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Hair Shedding and Hair Loss

Get tips on how to stop shedding and hair loss.

 

Don’t panic! Please don’t freak out! Believe it or not shedding is really normal. “It’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. When the body sheds significantly more hairs every day, a person has excessive hair shedding. The medical term for this condition is telogen effluvium (Bayliss, 2018).” “Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue (Mayo Clinic, 2018)

Hair Shedding and Hair Loss are results of the following:

· Giving Birth- Many women experience drastic changes in hormones due to distribution from mommy and baby. Hair loss occurs usually after birth and not for all moms. So sorry ladies, it is a waiting game, but hair can grow back.
 
· Stress- Never helps any problems especially skin and hair. Stress triggers the body to be alarmed and throws off hormones in the process, keep calm and fret not.
 
· Medication Usage- Some medications warn you about potential side effects of usage such as birth control or weight loss medication. Always read labels and take into consideration your options of taking medications.
 
· Losing weight- Anything that occurs suddenly to the body can be traumatic. Weight loss is an open arena for lack of minerals and vitamins which assists the body’s typical functions.
 
· Illness- Some illnesses may cause scarring (temporary and permanent), scalp infections and others could cause hormonal imbalances due to the body working for restoration and defense.
 
· Vitamin deficiency- Your body requires balance, even when you notice it or not. Vitamins help to equate that balance and any lack condones loss. Vitamins assist and strengthen the body’s functions.
 
· Age- It’s not uncommon as time passes and older age settles in, physical changes in bodily functions as well as outer appearance take place.
 
· Hormonal Imbalance- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is one of many situations that may occur causing the body to be unstable. Hair loss and thinning may result as one of the symptoms associated with this syndrome as well as facial and bodily hair growth, its best to consult a physician for concerns or questions regarding your health.
 
· Lack of Protein- Because hair is composed of a specific type of protein, lacking any protein can result in dry and brittle hair. Of course, the drier the hair strand naturally the easier it will break.
 
· Anemia- Due to poor circulation with iron inefficiency cells don’t properly transport oxygen. If circulation to the scalp is lacking so is growth to follicles, so it absolutely vital to ensure iron is included in your diet.
 
· Over Manipulation of Hair- Styles that are too tight can cause tension to hair strands causing breakage and loss. Over-styling hair can also result in shedding as well, make sure to give your hair a moisturized rest in between styles.
 
· Poor Diet- No water, loads of sugar, no protein= poor nutritional value. Cut the processed foods, be sure to intake plenty of vitamins and nutrients as well include protein into your daily diet. Great nutrition moves your body to the balance intended for good health and that includes your scalp.
 
“Hair is made up of a type of protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles. As the follicles produced new hair cells, old cells are pushed out through the surface of the skin. Every strand that you see is actually composed of dead keratin cells. Every strand has a life cycle – growth, rest and shedding phase (NDTV, 2018)”. There are plenty of other reasons, but these are often common and if you are experiencing any conditions it’s advised to speak with your dermatologist about possible treatment.

So Now The Hard Question: How Can I Get My Hair To Grow

Drink Water- It’s the key ingredient to ensure your body looks and feels great!

Eat Healthy- Your scalp will love you for it.

Include vitamins when your nutritional value is not up to par.

Protein, Protein, and more protein- make sure to consume this in your daily diet for stronger strands.

Ease up on styling too often, make sure styles aren’t too tight. Keeping your hair moisturized and conditioned will promote healthy hair and growth.

Do your best to not stress!

Scalp massages- get that blood circulating!


Clay Masks- Hair masks often reduce shedding and strengthen strands.


Tea Rinses- Tea contains many compounds and beneficial properties that help reduce inflammation and reduce shedding. 

 

Results may not happen overnight, be patient and remember it may not just be one thing affecting your growth journey.If your hair is shedding at an abnormal rate or you are experiencing drastic hair loss be sure to consult a physician/dermatologist for a professional medical opinion.

 

Comment below about your journey with hair loss or shedding!
 
 
 
 
 
References:
Cheng AS, Bayliss SJ, “The genetics of hair shaft disorders.” J Am Acad Dermatol 2008;59(1):1-22. Web. Retrieved 4 November 2018 from https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/hair-loss-vs-hair-shedding
Mayo Clinic, 2018. “Hair Loss” Retrieved 4 November 2018 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926
NDTV Food, 9 March 2018. “Hair Loss Prevention: Why Iron and Protein are Essential” . Web. Retrieved 4 November 2018 from https://food.ndtv.com/beauty/iron-and-protein-getting-to-the-root-of-hair-loss-768613
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