Does your hair suddenly become a lot thinner? Seeing a nest of hair in the drain and all over your pillow can be frustrating, surprising, downright disheartening, and might cause you to panic. But did you know that hair loss is more common than you might think?
The American Academy of Dermatologists states that it is normal to lose 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. But if you notice a lot of hair in your brush, ponytail, in the shower drain, or on your pillow, then you may be losing more hair than you should. And if you think you are losing more hair than what you think is "normal", it is time to figure out what is causing your tresses to fall out. After all, our hair is the crown that we never take off. So we better take care of it.
What causes hair loss?
There is some kind of trigger that leads up to hair loss. It can be hormonal issues, certain types of hairstyling that can cause hair loss over time, systemic diseases, and others. Let us find out what is causing your hair to fall.
- Hormonal changes
Many conditions can cause permanent or temporary hair loss like hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
- Medical conditions
Alopecia areata is a medical condition that is related to the immune system. It causes patchy hair loss, scalp infections such as ringworm, and trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder.
Family history is the most common cause of hair loss that happens when aging. Androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness and female=pattern baldness) usually occurs in patterns. A person with androgenic alopecia will experience a receding hairline, bald spots, and thinning hair on the scalp's crown.
- Hair-styling, heat-styling, and treatments
We all know that harsh chemicals are a big no-no for our hair and even for our overall health. Too much hair-styling such as hairstyles that pull your hair tight, or those that expose your hair to too much heat can cause your hair to fall.
- Stress. Stress. Stress.
After experiencing a physical or emotional shock, people tend to experience a general thinning of hair. But this type of hair loss is just temporary. So if you have lost hair as a result of stress or anxiety, there is a chance it will start to grow back once your stress levels are back to normal.
- Medications and supplements
Some drugs can have side effects such as those used for treating cancer and heart disease. And hair loss can be a side effect of those medicines.
How to grow back healthy hair?
It is normal to want to regrow your hair after experiencing hair loss. Going natural is the best option. Here are some ways you can try to naturally grow back your hair.
- Give your scalp a relaxing massage.
Massaging your scalp each day can improve hair thickness. It increases blood flow to the hair follicle and therefore prolongs the growth cycle of hair.
- When life gives you a lemon, use it to regrow your hair.
Lemon is said to improve hair quality and growth. Applying lemon juice or lemon oil can help you maintain a healthy scalp. Just leave the juice or oil on your scalp for 15 minutes. Then rinse and shampoo your hair, and rinse again.
- Soothe your scalp by applying pure aloe vera gel.
Another natural remedy you can try is aloe vera. It has long been used for treating hair loss and dandruff. Apply aloe vera gel to your scalp and hair a few times per week.
- Have it trimmed regularly.
Split ends will eventually cause your hair to break farther up on the strand, and it will then be kept from growing longer. So make sure to chop the dead ends!
- Shampoo less.
Most shampoos contain harsh ingredients that strip away natural oils you need for long, healthy hair. It is best to use hair products that are sulfate-free and avoid shampooing your hair every day.
- Wash your tresses with cold water.
Why? Well, cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair more smoothly which can prevent damage.
I know, you love your hair so dearly. Who doesn't? But try not to panic when you are having hair loss. Worrying over it will just add to the stress that might be causing your hair to fall. Instead, figure out what is causing your hair to fall and find ways how to control it and grow it back. I hope these tips will help you restore the shine of your crown!
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