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Hair Loss: Understanding The Loss Of Your Locks

Longevity logo Longevity 13-02-2018 Pierrette Mulumba

Losing 100 hairs a day is normal, but if you feel that your hairbrush is leaving you with little to style, then there might be a severe underlying cause. When it comes to severe hair loss, there are many probable causes, which can often make this condition difficult to manage. However, once you’ve discovered the reasoning behind your shedding, you’ll soon find yourself out of a hairy situation.

Understanding hair loss

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The American Academy of Dermatology views hair loss as a symptom of an underlying illness be it thyroid diseases or polycystic ovary syndrome. However, it can also be a result of new medication, stress, a poor diet, hormonal imbalances and genetics.

1. Telogen effluvium

This type of hair loss is a direct result of hormonal changes such as stress and pregnancy. Our adrenal glands are responsible for our cortisol. High levels of stress affect your cortisol production which can then lead to adrenal fatigue, of which hair loss is a common sign. Telogen effluvium is temporary but chronic stress can make it more long-term. It can also occur during menopause, as menopause comes with increased hormonal changes.

2. Androgenetic alopecia

This form of hair loss causes the most concern as it’s essentially balding. Genetics causes the hair follicles to decrease in size, thinning the hair which then eventually disappears. Adreogenetic alopecia can have a serious effect on a woman’s self-esteem, which can then affect her day-to- day life. The American Academy of Dermatology cites genetics  as the most common cause of this condition in the United States.

3. Traction alopecia

Wearing a tight, sleek ponytail leads to this type of hair loss. The stress put on the hair results in a receding hairline. Hair treatments like bleaching and relaxers are also responsible for this type of hair loss.

4. Nutrition

Malnourishment is a common contributing factor of hair loss. Vitamin E, while being a powerful antioxidant, is also essential for healthy hair so lack of can result in the loss of your locks. In protecting us against free radicals, vitamin E works with the cells in the hair follicles to promote growth. When your body is lacking in essential nutrients, it will move all the nutrients it has to vital organs and this excludes your hair. Vitamin E can be found in foods like green vegetables, nuts and seeds. Although attempting to give your body the nutrients it’s missing through supplements, you could actually be causing your hair to fall out. The Clinical and Experimental Dermatology discovered that excessive use of supplements can promote hair loss thus it is imperative that supplements are only taken when there is an actual deficiency. 

Growing it back

Once you’ve have discovered the cause of your hair loss, you can focus on treatment. In the case of medications being a cause, ensure that you consult your doctor. In the case hormonal hair loss, a lifestyle change is needed. Incorporate a diet that promotes hair growth and include green tea in it as studies have shown its potential to promote hair growth. Furthermore, learning to properly manage your stress as well as leaving your hair down can ensure that your keep locks flowing.

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