10 Common Causes Of Hair Loss In Men And Women And 10 Effective Tips And Home Remedies To Control Hair Loss
Our hair is precious. A healthy looking mane can go some way to defining who we are, and it can fill us with lots of confidence. And while everyone loses hair, most of us only lose bits and pieces so as not to be concerned by it. We have a shower, and notice a few strands of hair have collected near the plug hole. We blow dry it, brush it, and notice more strands of hair have got tangled in our brush. It’s no big deal, we say.
Excessive hair loss is when things start to get really scary. You wake up in the morning and find something that looks like a hair ball on your pillow and start to freak out. Not only could something frightening be causing it, but you also really don’t want to go bald. What gives?
On average, both men and women can lose up a hundred hairs each day without it being a big deal. A new one will usually always replace each lost hair. But sometimes, hair loss can be a sign of something a bit more serious, something that needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist. If you’re concerned about hair loss, let’s take a look at 10 of the most common causes of hair loss in both men and women, as well as 10 effective tips and home remedies to control hair loss.
Hereditary Hair Loss
This cause of hair loss is quite often down to genetics, and is scientifically known as androgenetic alopecia. This type of hair loss is super common, and basically means that you’ve sadly inherited a gene from your father or mother’s side of the family. They say that hair loss skips a generation, so if you’re grandfather was bald, there is a good chance you may lose your hair too.
Hereditary hair loss can start as early as your 20’s, and sometimes even sooner. The common trend is for your hairline to thin behind your bangs, and sometimes it can start to spread around your whole scalp. The best way for a dermatologist to determine your cause of hair loss is to check for a pattern and order some blood work.
Another one of causes of hair loss is lupus. If you’ve never heard of lupus, it probably sounds like a really awful, debilitating disease. It actually is, especially when you consider the symptoms: fatigue, painful mouth ulcers, headaches, swollen joints, skin rashes. Urgh!
See, lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease which causes your immune system to actually gang up on healthy tissues! Around 1.5million people are affected, with women at their most vulnerable during childbearing years.
As well as causing fatigue, oral ulcers and headaches, lupus can also cause hair loss. Hair loss caused by lupus ranges from mild to severe. When it’s severe, hair comes out in big chunks and is usually accompanied by a scalp rash.
Poor Hair Etiquette
There is good hair etiquette and there is bad hair etiquette. Bad hair etiquette is when you use all the wrong hairstyling tools, such as curling irons, strengtheners, gels, sprays, and so on.
While all these products might help your hair to look the part, filling you with confidence at the same time, they can also be damaging it, both in the short term and the long term.
Some products are more harmful than others. While many of us simply cannot get by without using a hairstyling tool of some sort, it’s much more helpful to use ones that are going to cause you no harm.
Tight ponytails can also cause hair damage, as can using the wrong combs. Excessive colouring also leads to hair loss.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Another one of common causes of hair loss is iron deficiency anemia. For women, iron deficiency can occur as a direct result of heavy periods. For both men and women, it can be caused by a diet that is lacking in iron-rich foods. What basically happens is that your blood simply doesn’t have the right amount of red blood cells. And these cells are needed to transfer oxygen to your cells, giving you the right amount of energy to get you through the day.
Iron deficiency can cause all kinds of symptoms that we link to a lack of energy, including weakness, extreme fatigue, headaches, and brain fog. But it can also cause hair loss, which is definitely not cool.
You really are what you eat, and wrong diet can also be one of causes of hair loss.
If you eat the wrong foods, all kinds of things can go out of balance in your body, and hair loss is sometimes a major warning sign that something is not quite right with your diet.
Protein is essential for healthy hair. After all, it is a protein called keratin that makes our hair. If we do not eat enough protein-based foods, are hair will simply become brittle. It will then become weak until eventually it withers and falls out.
As well as protein, you also need to make sure that you’re consuming enough iron and zinc, while a high consumption of animal fats can also cause hair loss.
Another one of causes of hair loss is telogen effluvium, which is a condition that usually affects just women. It can occur after pregnancy, sudden weight loss, stress and major surgery. When it causes stress, telogen effluvium can also cause hair loss, usually when you’re brushing or styling your mane.
If telogen effluvium is causing you stress, hair loss is usually experienced any time between 6 weeks and three months after the catalyst for your stress. At the height of your anxiety, you can lose up handfuls of hair at a time.
Unfortunately, there are actually no tests available for this condition. Instead, a doctor may try to root out the cause for your stress. They will also look for club-shaped bulbs, which indicates that hair has undergone a total cycle of growth and has thus fallen out as a consequence of stress.
Although medication is something we are prescribed by a doctor, and therefore should be good for us, it can come with a few side effects. These range from nausea and headaches, to mild or even permanent hair loss.
Birth control pills and steroids are the prime movers and shakers when it comes to hair loss. Other medication treatments that can cause hair loss as a side effect include heart disease medications, pills for diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as acne remedies.
Too Much Vitamin A
A consumption of too much Vitamin A can also be one of causes of hair loss. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “But I’m always told to consume MORE vitamin A, and now you’re telling me that it can cause hair loss?!”
Okay, we all need vitamin A. But just like too much mercury from tuna can cause mercury poisoning, too much vitamin A can trigger hair loss.
It usually isn’t the vitamin A found in food that causes hair loss. That’s perfectly fine. Instead, if you get your vitamin A from supplements and medications, it could well be this that is the cause of your mane getting thinner.
Unfortunately, the environment seems to be doing more bad than good for us these days. Climate change is supposedly looming, while air pollution has been with us for decades.
Although you might think that changes to the environment don’t directly affect you – especially not visibly – pollutants in the air and water can cause hormonal imbalances that can lead to hair loss.
So the next time you’re wandering around a chemical industrial park, you might want to check your hair the next morning.
Okay, we’re kidding.
Check it the same night!
Ageing causes all kinds of health problems and it can also be one of causes of hair loss. None of us look as good as we did when we were fifteen. We’ve got aches and pains, blemishes, cellulite, bags underneath our hairs – as well as less hair.
The thing with ageing is that it starts pretty much the moment we were born. You may still be in your twenties and consider yourself to be young, but you can still shows signs of ageing. Hair loss is one of the biggest giveaways.
As we get older, our follicles deteriorate. It’s just a fact of life. The sands of time pass, we lose our hair. It’s just the way it is. Sadly 🙁
Now let’s take a look at 10 effective tips and home remedies to control hair loss…
Hair loss can really get you down. It can ruin your self-esteem, damage relationships, and things can get so bad that you don’t even want to leave the house.
If you’re struggling with hair loss at the moment and are quite literally tearing your hair out in frustration, let’s take a look at 10 super effective tips and home remedies that will bring it under control.
Hair Oil Massage
Perhaps the first thing you should do to take care of hair loss is to massage your scalp with the right kind of hair oil. A good, cleansing massage can increase the blood flow back to your follicles. It will also condition your scalp, as well as strengthen your roots.
As a bonus, a hair oil massage can help to soothe you and reduce symptoms of stress.
I know what you’re thinking: Why would anyone want to put onion on their hair? Won’t the smell linger for weeks?
The thing with onion juice is that its high in sulphur, which is what is needed to boost blood circulation to your follicles. It will also regenerate withered follicles, as well as heal inflammation.
Coconuts are super amazing and are used treat a whole host of health issues – including hair loss.
Coconut milk itself is high in vitamin E and fats, and it is these properties that help to moisturise your mane, keeping it in tip top shape. It is also rich in potassium, which aids with hair growth, as well as numerous antibacterial properties that keep pesky free radicals from wreaking havoc on your scalp.
Aloe vera is one of our favourite ever things here at Beauty and Tips, and it’s just great for curing hair loss.
Aloe vera is rich in the enzymes that are needed for healthy hair growth. It also contains the right kind of alkaline properties that bring your scalp’s pH back to a better, healthier level. Moreover, regular use of aloe vera can prevent an itchy scalp, as well as reduce inflammation.
Beetroot is a purple lovely that is often ignored by many. But as well as being good for your diet, beetroot can also promote healthy hair growth. This is thanks to its high protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin B content. You can either apply ground beetroot leaves to your scalp, or drink fresh beetroot juice.
Mix Greek yogurt with honey and lemon juice in a bowl to make a paste. Then, apply it to your scalp with a hair dye brush before leaving for 30 minutes. Then rise with cold water.
This procedure should ideally by done before you get into the bath at least once a week. It works because Greek yogurt is a natural conditioner, containing vitamin B5 that works wonders for your hair. It also contains protein and probiotics (the stuff that makes your hair glow).
Chinese Hibiscus is rich in plenty of good stuff: phosphorous, vitamin C and riboflavin. These nutrients make your hair strong and smooth, and they also eliminate nasty toxins. All you ned are 10 Chinese Hibiscus flowers and 2 cups of virgin coconut oil. Mix the two together, heat, and then apply to your hair every night.
Egg mask is a big fav over here for effective home remedies for withered hair. Egg whites come with some amazing healing properties that can restore your hair to its natural condition. They contain everything you need: zinc, proteins, phosphorous and iron.
Honey and Olive Oil
Taken two tbsp of honey and two tbsp of olive owl before mixing with cinnamon powder in a bowl. Once you have made a paste, apply it your scalp before leaving for 20 minutes. This paste is super effective at soothing your hair and encouraging proper hair growth. We suggest that you apply the mixture a few times a week.
Vegetables are just great; there is nothing bad about them, and nothing they can’t do. One of our favourite mixtures is carrot, capsicum juice and lettuce. Drink this mixture today to help thinning hair become thicker again.
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