We normally shed hair
We shed hair everyday. On average we lose 50-100 strands a day. We shed some in the shower, while brushing, and when blow-drying our hair. But if you’re losing like thick clumps of hair, be warned. There may be a need to see a doctor right away.
What causes hair thinning and what are some ways to grow thicker and stronger hair strands?
The Main Causes of Hair Loss
1. It runs in the family
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, genetics or heredity is the most common cause of hair loss. It’s also called androgenetic alopecia (male-pattern or female-pattern baldness). This type of hair loss usually develops in patterns. For example, a receding hairline in men and hair thinning in women, which normally starts from behind the fringes.
2. Hormonal Imbalance
Another common reason of hair loss is hormonal change which can happen when a woman goes through menopause or gives birth. Another condition that falls into this category is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which also leads to an odd form of hair loss.
3. Underactive Thyroid Gland
This condition is also called Hypothyroidism. It’s when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce normal levels of hormones that our body needs for normal functioning. Among the symptoms of this abnormal condition include weak and brittle hair and nails.
4. Other Medical Conditions
Autoimmune disorders such as lupus also cause severe hair loss. Scalp conditions such as dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), fungal infections, and psoriasis also result in hair thinning. Unhealthy scalp conditions and inflammations make it difficult for the follicles to grow healthy hair.
5. Nutrient Deficiencies
Certain nutrient deficiencies can also result in hair loss. Deficiencies in iron, biotin, vitamin D, zinc, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, and Omega acids, you’re most likely going to experience hair loss. All of these nutrients contribute to having a healthy scalp and hair.
6. Excessive use of hair-styling products
Excessive washing, styling, and dyeing can also lead to hair fall and thinning. Shop-bought shampoos, hair dyes, and heating devices cause hair damage, which eventually lead to hair loss.
How to prevent hair thinningHair loss can be treated using the current approved hair loss medicines or through a natural approach. FDA-approved hair loss drugs are unfortunately not without side-effects. Dietary adjustments and using natural hair loss remedies is far better and safer.
- Load up on vitamin-rich food items - Incorporate more proteins, colorful fruits, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish in your diet.
- Regular scalp massage - Use essential oils such as coconut oil, argan, rosehip, jojoba, olive, or any other herbal plant extracts that contain nutrients promoting healthy scalp. Scalp massage helps regulate blood circulation in the scalp and stimulate hair growth. Hair growth masks or overnight coconut hot oil treatments also help in increasing the growth of new hair.
- Take hair vitamins - Our regular diet can be deficient of essential nutrients. When this happens we need to take proper supplements. B complex vitamins, antioxidants, omega acids, and trace minerals such as silica are important for our hair.
- Seek professional help - Severe cases of hair loss may need medical intervention. If you think that your hair loss remains severe after applying natural remedies, it is best to seek professional help. This should address any underlying condition that caused the hair loss.