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While men are more likely to lose their hair than women, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening to us. And when it does, it can be pretty darn scary! Hair shedding is totally normal, but you’ll know when there’s cause for concern. If there is, understanding why it’s happening could be a great way to prevent further hair loss in the future. Here are few reasons why you could be losing your hair, as well as some recommended hair loss treatments.
Stress-related hair loss is a real thing; so real, in fact, that there are three types you could be experiencing. The first, telogen effluvium, is when your hair stops growing altogether due to stress, and a few months later, the hair attached to your follicles starts to fall out. The second, alopecia areata, occurs when the immune system turns on the hair follicles, causing strands to fall out. The third, known as trichotillomania, involves a person compulsively pulling out their own hair – often a method of coping with stress, anxiety or depression. The plus side to this common hair loss cause is that once the stress is gone, so your hair grows back. To prevent further loss of hair, though, it’s important to talk to someone who can give you coping mechanisms to better deal with stress. First off, however, visit your doctor to confirm that stress is the cause of the problem.
If your hormones are out of whack, chances are it’s affecting a lot more than just your hair. When it comes to hair loss, however, hormones play a big role in regulating the hair growth cycle. Oestrogen is the hormone you want, as it keeps hair in its growth phase. Androgens, on the other hand, are the bad guys – often the result of hormone imbalance – which cause hair loss. There are a few measures you can take to try and regulate your hormones, like eating more healthy fats, limiting caffeine and prioritising sleep. If these, and other at-home methods, aren’t doing the trick, you’ll need to see a healthcare professional for further advice.
Anaemia is one of the very common causes of hair loss in women, and it occurs when your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells, or if your red blood cells don’t have enough haemoglobin. Besides losing your hair, those suffering from anaemia are likely to experience fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and cold hands and feet. A few natural ways to treat anaemia is by nourishing your spleen, using probiotics, reducing stress and, of course, eating more iron-rich foods. Again, if the problem persists, it’s best to see a doctor.
Sometimes, hair loss isn’t caused by a disease, and is simply the result of what you’re eating. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, it’s said that your body then rations protein by shutting down your hair growth (which is a protein-intense process). Fish, meat and eggs are your best bet to naturally feed your body some much-needed protein. Alternatively, you can try a supplement that also has just the right amount of vitamin A and B in it to prevent future hair loss.
Another common, yet hugely frustrating, cause of hair loss in women is genetics. If a female family member experienced the same problem sometime in their life, chances are it’s likely to affect you, or someone else in your gene pool. While there’s not much you can do about hereditary hair loss, cleansing your hair with specialist products can make a world of difference. We suggest L’Oréal Professionnel Serioxyl Shampoo, as it helps give you visibly thicker and fuller-looking hair in an instant. While this premium product isn’t a hair loss cure, it can help disguise the effects of hair loss.
But before you self-diagnose yourself with a deficiency you may not have, visit a medical professional for a proper diagnosis – and a hair professional for the right haircare routine and treatments going forward.
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