We all lose a certain amount of hair every day. The experts claim that the hair loss of 50 – 100 hairs a day, or up to 250 on the days when we wash your hair is perfectly normal. It is also natural to shed more hair in spring and fall. There is no need to worry since it’s just your body’s response to seasonal changes. No one really counts the number of lost strands, however, sometimes we notice that our hair is not as voluminous as it used to be, and the number of strands that have fallen out is visibly above normal.
Excessive hair loss is a problem that affects equally women and men. Any longer periods of excessive hair loss can be a sign of a medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, lupus, polycystic ovarian syndrome, diabetes, anemia, or different skin conditions. Make sure you first consult your doctor, especially if the hair loss is paired with other symptoms. Luckily, there are some less serious causes of hair loss.
Here we give you five possible reasons why your hair is falling out so much, and what you can do about it.
1. Tight braids and ponytails
If you like wearing your hair in tight braids and cornrows, or pulled back styles such as ponytails, or buns, and if you do it on a regular basis, don’t be surprised when you notice that your hairline is receding. Opting for a messier updo, or letting your hair down sometimes will give your stressed hair a bit of time to relax and rest.
Stress is the most frequent culprit for various conditions nowadays. If your body has experienced a very stressful situation, may it be an injury, a death of your loved one, or a breakup, you might notice fistfuls of fallen hair in your bath, probably not immediately, but up to three months after the stressful event. Even chronic, daily stress at your workplace can lead to excessive hair loss. Try to reverse the detrimental effects of stress with exercise, meditation, and a good night’s sleep.
Ah, hormones. Apart from stress, one of the most frequent culprits for all your problems, especially if you’re a woman. Pregnancy, birth control, menopause and any hormonal imbalances can cause hair loss. But don’t worry – it’s usually just temporary.
4. Dramatic weight loss
As much as desired weight loss can be healthy and good for you, a sudden and dramatic loss might shock and surprise your body, causing the thinning of your hair. In this case, just give your body a few months to recuperate and get used to your new weight.
5. Vitamin and mineral deficiency
Your thinning hair might also be a sign that your body is missing important vitamins and minerals. One of the common causes of hair loss is iron deficiency. Apart from that, bad dietary habits based on junk food can be the reason why your body is not getting enough protein and vitamins vital for hair growth. Work on improving your diet and include vitamin supplements into your diet. For example, CatalaseNow Super Premium Vitamin pills contain the super antioxidant enzyme called Catalase, and a mixture of herbal and mineral ingredients that may combat toxins and prevent hair loss and thinning.
Don’t forget to check out our article on the ways to promote hair growth and have better hair!