If there’s something in this world more troubling than heart break for most people, it is the hair fall problem. You might have noticed strands of hair on your pillow when you get up in the morning or strands clogging your drain post a shower. Well, some amount of hair loss on an everyday basis is quite natural and is no cause for concern. Multiple types of research have put the average amount of hair loss for a person each day to be anything in the range of 50 to 100 strands and given the number of strands in the crop of hair on your head, this seems to be a miniscule amount. However, if you’re noticing an excess amount of hair fall or signs of balding early, it is time you visited a dermatologist, more specifically a trichologist, to understand what it is that you’re doing wrong in your life.
When it comes to the reasons for excessive hair fall, there’s a host of factors that you can lay blame upon, ranging from the genetic ones that are quite beyond your control to ones such as dietary concerns that are relatively easier to remedy. Stress is one of the major factors contributing to excessive hair fall, constantly worrying about the issue only further exacerbates the problem, turning the whole thing into quite a vicious cycle. Fret not though, for understanding a problem is the very first step to rooting it out and we’re here to help you do just that. With respect to the factors contributing to hair fall, they could be classified into those related to your genes, your hormones, your dietary habits, your styling habits and the amount of stress you take upon yourself, all of them being related to each other in some way or the other.
- Geez, Genes!
- Blame the Male (hormones)!
- This Fight needs you to Eat Right!
- Style, but don’t defile!
- Don’t Stress, Meditate!
Androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as female-pattern hair loss, is a problem accentuated by a combination of your genes and your hormones. So, if you belong to a family that has a greater proclivity towards hair loss, there’s a higher chance that you’ll experience excessive hair fall as well. However, unlike in the case of men, hair fall in women does not result in a receding hairline but causes the gaps to grow and the hair to become really thin. Curse your ancestors all you want, but there’s barely anything that you can do to alter this contributing factor in any way. What you could do is to take better care of your hair so as to ensure that the hair loss is contained to an extent.
Blame the Male (hormones)!
Hormonal imbalances are the scourge of the beauty world. They can cause just about any and every type of bodily disruption, ranging from acne breakouts to excessive hair loss. While oestrogens (female hormones) are rather pro-hair, androgens (male hormones) are the real villains of your hair story and an increase in them on account of an endocrine disorder, such as in the case of a Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), can result in the thinning of hair follicles and hair loss. Even other kinds of hormonal changes such as pregnancy, hypothyroidism, the use of anabolic steroids in order to bulk up and going on and off birth pills can significantly contribute to hair loss.
This Fight needs you to Eat Right!
What you put on your plate has considerable consequences for how your body responds to it. Dietary deficiencies are perhaps one of the most underestimated factors contributing to hair loss. Excessive hair fall can result from a host of different deficiencies such as the lack of iron, vitamins B12 and D3 and most importantly, protein. At least 10 percent of women worldwide in the age range of 20 to 50 years are known to suffer from Anaemia on account of a deficiency of iron in their bodies and iron is an essential component in the production of hair cell protein. The deficiency of the vitamins B12 and D3 are pretty common as well and most women are able to recognize the problem only after they’ve conducted a blood test. Hair, although it makes us look pretty and presentable, is quite inessential to our bodies in the physiological sense. If Darwinism and globally rising temperatures could have it (and also companies that manufacture hair removal creams), we’d probably be pretty hairless. So, in the case of any deficiency of protein occurring in our body, it is our hair that tends to take the fall (pun intended). Luckily, dietary habits are relatively easier to remedy and eating right can take you (and your hair) a long way in fighting hair fall.
Style, but don’t defile!
No matter the occasion, we always want our hair to look splendid. Styles such as the top knot might appear top-notch, but you’re in fact putting your hair through a lot of stress that way. Hair weaves, corn braids, and other forms of tight braids do look pretty exquisite but cause much damage to your hair strands. Constantly being pulled puts tremendous stress on your hair strands and tends to weaken them considerably. To combat this stress, it is essential that you let your hair loose from time to time, and quite literally so. Harsh chemicals and hot treatments are equally bad and cause your hair quality to significantly deteriorate. If you just need to get some hair treatment done, make sure that you expose your hair to it for a minimal amount of time and using only the best quality cosmetics and equipment.
Don’t Stress, Meditate!
Stress, both physical and psychological, is a major factor contributing to hair loss. While stress might not necessarily precipitate hair fall, it certainly acts a catalyst, accelerating your hair related issues. It also leads to other scalp related problems such as dandruff and can easily disrupt your hormonal and digestive systems, further aggravating your hair loss issues. Some women are also known to suffer from Trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder that brings an irresistible urge to pull your hair out from your scalp. If you’re such a person, you need to take extra care so as to keep stress at bay.
All things said, containing hair fall is quite like taking care of most of your health issues. Eat right, stay away from stress (as much as possible) and take good care of your hair. For hair, as they say, is your best accessory and it’d be a real pity if you were to lose it.