A year into my marriage I was shocked to see tufts of hair falling out after each shampoo. At first I thought it would eventually stop, but it didn’t. Then, I panicked! I tried every remedy available on the internet, I went to a trichologist and she prescribed medicines which worked only temporarily on my hair thinning and it just left me feeling more concerned about losing my crowning glory. It wasn’t until, on my husband’s advice, I started meditation that I noticed some improvement. What happened with me can happen with anyone. No matter the reason, anyone who’s lost precious strands knows how upsetting it can be to discover a brush full of hair.
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This is why, getting to the root cause of hair thinning is important. It can take some detective work, but it’s not just a beauty issue and it will help in addressing the problem well. Here are the most common causes and fixes for excessive hair thinning.
The Culprit: Stress
Hair loss due to stress usually happens after a traumatic event like major surgery, a physical illness, miscarriage, the death of a loved one, or divorce. Our hair has three phases – growth, transition and resting phases – which produce hair in a cycle. Once your hair moves ahead from the resting phase into the growing phase, that’s when you get hair. Stress shocks a large percentage of our hair follicles into the resting phase. This means they stop producing hair.
Fix it: Hair loss due to acute stress is almost completely reversible. So, sit back and relax because each hair strand you spot in the comb or the drain is being replaced by a new one. Yoga and meditation, or other relaxation techniques may help; so, try to incorporate them into your daily routine.
The Culprit: Diet
If you deprive yourself of vitamins and nutrients, your hair is bound to suffer. When you eat things with too much fat, the excess cholesterol results in thinning of the blood vessels, which actually feed the hair follicles. This restricts the ability of our hair to get the optimum oxygen and nutrients that it needs.
Fix it: Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in the B vitamins, biotin and folic acid. Include leafy green vegetables such as spinach in your diet, as well as oranges, rice, beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, bran, nuts, and eggs. Get a blood test to ensure you don’t have any deficiency.
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The Culprit: Hormones
Fluctuating hormones are also one of the biggest reasons why women lose hair. The culprits include pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone therapy, and problems with the thyroid hormones. If a woman is complaining of increased hair loss, then doctors usually take her medical history into consideration. If she just had a baby then it’s not necessary to dig deeper, as the pregnancy may have caused the fall out. However, if she is not in the postpartum phase (or she has not been pregnant recently), then she should get a full blood panel checkup done. This includes the thyroid levels, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and also DHEA (dehydroepiand-rosterone), a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands.
Fix it: See a doctor, he or she will work out the reason behind your hair loss. If it is found out to be hormonal, rest assured, it will grow back. The fluctuating hormones have only signaled the follicles to shrink or go to resting phase temporarily. Your body will go back to normal once your hormone levels stabilize [this could take about three to six months].
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Finally, the best advice I could give you would be to treat your locks gently and with care, especially if they’re feeling fragile. Avoid harsh shampoos, products that use heat, and chemical laden hair care products; you will notice the change sooner than later! Ciao, for now!