The dreadful experience of hair loss is not limited to me or you, or anyone for that matter regardless of age, gender, race or status. I imagine witnessing the thinning of my crowning glory day by day, is like painfully stripping my self-confidence layer by layer, day by day. Indeed, it is agonizing for those who see their full head of hair, slowly thinning, becoming a full head of balding spots.
Hair loss occurs when the shedding phase is faster than the growth of new hairs, yet worse if it sheds more than it should in a day. Our head in average holds about 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hairs.
Most experts agree that it is normal to lose 50 to 100 strands a day because new strands of hair are supposed to grow back overtime at its healthy optimum speed.
To understand better, here are 9 causes of hair loss:
Is growing old a contributing factor? While some say it is, it is not entirely wrong to think as such. It is a fact that as we age, our body cells naturally become weaker which may slow down the speed of new hair growth, unless we continuously feed our body with the right and sufficient nourishment.
When your body is under-nourished, naturally your body will become less effective in functioning. Protein and iron are essential supplements to help reduce hair loss.
Low iron can occur in those who go on a sudden crash diet, vegetarians, women who are going through menopause, after birth or had undergone surgery recently.
Therefore, it is a good practice that when you do a medical check-up, you might consider checking the level of iron in your body. However, besides protein and iron, other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and water are also important in ensuring healthy hair growth (meaning, hair growing at its naturally optimum speed).
Diseases, Illnesses and Other Medical Conditions
Diabetes, lupus, high fever, thyroid diseases, cancer or some scalp conditions such as psoriasis are some disorders that can affect the growth and the overall production of hair in your body.
For example, the imbalance of thyroid hormone production due to improper functioning of the thyroid glands can cause either thinning of hair or hair loss on the scalp.
Another example is psoriasis which is basically patches of raised red skin with thick silvery scales. Although it is not infectious and not contagious the red scaly skin can become infected if not treated.
About 2 to 3 months after childbirth, when hormones return to 'normal', hairs that should have fallen out before childbirth, begin to shed.
This is a normal cycle and things will go back to normal between six to twelve months. If for some reason it has not, it could be deficiency in minerals and vitamins because these supplements help to grow your hair faster.
Side effects of medication like lithium and diet pills containing amphetamines are known to cause hair loss especially among teens. People who are undergoing cancer chemotherapy sessions and taking medication for gout, depression, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart problems and others may trigger baldness. For women, birth control pills can also cause hair loss.
Hair loss or baldness can be inherited from either side of parentage. Unfortunately, since it runs in the genes, there is nothing much that can be done. This condition can start as early as in your teens.
Can I say this is the most common cause for hair loss? As long as you are under stress or feel anxious or depressed over something, it can trigger hair fall. Therefore, although sometimes it may be hard, do take time our every day to chill out, rest and relax.
Improper Scalp and Hair Care
In summary, this means exposing your scalp to 'harmful gadgets' and chemicals like blow dryers, 'heating tools', chemically induced hair products, rough handling of your hair like tugging and tying it too tight, rigorously drying your hair after a hair wash, sharing combs (may spread scalp or skin infections) as well as not keeping your scalp clean and not giving it regular massages.
Hair loss is fast becoming a major problem. To be honest, our hair is our crowning glory and asset. If we do not pay close attention, we may be losing our hair without us noticing.
Then by the time it becomes noticeable not only to you but also the people around you, it would have cost us dearly and a long time to recover its condition or worse, nothing can be done.
Therefore do take the commitment, discipline, time and effort to treat your scalp and hair with loving care for healthy scalp and hair to accelerate your hair growth.
No matter what type of hair you have, be it curly or straight, if your hair is long then there are hair styles to suit you.
Hair styles for long hair do not work that well if the hair is fine, or if the face is narrow and long in shape. But for hair that has a nice medium to thick texture, then there is plenty that can be done.
Long hair can take some preparation, due to the amount of hair on the head. If you are pushed for time, then a classic style such as a pony tail or multiple pony tails can be created quickly.
If you are feeling more adventurous and are planning a trip to the hair salon, two styles which are good for those with long hair are the Long Undercut and the Long Graduated Cut.
The Long Undercut is similar to a shoulder length 'bob' style hair cut. The hair cut begins at the bottom and works it way to the top. This makes each individual layer slightly longer than the layer beneath it. What this does is to give the hair a heavier look at the ends with a slight under curve. If the hair is curly to begin with, then the under curl at the ends will be more prominent.
The Long Graduated Cut starts from bottom to top. Each individual layer gets shorter as it works its way up and ends by blending into the top. If the hair is curly or wavy to begin with, then this hair style works well. Also, this style works better on medium to thick hair but not so well on fine hair.
Having long hair gives the person many choices of hairstyle. And with the right hairstylist working his or her magic, then the options for different hairstyles are only limited by the imagination of the stylist.
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