5 Reasons For Your Hair Loss... And What You Can Do About It!
Are You Losing More Hair Down The Plughole Than Usual? Here Are 5 Hair Loss Causes That May Surprise You!
Most of us know that it’s quite normal to lose a few strands of hair each day when we brush, when we style, and when we shower… but what should you do when ‘a few strands’ becomes much, much more?
Everyone should naturally shed around 60-100 strands per day, but if you’ve noticed an increase in the amount of hair in your plughole each morning, or an abundance of strands on the floor when you vacuum, you’ll want to get to the root of the problem (pun intended).
Hair loss can happen to both men and women, regardless of age, and can be exacerbated by stress, diet, or hormone imbalances. If you are suffering from this hair-raising problem, don't panic. There are lots of ways to ensure your hair stays stronger, healthier and more robust.
Read on to find out 5 hair loss causes, and how you can fix them!
1. Sack Your Style
Surprisingly, one of the biggest hair killers is our go-to daily hairstyle. Whether you’re overly attached to your curling iron, or enjoy a root touch-up on a monthly basis, your style could be the cause of your hair loss. Our hair can only withstand so much heat, so the overuse of hairdryers or straighteners can cause the hair shaft to break off and die. Similarly, with coloring, the chemicals used in bleach and other pigments can leave the hair dry and damaged.
Learn to love what you’ve got! We’re not saying you have to ditch the straighteners forever or to never try another color again, but perhaps a few days a week, use a sulfate-free shampoo, such as our Seaweed Shampoo, and let your hair dry out naturally, lay off the styling tools and give your locks a chance to recover.
2. Check Your Thyroid
Unbeknown to most, your hair growth and health of your scalp can be hugely affected by how well your thyroid is functioning. Both over-active and under-active thyroid conditions can lead to sudden hair thinning and even hair loss, due to a hormone imbalance. If your thyroid isn’t working correctly, it can also mean that no new hair will grow back to replace the hair shed naturally, either.
If you’ve noticed other symptoms associated with thyroid malfunction, go and see your doctor and get it tested! Once diagnosed, it can be treated easily with medication and you will start to notice your hair growing back almost straight away. Give it a helping hand by eating lots of protein-rich foods, using hair-friendly shampoos and exercise regularly to get the blood flow pumping to your scalp.
3. Stop Stressing
When it comes to hair health, stress has to be one of the worst culprits for making our hair thin and even fall out. Stressful job? Bad breakup? Moving house? Any of these stressful situations can lead to a condition known as “shock hair loss”, which is a physical response to extra cortisol (the stress hormone) in the bloodstream. Anyone is susceptible to shock hair loss, so before it becomes a problem, try to reduce your stress levels naturally.
Thankfully, this type of hair loss tends to fix itself once the source of the stress has been addressed. If you think you’re suffering from high-stress levels, try some distraction techniques like a meditation app, a new hobby, better sleep or ways to help you relax. If you can’t seem to improve your stress levels this way, it may be time to seek out a therapist…
4. Do You Have Enough Iron?
One of the most common causes of hair loss in women is a lack of iron in our diets. Iron is key to producing the proteins for building new hair cells, and without it, your strands will suffer. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which can also make you tired, lethargic, and prone to getting sick. Anemia suffers usually notice a thinning of their hair, or hair loss, as one of the first signs of the condition. Luckily, anemia is easily treated with iron supplements and a better overall understanding of anemia-rich foods.
Iron supplements are usually the most effective way to increase your intake, but adjusting your diet can help wonders, too. Most of our daily intake of iron can be achieved through eating red meats, dark leafy greens (like spinach and kale), poultry, beans, and nuts – so adding these to your diet is key! Speak to your doctor about how much iron you need to improve your symptoms, and they can suggest a recommended daily dosage for you.
5. Could It Be Your Age?
If you're of an age where the menopause is imminent, hormonal changes to your body could be the cause of your hair loss. As we age, so does our hair, and we have to remember that it naturally gets finer as part of the aging process. Women and men over 40 are the most likely to suffer from age-related hair loss, but there are ways you can turn back the clock, and keep your locks youthful and strong.
Ok, so we haven’t discovered the fountain of youth just yet, but we have figured out that keeping on top of any hormone changes with your doctor, taking the right supplements, and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can help slow down the hair’s aging process. There are many ways to hold off the inevitable aging of your hair, but with proper nutrition and hydration and taking control of your overall health, is the best place to start.
All of us want to have long, thick, luscious locks, but unfortunately, it’s not always as easy as we’d like. Many factors can cause hair thinning and hair loss, but as you’ve seen, there are some simple fixes you can adopt that will reduce the hair loss you're experiencing, or prevent it from getting worse. Here at Organica, we're always striving to provide achievable, natural solutions to your health and beauty problems, and we truly believe that no-one should suffer from hair-loss! Try these tips, and take a look at our other hair-care blogs to ensure your locks stay healthy, long and strong.
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