H for Hairfall: Cause and Symptoms #AtoZGroomingGuide
March 25, 2019
By Joann Mathews
What causes Hair Loss?
Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. Here are a few causes of Hair Loss
Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata is a disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can remain unnoticeable. These patches may eventually connect and then become noticeable, however. This disease develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Androgenetic Alopecia: One cause of male pattern baldness is genetics, or having a family history of baldness. Research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. Each hair on your head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place.
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the front of your neck. It releases hormones to help your body regulate and use energy.
Life Events and Stress: Giving Birth, menopause, and stress( traumatic event, work), weight loss.
Nutrients: ExcessiveVitamin A ingestion, protein & iron deficiencies.
Medicines: Blood thinners, high dose vitamin A, birth control pills, anabolic steroids.
Hairstyles: Years of wearing hair in a style that pulls on the hair such as a ponytail, cornrows, or braids can cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia.
Hair Care: Frequent bleaching or permanents can cause the hair to break. Frequent use of a blow dryer tends to damage hair. The high heat from a blow dryer can boil the water in the hair shaft leaving the hair brittle and prone to breakage. When used to hold hair tightly, hairpins, clips, and rubber bands can break hair.
How to prevent hair fall?
Avoid using water that is either too hot, or too cold. This disturbs the scalp's delicate pH balance and impedes in the growth of new hair follicles, not to mention, that it also weakens existing hair follicles.
Make sure that you rinse your hair thoroughly BEFORE you use shampoo. This makes the application of shampoo that much simpler and more effective.
Never use a bath towel to rub your hair dry, instead simply dab the damp hair and if you must, use a blower or hair dryer on a gentle setting to dry the excess moisture.
Avoid brushing or combing wet hair, if you are looking to style your hair, do so when your hair is damp, and not heavy on moisture. Wet hair when combed is prone to breakage.