Does it seem like your comb is collecting more hair than is on your head? While it's a fact that everyone sheds hair, no one wants to shed more than they need to.
Hair loss happens for a variety of reasons. It frequently occurs in women due to hormonal issues or genetic factors, but there are other more common things that you may be doing everyday that is causing hair loss. While this type of hair loss is only temporary, it can still be scary as hell.
Check out the 11 ways you may be unknowingly thinning out your hair.
1. Birth Control
Your hormonal birth control could be causing your hair loss. Birth control works by using hormones to suppress ovulation. Women who are sensitive to hormonal changes can experience hair loss either while on the pill or after stopping the pill. If this sounds like you, contact your doctor and talk about other non-hormonal options such as the Copper IUD.
2. Juice Cleanse
Here at Fulfillity we are big supporters of healthy eating. However, more extreme diet changes like long juices fasts, can cause your hair to weaken and fall out. Major changes in your diet can create a weak point in hair strands which leads to the hair breaking off. This weak point is caused by the change in nutrients being used to make the hair. To avoid this, be aware of your protein and essential fatty acid consumption during cleanses and fasts. Also consider taking a supplement to maintain your vitamin levels.
3. Not Washing Your Hair Enough
The frequency of which you should wash your hair varies with hair texture. However if you workout or sweat you should wash you hair more often. The dirt and grime on your scalp can cause blockage to the follicles and hair loss. A dirty scalp will also clog up your pores which can cause inflammation and itchy scalp. The scratching alone can pull out your hair.
4. Tight Hair styles
It’s common knowledge that tight hairstyles can cause hair loss. The constant tug of Braids, ponytails and other styles pull on hair follicles. Regular stress like this can lead to hair loss conditions, such as traction alopecia.
Stress can cause the body to go into a kind of survival mode in which it only produces vital nutrients for the body to survive. During these times, hair may not only shed but production could stop entirely.
Stress also increases cortisol levels and induces the hormone changes that are responsible for hair loss. By learning and practicing effective stress-management techniques you can help yourself to reduce the severity of the symptoms and restore hair to its previous quality.
6. Prescription Drugs
A common side effect of many prescription drugs is hair loss. Your doctor may have failed to mention all of the side effects of your current prescriptions so make sure you do your own research. Your pharmacist is a great resource for information about the side effects of your medication.
7. Overuse of Hot Tools
Extreme heat from flat irons, curlers, and blow dryers are the main culprit for hair loss. These hair appliances can lead to breakage that looks like balding. To avoid the damage, lower the heat on your appliance and avoid using these styling tools on wet hair. The high heat boils the water on your hair strands and causes them to grow brittle and break off.
8. Chemical Treatments
Chemical Treatments like dyes, perms and bleaching break down the inner bonds of your hair to change the structure. This often causes your hair to become weak, dull, and brittle. Frequent use of this hair styling method increases the chances of serious damage and hair loss.
9. Thyroid Disease
A common symptom of thyroid disease is shedding and thinning of the hair. Thyroid disease goes largely diagnosed as the symptoms are usually fatigue, mood changes, weight gain, change in appetite, etc. Thyroid disease is a hormonal problem where your body is producing too much or too little thyroid hormone. If your thyroid gland is overactive or under active, it could cause your hair to fall out excessively. Talk to your doctor if you think you may be suffering from a thyroid disorder.
10. Allergy To Synthetic Hair
Many women experience itchiness, inflammation, and breakouts when using synthetic hair. They may be allergic to the chemicals used by manufactures to create, dye and style the hair. Any inflammation to the scalp, regardless of its causes, exacerbates hair loss. To avoid the inflammation caused by synthetic hair, consider prepping the hair first with apple cider vinegar to strip away many of the irritating chemicals.
11. Your Diet
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Long, strong hair depends on the body’s ability to construct a proper hair shaft, as well as the health of the skin and follicles. Good nutrition assures the best possible environment for building strong, lustrous hair. But this is not a quick fix. Changing your diet now will affect only new growth, not the part of the hair that is already visible.
Starting a hair-healthy diet today will mean a more gorgeous head of hair within a few months, depending on how fast your hair grows. On average, a person can expect to have about 6-9 inches of new growth every year, so it will take about that long to notice the effects of your nutritional changes. (Hair Growth Vitamins can speed up this process)
If you want to learn more about growing you hair check out our Free Ultimate Hair Guide.