Before you reach for a hat, hair loss is more common than you think. Many people have to deal with hair thinning (you’re definitely not the only one) and more often than not, hair loss is the result of an underlying health issue that needs addressing.
If something’s changed in your thyroid, metabolism or overall internal health, your body will let you know and losing hair is one of the most obvious (and stressful) ways of doing that. If you’re worried about losing locks, don't panic just yet. There are plenty of tips and tricks to strengthen your mane and bring it back from the brink. Keep reading and find out why you could be suffering from hair loss and how to get your tresses on track.
THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF HAIR LOSS
Hair loss (like so many other things) isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. It’s normal to lose between 50 - 150 strands a day, but any more than that is likely to be the cause of something more serious.
The most common cause of hair loss is male-pattern, or female-pattern, baldness. Most people will experience this as they get older and unfortunately, this kind of hair thinning is hereditary. The first indicators of baldness are receding hairlines, thinning hair and bald spots. These are generally gradual and take a bit of time (like a few years) to really make a difference to the look and feel of your strands. If you’re unsure if this is what’s happening, ask a family member if there’s a history of baldness in your genes. If Mum, or Dad (even one of your grandparents), has experienced it, this could be the reason why your hair is thinning.
Shedding is another common form of hair loss which is usually experienced after your body goes through extreme trauma (ladies, if you’ve recently popped out a bub, this could be you!). Shedding can also be caused by something as simple as switching birth control or being under a lot of stress. If you’ve noticed a few more stray hairs on your shoulder than normal, but don’t have a family history of baldness, de-stressing and finding more time to take care of your mental health could help you and your locks.
Have you noticed your hair breaking close to your scalp, or in the middle of the strand? This is a sign that your hair protein has been severely damaged due to weakened keratin. In other words, your strands have become brittle and weak. This usually happens after excessive heat styling and bleaching, so if you’ve been reaching for your curling iron a bit more often – this could be you. This is an extremely common form of hair loss and luckily, those strands of yours can be easily restored.
Finally, if you’ve found patches of full-scalp baldness and lost some of your eyelashes and eyebrows as well, you could be developing a condition called alopecia areata. We recommend seeking medical attention if you’ve noticed these symptoms for more information.
HEALTH CONDITIONS THAT CAN LEAD TO HAIR LOSS
The health of your hair follicles is directly linked to the health of your endocrine system. For conditions that are difficult to diagnose (like polycystic ovary syndrome in women), hair loss is the first thing doctors will ask you about before giving a full diagnosis. Hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies like iron deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency and Vitamin B12 deficiencies, can all lead to hair loss. All of these issues can be treated by a medical professional and once treatment is underway, your hair will start going back to its old self.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR THINNING HAIR
Shuddering at the thought of waking up bald? Don’t panic just yet. A lot of small lifestyle changes have been proven to assist in the treatment of hair loss. On top of this, some vitamins and supplements can also help your mane feel healthy and strong.
Anyone looking to improve the overall quality of their hair could benefit from adding some botanical-based supplements like our Anti Hair-Loss Support Capsules into your daily hair care routine. These vitamins contain Biota Orientalis, a herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine to reduce hair loss and thinning, as well as biotin, a supplement that supports your overall hair and nail health.
If your hair is breaking due to chronic blow-drying and regular colour changes, the best way to bring your strands back to life is to simply give your hair a break and let it grow naturally. If you have any spiky flyaways in the meantime (the craziest kind of flyaways), apply a smoothing treatment once a week to keep them at bay. If you prefer to do your treatments prior to washing your hair, our Elixir Oil will nourish your strands with a powerful blend of natural oils. Otherwise, our Miracle Mask can be used in place of your regular conditioner for some intense hydration.
If you’re already doing everything you can to keep your body (and mane) healthy, then talk to a health practitioner. Getting some bloodwork done and discussing your symptoms could uncover a hormonal, or autoimmune, condition that requires further attention.
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