Did you know that every day, you lose about 50 to 100 hairs from your scalp? Don’t worry, new hairs grow back in. But if you’re having more than just a bad hair day and are experiencing a noticeably higher amount of hair loss, you do have merit for concern. If so, we pose this question; Are you unknowingly contributing to your hair loss?
Of course not! Surely it can’t be. Why would you?
Unbeknown to most, there are a handful of random everyday actions that could be the culprits lurking behind this accelerated (and unwanted) hair loss. Keep reading as we line these villains up one by one for a complete shake-down!
1. You’re brushing your hair when wet
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times; hair is at its most vulnerable when wet. Water weighs down the hair shaft, subsequently negating all manageability properties. With less elasticity, hair can’t afford to be pulled and tugged (through brushing) with the chances of breaking at an all-time high.
2. Sleeping with hair tied up
If you’re one of those ladies who can’t stand sleeping with your hair down, tying it back in a pony/bun, you need to rethink and asap! When hair is tied back, the follicles are being pulled from the roots. Combine this with further tugging caused by movement during sleep, and you’ve got yourself a nasty equation for hair loss!
We recommend sleeping with your hair out and completely dry. If you really can’t stand sleeping with your hair out, your next best option is to tie in a low ponytail with a scrunchy loosely.
3. Not using a heat protectant
Sizzle, crunch, SNAP! That’s the sound of those precious locks burning and then breaking from heat tools, sans heat protectant. Literally, if you don’t apply heat protectant before heat styling your hair (straightening, curling, blow-drying etc.), you may as well have placed it in a sandwich press. With no added layer of protection, your delicate strands are facing extremely high temperatures; they don’t stand a single chance!
4. Weight loss/crash diets
Dramatic/quick weight loss or crash diets, where significant calorie deficiency tactics are used, is a culprit many wouldn’t realise could be behind their accelerated hair loss. When the body loses a considerable amount of weight in a short period, or, calories are slashed, your body effectively goes into “starvation mode”.
When in this state, the body only puts energy into vital bodily functions (heart beating, blood circulation) as it can’t afford to ‘waste’ energy expenditure on anything else. Unfortunately for your head, hair growth isn’t one of these, and your hair will start shedding at a much higher rate.
5. Lack of nutrients
It’s no secret that what you eat plays a significant role in all aspects of your health (not just your physique). From cognitive function to quality of sleep and yes, even hair health, ensuring you’re eating and getting the right type of nutrients is vital (especially when looking at hair loss).
The cells responsible for hair growth/maintenance are living and require certain nutrients to thrive and survive (cliché, we know, but totally true)! Nutrients like Omega3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D and Zinc all play integral roles in hair health and prevention of hair loss.
Pssst! If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to cook for healthy hair, take a peep at our blog series, “The Healthy-haired Chef”, for delicious recipes your hair will love!
For heat protectant that works check out the BondiBoost Heat Protectant Spray. Formulated with quinoa extract, this light-weight mist protects against heat while adding extra strength to already damaged locks #bonus!