What Causes Hair Loss In Women And How To Help Stop It
Clogged shower drains and hair dust bunnies collecting on the floor - we’re all familiar with these unpleasant phenomena and so all experience hair loss to some extent. On average, we lose around 80-100 strands a day - and it’s completely normal. But if you’re starting to shed in clumps and notice that the hairs aren’t growing back, the problem may go deeper. But don’t stress, this issue is much more common than you may think, and we come bearing solutions! Here, we explore the reasons hair loss occurs in women and some useful tips on hair loss prevention with some expert help from Bill Underwood - Biolage Expert at Charles Worthington Salons.
Understanding Hair Loss At Its Core
To combat this distressing problem, let’s understand it first. There are two types of hair loss: genetic and reactive. Genetic is just that: genes. With genetic hair loss, the hair follicles gradually shrink and create finer, shorter hairs with each growth cycle. Reactive hair loss is the result of an internal balance - severe stress, an illness, or nutritional deficiency, for example. In reactive hair loss, it’s very sudden and the hair tends to shed in clumps. Let’s examine some of the reasons you might be left cleaning hair from your Hoover too often.
Suffered by so many and many unwanted byproducts, one of them being that it can quite literally make your hair fall out. Stress provokes a rise in the male hormone androgen - high levels of this hormone are known to be linked to hair loss.
2. Vitamin Deficiency
Remember your parents telling you to eat your veggies? Well, they had good reason. “Food high in vitamins and minerals including iron and zinc to help encourage hair growth.” Bill notes. Not getting enough of the right vitamins can be related to hair thinning. More precisely, a lack of iron, which is crucial for producing hair cell protein, can be correlated to strands falling out. Vitamin B12 deficiency is another culprit of hair loss: it affects red blood cell health, the cells that are responsible for carrying oxygen around your body. In short, less oxygen = less hair growth stimulation.
3. Drastic Weight Loss
Shedding a dramatic amount of pounds can sometimes be linked to simultaneously shedding hair. Things like weight loss can’t be rushed - let your body take its natural course, in its own time.
4. Bad Hair Practices
Loosen up that high ponytail, girl. We look to Bill for some helpful advice on ways around this, “try using tag free hair bands and avoid tight ponytails or braids.” When you rock a hairstyle too tight, you put too much stress on your locks; this can cause what’s called traction alopecia (another word for hair loss). Brushing hair too often and towel drying aggressively when hair is wet is also a no-no. Let your hair free!
In this case, it’s a genetic thing - thanks mum and dad. This is better known as androgenetic alopecia and it can be inherited from either parent. Thinning hair starting at the hairline is usually the tell-tale sign of the beginning. The condition is slow developing and can start in your early 20s.
Hair Loss Prevention - Save Those Strands
1. Eat Well:
Protein, protein, protein. Looking at your diet is important when trying to make the links with hair loss. If you’re iron deficient, try eating iron-rich foods such as pork, beef, fish, leafy greens and beans. If it’s vitamin B12 you’re lacking, try to eat seafood, lean meats, cereals, legumes, and poultry. If you’re vegan, ask your doctor about taking a supplement to get the nutrients your body needs.
2. Good Styling Habits:
You may need to take a break on the blowouts for a while. Wear your hair down or with a loose elastic to give your strands some time to breathe and recuperate. If you have to blowdry your hair, set the settings on cool and low to minimise weakening the hair. It it also recommended to only colour your hair one to two shades above or below its natural colour to inflict the least amount of harm.
3. Hair-Saving Products:
Invest in an effective product arsenal. Experts have developed a treatment that has become a favourite for thinning hair: L'Oréal Professionnel Serioxyl is a system that immediately helps hair to look denser and lifted. If you’re looking for healthier, thicker hair ask your stylist about this innovative system.
Bill's product picks;
“Salon professional at-home products really make a difference and help to sensitised hair such as the Biolage RAW Recover range”
- Biolage RAW Recover Shampoo, it contains Yacca goji berry, which are rich in vitamin A, a nutrient known to enhance blood circulation. This also improves circulation to the scalp.
- Biolage RAW Recover Conditioner contains coriander oil and kaolin, which works to cleanse the hair follicle, cleansing and exfoliating the surface of the scalp.
- Biolage RAW Recover Mask contains honey oil and arglie kaolin.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: it is completely normal for women to experience hair loss. Don’t let yourself become more stressed if you’re going through this. Try doing some yoga or breathing exercises like meditation to allow yourself, and your hair, to properly relax.
Remember that in order to really tackle hair loss, you should also always seek advice from your stylist and doctor in order to receive a tailored treatment.
Don’t let hair loss hold you back - grab the bull by the horns and follow these preventative steps to take back control of your hair!
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