Seeing a clump of hair on your brush or shower drain every day can be alarming. You might start thinking that you have a severe hair loss issue or a health problem that is causing the shedding.
On average, a person sheds between fifty to a hundred hairs a day, which means finding strands on your comb or in your shower drain is normal. Nevertheless, hair loss can be scary for both men and women, especially if you notice your hairline has started receding.
If that happens, or if you develop patchiness or bald spots, you should see a specialist. Continue reading to find out what might be the cause of your hair loss.
- #1. Stress
It’s common to experience general hair thinning after a physical shock or if you’re dealing with psychological or emotional stress. Some examples of events that could put a lot of pressure on your body include rapid weight loss, childbirth, financial concerns, chronic illness or surgery.
You may notice clumpy hair loss for a few months after the event. Often, this is only temporary and your hair will grow back. If your emotional stress and anxiety persist, it’s vital that you seek help, especially if your daily life is being affected. Regular exercise, relaxation and breathing techniques can also counteract psychological stress.
- #2. Poor Nutrition And Vitamin Deficiencies
A lack of proper nutrients is another contributing factor to hair loss. Although poor nutrition may not be the primary cause of your hair loss, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can worsen the problem.
For this reason, many experts recommend improving your diet. Supplementing vitamins A, C, D, E, iron, protein, zinc, biotin and other essential fatty acids can enhance hair growth and correct deficiencies.
- #3. Medical Condition And Medication
You may experience excessive hair loss if you are dealing with a medical issue. If you have a diagnosed medical condition, therefore, ask your doctor if hair loss is one of the possible side effects. Hair loss can also be a reaction to medications like heparin, beta-blockers, warfarin, anticoagulants, antidepressants and some oral contraceptives. If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, you will experience significant hair loss.
Make sure to check your medications and their side effects. In most cases, your hair will eventually grow once you stop taking the drugs.
- #4. Hormonal Changes
Genes and hormones can cause androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, among both men and women. The likelihood of experiencing this condition increases with age. Androgenetic alopecia runs in families, so if other family members have it, there’s a reasonable chance that you’ll also get it.
More than half of all males aged 50 and above experience some degree of hair loss. Women are most likely to be affected after menopause. Hair loss during menopause occurs due to the reduced production of progesterone and oestrogen in the body. When your progesterone and oestrogen levels drop, your hair grows more slowly and becomes thinner.
If you’re worried that your hair loss results from hormonal imbalances, you should approach your doctor for advice and assistance.
- #5. Treatment And Hairstyling Choices
Excessive hairstyling, including bleaching, heat styling, colouring and other permanent treatments can all damage your hair and cause it to fall out. Hairstyles that pull the hair excessively tight are another danger. Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by repeatedly pulling the hair; regularly putting your hair in a tight bun, braids, or ponytails can be enough to trigger it.
Signs to look for include pimple-like bumps on your scalp. Other indications are broken hairs or thinning areas on different parts of the scalp. The hair follicles will eventually become scarred and damaged to the extent that they cannot produce new hair.
To prevent hair fall out due to hair styling and treatments, give your hair a break from time to time and wear it down. If you need to pull it up in a bun or ponytail, it’s better to keep it loose. Keep your hairdryer or flat iron’s heat settings on low or use heat protectant when using heat styling.
There are several reasons why your hair might be falling out. Vinci Hair Clinic can help you analyse your symptoms and get to the root of the problem. We will work with you to determine the best course of action and prevent further issues. We offer a free consultation to get the process started. Get in touch and book your session with us today!