Our Hair is our Crown
After I had my children, I found myself cutting my hair roughly every 3 years due to hair thinning and hair loss. The number of women dealing with hair loss is actually more common than you may think. It can be terrifying to suddenly notice that your hair is starting to shed more rapidly than ever before. Although some hair shed is normal, losing excessive amounts of hair at an alarming rate is not. The good news is that most forms of hair loss are treatable and avoidable.
Reasons for Hair Loss and Thinning Hair
Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors from bad lifestyle habits to medical reasons. The key to finding a solution to sudden hair loss is finding the root cause of the problem.
Genetics can play a major role in hair loss especially if thinning hair and early pattern baldness are common in members of your family. The best solution is to speak with your doctor to determine the best treatment for hereditary hair loss.
Hair loss can also be triggered by certain medications including prescription and over-the-counter. Hair loss is certainly not a side effect that anyone would want from taking medication that could potentially save their lives.
If you notice that certain medications are causing your hair to become thin or shed excessively, you should speak with your doctor about your side effects so that they can recommend an alternative treatment.
A very common and avoidable cause for severe hair fall, breakage and hair thinning hair comes from the stress of daily styling. The constant pulling and tugging at the hair can put unnecessary stress on the hair and scalp.
Wearing your hair in styles that pull too tightly can also cause breakage and even bald spots around the hairline. It is best to refrain from wearing tight hairstyles and ponytails on a daily basis to allow the hair time to breathe and recuperate in between styling.
Ways You Can Avoid Hair Loss and Thinning Hair
All hope is not lost! Everything happens in seasons! Hair grows back! And what won’t grow you can sew! Most hair loss can be reversed if treated in the early stages. Friction and stress on the hair can be avoided and put an end to your falling hair if this is the culprit. Here are some practices that you can follow to help avoid unnecessary hair loss.
- Refrain from Using Heat Styling Tools
If you are suffering from hair loss, you definitely want to avoid using heat to style your hair on a regular basis. Heat styling tools can compromise the integrity of your hair leading to even more breakage and hair loss. If you must use heat, be sure to use a thermal protecting product to avoid further damage to your hair.
- Avoid Stressful Situations
I know it seems like we live in an age where stress is considered a normal part of life, but not only is too much stress bad for your physical and mental health it can also contribute to hair loss. Stress can cause an imbalance or abrupt change in hormones that can lead to thinning hair and hair loss.
- Adopt Healthy Nutritional Habits
A poor diet can also cause hair loss. Eating foods that are high in fat and sugar can throw your body into a hormonal whirlwind. These abrupt changes in your body chemistry can have some pretty serious side-effects, hair loss included. Eating foods that provide your hair with vital minerals and nutrients will help your hair to become stronger.
- Get Adequate Amounts of Protein
Hair contains a substantial amount of protein and eating foods that are rich in protein and other minerals are essential to growing strong healthy hair. When the body becomes protein deficient, you may notice your hair become thin, brittle and lacking in elasticity. Restoring sufficient amounts of protein to the body and hair will rebuild your hair to grow in stronger and more resistant to breakage and hair fall.
Sound Off! We would love to hear from you! What are some ways you conquered hair loss and/or hair thinning?