Your hair is something that everyone notices first and beautiful healthy hair can grab anyone’s attention. Your hair shows your personality and your style, so maintaining healthy hair is really important for you.
Hair loss is a common problem. It can occur in young as well as old people. A normal human sheds about 100 hair daily, though the rate is different for everyone.
Notice how much hair you shed every day to know what’s normal for you. If you find that you are losing more than usual during your shower, combing or on your bed then this might be a sign that you are suffering from hair loss.
Addressing the reason is the first and the most important step to take to solve your hair loss problem.
There are many causes of hair loss and in this article, we will look at 8 common causes of hair loss.
If you have androgenetic alopecia which is commonly called female pattern baldness then you should directly consult to doctors and get it cured.
Now, if your hair loss is not heredity, it can be telogen effluvium which is a sudden increase in hair loss caused by sudden changes (like hormonal changes or stress) in your body. Telogen effluvium is when some type of stress causes your hair root to stay into the resting stage. This mainly occurs due to some sudden shock to your body and can be cured.
Let’s check out some common causes of hair loss in women.
8 common causes of hair loss
1. Wearing tight hairstyles
Wearing a tight hairstyle every day can result in tractional alopecia. Tractional alopecia is the thinning of your hairline as hairstyle like tight braids and ponytails pulls your hair tightly and damage your hair follicles. It can cause permanent damage to your hair and cannot be reversed naturally.
So try to change your hairstyle, keep it loose and never wear tight hairstyles for too long.
2. Dramatic weight loss
A huge drop in weight can result in hair loss, be it intentional or unintentional. If you are trying to lose weight then focus on both exercise and nutrition. A healthy low-calorie diet will help you lose weight without starving.
If you are not taking proper nutrition it will have a negative impact on your body and can result in severe hair loss.
3. Thyroid conditions
These conditions occur when your thyroid gland produces either less or too many hormones in your body. Hypothyroidism is the underactive thyroid and hyperthyroidism is the overactive thyroid and both can result in thinning hair on your scalp.
Usually, your hair grows from the root of your hair follicle. The blood vessels feed the root and provide it with nutrition to grow. The hair grows and eventually fall out and a new hair replaces it. But when the production of the hormone is disrupted it affects the root and prevents the development of new hair resulting in thinning of hair.
Estrogen is a hair-friendly hormone that helps hair to grow fast. During pregnancy, most of the women notice a rapid growth in their hair because the body produces more estrogen during pregnancy.
But after the delivery, the levels of estrogen in the body slowly start to decrease and go back to normal which can result in hair loss and can be mild or severe.
5. Constant Heating and blow drying
Daily use of hair straighteners/curlers can damage your hair and result in dry and fizzy hair. Heat styling damages the cortex layer and makes your hair more vulnerable to damage.
Exposure to hot air can dry the moisture out of your hair and damage your roots. Your hair follicles produce a natural oil that protects your hair and make it soft and shiny.
Blow drying the hair frequently will dry up your scalp and your scalp will be more prone to damage from sunlight and pollution. The roots will eventually become week and the hair will fall out.
6. Using chemical products
Most of the styling products that you use contain harmful chemicals which can damage your hair quickly. These chemicals can irritate your scalp and lead to redness or rashes.
Also, the chemicals in highlights and dyes can cause the hair cuticles to lose their natural protective moistures and result in dry damaged hair which can cause hair loss.
7. Protein deficiency
The hair is mostly made up of keratin( about 95%). Keratin is a fibrous helicoidal protein and the main structure of the hair. Lack of protein in the diet can cause hair loss as the body will try to save the little amount of protein by shifting the hair into the resting phase.
If you don’t consume enough protein, more hair will enter the resting phase causing hair loss.
Dandruff is a common condition which results in flaky skin. It can cause itchiness which leads to scratching. Scratching your hair can injure your hair follicles and will eventually make your hair roots weak.
Weak hair roots cannot hold the hair for a long time and the hair will fall out. Regular scratching can result in more hair loss so if you have dandruff try to fix it ASAP!
There are many causes of hair loss and can be treated. If your hair loss is genetical then consult with your doctor or dermatologist as it needs special care and treatment.
If you are facing the common issues then its best to identify the reason and act on it. Find a solution to fix the problem and get a healthy, gorgeous, denser hair.