One look at your comb clogged with your hair strands and you can’t help but feel distressed. Excessive and unexplained hair loss can be scary.
Are you witnessing the signs of hair loss such as a receding hairline and scanty hair on your scalp?
If yes, then it’s time to nip the problem in the bud.
Hair loss is a common phenomenon in both, men and women. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a person tends to lose fifty to hundred strands of hair a day, on an average.
However, it becomes a cause for concern when you find yourself losing too much hair or going bald. Both, thinning hair and hair loss can be thorny issues and may demoralize you.
By knowing the major factors responsible for hair loss and hair fall, you will be able to deal with them effectively.
Here are a few common reasons for hair loss and the solutions that can help prevent it.
1. Physical Trauma and Stress
Physical trauma like surgery or intense illness, a car accident, or dramatic weight loss over a short period of time can cause the human body not to function properly and this in turn can result in temporary hair loss (telogen effluvium). This can occur a couple of weeks to six months after these experiences.
Extreme physical stress is also a huge factor that contributes to hair loss. Emotional stress, on the other hand, is not directly responsible for hair loss, but it may exacerbate the problem of hair loss if it already exists. Stress tends to change the cycle of the hair which may eventually lead to hair loss.
2. Medical Conditions
There is a plethora of physical and medical conditions that can attack your body’s healthy cells, ultimately bringing on hair loss, including:
- Thyroid disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis
- Vitamin B deficiency
- Hormonal imbalance
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, androgenetic alopecia is a form of hair loss - a hereditary condition that affects about 30 million women in the United States.
Several types of medications such as blood thinners and blood pressure drugs also known as beta-blockers can lead to hair loss.
Aging is another common factor that causes hair loss or thinning of hair. People tend to experience this as soon as they hit their 50s or 60s.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, overdoing vitamin A supplements or medications can trigger hair loss.
3. Non-Medical Reasons
Certain self-inflicted ways that can lead to thinning out hair (traction alopecia) include opting for hairstyles such as cornrows and extremely tight braids. Vigorous styling and hair treatments can affect the hair root severely and may stop hair growth.
An imbalanced diet that is devoid of protein can affect the growth of your hair to a significant extent.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, intake of anabolic steroids for bulking up muscles can lead to side-effects and hair loss is one among them.
Remedies That Can Work Best
1. Turn to Moisturizing Hair Products
One of the most effective ways to cope with hair loss is by using moisture-replenishing hair care products. They can help deliver sufficient hydration to your hair without making them look greasy. Consider using styling aids that contain shine-enhancing and hair-softening oils, like sunflower, soybean, argan and sweet almond oils. A weekly moisture-boosting hair mask or scalp treatment will also help rejuvenate fragile, weak hair.
2. Have a Balanced and Healthy Diet
Consume a protein-rich diet and drink adequate water in order to get healthy hair. A lack of iron also tends to weaken the hair. So, make sure to include spinach, soybeans, lentils, red kidney beans, chicken, meat, eggs and fish in your diet.
3. Use an Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Dandruff can cause hair loss too. So, it is best to take preventative measures. Consider using an anti-dandruff shampoo. However, make sure that the shampoo you use suits your hair type. D'free - Anti-dandruff lotion can be a good option.
4. Avoid Over-Styling
Make sure to cut down on heat styling (styling, perming, straightening, hot-oil treatments and hot ironing) and over-styling. They can cause severe damage to your hair.
5. Go for Homemade Hair Masks
Consider using a homemade hair mask. That will not only save you a few dollars, but the natural ingredients in the mask will also provide adequate hydration to your hair. Eggs are rich in protein. You can go for a hair pack that contains egg whites and olive oil. A regular coconut oil massage can help promote hair growth and curb hair loss entirely.
6. Protect Your Hair from Pollution
Pollution is the main culprit when it comes to hair damage. So, when in the outdoors, tie your hair up and cover your head with a scarf. That will help keep dust, heat, and humidity at bay.
These remedies can help your hair grow back and/or prevent hair loss altogether. However, if they prove to be ineffective, consult a dermatologist as there may be a more complex reason behind it.
Suddenly witnessing clumps of hair clogging up the shower drain or on your comb can be frustrating. But, don’t let this dampen your spirit. You can treat hair loss by making a few changes in your lifestyle. Moreover, by implementing the above-mentioned remedies, you will be able to prevent hair fall and get your lustrous locks back. For best results, invest sufficient time in hair care. You will be able to maintain a healthier and more gorgeous mane for life.