Hair loss is normal and happens to everyone. As a professional cosmetologist I have addressed this topic with my clients on numerous occasions. The amount of hair that each person loses varies. Some people can normally lose anywhere from 80 to 100 individual hairs a day, and depending on hair type (thin or thick) it could be more. When you see this hair in your brush, it can cause a lot of stress so, It is important to know what causes hair loss and what you can do to prevent it. This article is intended to be informative. Here are the top five reasons people lose hair: age, hormones, medications, illness, and overall abuse of chemicals, thermal irons, and blow dryers. Know your facts and when in doubt talk to a health care professional!
It sucks to get older. Hair thinning is a part of the normal aging process. People lose 80-100 hairs every day. Normal aging can render your once lush, full, and vibrant hair a bit thinner and dull. The thicker hair of your twenties, may be now turning gray, course and / or wiry, and seem to have a mind of its own. There are vitamins which are age related and designed to prevent hair loss as well as hair care products that are formulated to help restore luster and nourish aging hair. It’s important to ask a professional which product they recommend. As we age, along with life’s stressors, our hair changes right along with us.
Women and men both have different hormones. Women often report the shedding of hair after the birth of a child do to the hormone estrogen. Men can suffer from premature loss of hair do to male pattern baldness which is caused by the male sex hormone. I have often heard men say that their mothers father had thinning hair. This could be true. Often male pattern baldness is genetic and diagnosed by the U-shaped pattern from front to back that thinning hair takes on. Hormones also affect metabolic disorders. It is important if you feel your hair is thinning, or shedding more than normal, get it checked out by a specialist. Your hormones may be off, and this is something that can be corrected by a medical doctor.
Many medications can cause hair to shed. Read the side effects of all the medications you take, as well as ask a physician if you are concerned. Taking large amounts of vitamin supplements may also cause your hair to shed. Check all your labels and if you notice your hair is falling out, check with the manufacturer, call your Doctor, and be certain you aren’t taking more than the recommended daily allowance. If you feel your medications are causing your hair to thin, talk with your healthcare professional they may be able to adjust or suggest another option.
Certain diseases and disorders can cause your hair to thin. Metabolic disorders such as Thyroid malfunction, PCOS, Cushings, and other types of disorder can cause your hair to thin. Before you get worried, make sure you are are actually losing more than normal amounts of hair. Monitor this by checking your brush and collect the hair per day in a baggy. This is a good way to show your health care provider what is normal hair thinning or not. Also, a change in your diet (restricting calories) can cause hair issues; as well as not keeping hydrated. Hair needs water in order to grow, stay moist, and appear lush and vibrant. If you are worried about illness causing hair loss, make an appointment with a qualified professional to discuss your medical concerns.
Abusing your hair affects your hair from scalp to ends. Abuse can range from over use of thermal styling tools, such as heated irons (curling and flat), Heat from blow drying, as well as too many coloring, bleaching, straightening and curling chemicals. Overuse of chemicals will cause hair to become brittle, damaged, lifeless, and lack elasticity, and unfortunately, break off. If you are over processing your hair using chemicals, it is important to use good hair care products that help get your hair back in shape. Reconstructing conditioners, moisturisers, and thermal hair care products are designed to be put into your hair before blow drying, or heat styling.
Using good hair care products makes sense. You immediately see a difference when you are protecting your hair from damage! Keep in mind: 1) Follow the directions of your hair care professional. 2) Always consult with and have your hair done by a licensed cosmetologist who knows how to apply chemicals 3) Go to a stylist who cares enough to educate you on the over abuse of chemicals, and knows how to keep your hair looking best! Hair loss can be caused by a variety of reasons. Know your facts! And if you are concerned about thinning hair, talk to a professional who cares and will steer you in the right direction to get you help!