You are losing more and more hair day by day. The number of hairs on your brush is growing at an alarming speed. You still have no idea why your hair falls out in excess? See top causes.
Hair that falls out in excess is a very common problem which is much talked about but still lots people have no idea how to handle it. Downplaying the cause of the condition is the biggest problem people make because detecting the cause should be the first step you take when the loss of hair is getting serious. Eliminating it should solve the problem for good.
THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
1. Unhealthy diet, iron deficiency.
What we eat affects what we look like. You can’t boast healthy, strong and beautiful hair if your body is under-nourished. A hair-friendly diet must be abounding in foods high in vitamins A, B, C and E, e.g. wholewheat bread, citruses, red vegetables (tomatoes, pepper). You also need zinc, copper, iron and silicon found in barley, dark chocolate, soy products, green veggies (spinach, brussel sprouts). Proteins and healthy fats are essential as well so it’s good to enrich your diet with meat, fish, legumes, dairy products and nuts.
2. Chronic stress and lack of rest.
Hair that falls out excessively is popular among people living a busy life. A stressful job, insomnia, downplaying the need for rest time, zero relaxation, devoting all the time to work and duties, pressure and tension – all this has a bad effect on the body’s condition, which is also reflected by our looks. Chronic stress and sleep issues affect the appearance: skin turns dull and discolored while hair loses shine and starts falling out in excess.
3. Health issues e.g. thyroid disorders.
Losing hair may be a symptom of a disease. In most cases this is the result of hormonal imbalance and thyroid disorders, e.g. hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, but it may also be caused by anemia, atopic dermatitis or dandruff (which is a disease too!).
4. Over-washing hair.
Shockingly, washing hair too often may cause hair to fall out in excess. The thing is that overwashing irritates and dries out the scalp, particularly if you use SLS/SLES shampoos. This leads to worse condition of hair follicles and consequently to hair falling out in an uncontrolled way.
5. Tugging hair while brushing.
In this case it is the typical physical damage of hair – brushing incorrectly or using unsuitable accessories leaves hair split, brittle and more fragile, which, in turn, makes it fall out in excess. Tugging and pulling hair out while combing is a popular mistake. Note: brushing wet hair causes a lot of harm so try to comb the hair before shampooing and use only accessories that are suitable for your hair type and texture, and are made from natural and safe material e.g. wood.
6. Wearing tight hairstyles.
Unfortunately, we are sometimes the wrongdoers making the hair fall out. Wearing tight buns or ponytails on a regular basis is one of the common causes of hair loss. Creating a fancy bun that clings to the head and looks sleek and flawless is nothing bad provided that you do it from time to time. Tying hair up tightly often weakens the hair follicles and strands cannot handle the overwhelming tension and are pulled out. Have that in mind and let your hair unwind from time to time.
7. Genetic hair loss.
Obviously we cannot forget that hair loss may be hereditary and we can inherit it from our parents, grandparents or remote relatives. Sometimes such problems are revealed in the third or fourth generation so if your parents don’t struggle with hair falling out in handfuls, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen to you.
8. Hormonal changes e.g. after pregnancy.
Uncontrolled hair thinning and poorer condition is known to most women, particularly after giving birth. Interestingly, hair is strengthened during pregnancy because the body produces more hormones that stimulate hair growth. Women notice baby hair, more volume and shine. Unfortunately, they suffer from the postnatal hair loss because of the hormonal changes and the body trying to get back to normal. This can be compared to eyelash serums that work until we use them and deliver the essential growth triggers.