Why Am I Losing Hair?

Why Am I Losing Hair?


What is Hair Loss ?

A question almost ALL of us would have asked ourselves throughout our life. Hair shedding is normal, in fact on average we lose roughly 80 - 100 different strands of hair a day. This means those locks of hair you might see after an intense brush session or a wash day are usually completely normal. Hair Loss, however, occurs where there is a permanent removal from the scalp with no or little regrowth. 

There are two types of Hair Loss.

The first is GENETIC hair loss, this means one is already bound to experience hair thinning, hair shrinkage, weaker hair follicles and the loss of hair. (More common in men). Unfortunately for those who suffer from Genetic hair loss, there is almost next to no proven method to prevent this from happening. 


The next is REACTIVE hair loss.

This is where something a triggers hair loss, and the good news is that this is often either seasonal or can somehow be prevented from occurring. This is also most likely the reason you are reading this article, so let’s look at causes and solutions!


Common Causes Of Hair loss 

STRESS:

  • Despite all the jokes and saying about stress causing hair to fall out, stress does quite literally cause hair loss. Stress not only causes an increase in dandruff but it also affects the way we eat and our digestive system, this means our scalp is no longer receiving the proper nutrients to maintain stronger hair follicles resulting in loss.
  • On top of this, stress is also a factor that increases Androgen (Male Hormones) which in turn causing hair loss.

HORMONAL LEVEL CHANGES: 

  • Hormonal imbalances lead to different health impacts ranging from increase in acne to fluctuating blood sugars as well as hair loss. As mentioned before, Androgens are not our friend and an increase in Androgen levels may lead to disorders, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which causes hair loss.
  • Estrogen (Female Hormones) are optimal in hair growth and strength, and a lack of such leads to a decrease of these factors. Estrogen works to keep hair follicles in the scalp for the optimal amount of time and without the correct levels, the hair fails to remain in the scalp.

 

MEDICINES:

  • Some medications can cause hair loss as they cause imbalances in the body's system as a replacement for the lack of something else (side effects). As explored in previous points, this imbalance is a major factor in the increase of hair loss.

 

Treatments and medicines that cause hair loss include but are not limited to:

  • Chemotherapy
  • thyroid medications
  • some oral contraceptives
  • beta-blockers
  • anticonvulsants
  • antidepressants
  • anticoagulants

 

WHAT CAN I DO ?!

Change of Diet:

  • Complex carbohydrates are essential in providing our hair with the correct amount of energy and nutrients that it needs to grow, including  healthy snacks such as wheat crackers or fruit between meals can provide an increase in hair growth nutrients.
  • Hair is also made out of protein meaning it is important to include protein rich foods into one's daily intake and diet.

Identifying the underlying cause:

  • Visit your local GP or specialists to receive a diagnosis or further information about your condition and proceed to take the proper steps in order to fix your hair loss issue.

 

Hair Supplements/Products:

  • Assuming that you have addressed  dietary deficiencies and consulted your GP/specialist you should also consider using products made from natural ingredients to can work to clean, strengthen and repair damaged hair follicles leading to a healthier, more full head of hair over time.