding and keratin treatments also causes adverse effects on your scalp condition and weakens the hair roots.
10. Problem with your Shampoo
Shampoos that you purchase off the shelves in your local supermarkets may contain Chemicals that are harmful to your hair, or scalp, or both. These chemicals cause build ups that clog your hair follicles. Of course, not all shampoos are harmful, which is why it is really important to check the contents of your shampoo when you go shopping. They may also make your hair and scalp dry and cause your scalp to be really sensitive, when used over long periods of time.
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) are 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 effects 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 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 since 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.
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 the hair loss issues.
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