It's a given fact, we lose about 100 strands of hair everyday. Hair growth is a continuous cycle: as new hair grows, others go into a resting phase, and the rest falls out to give way to the new ones. However, there are cases that we experience excessive hair loss – and there's nothing like the panic that sets in when you suddenly realise that there's more strands in your brush or on the floor than there should be!
Face it ladies, there are numerous reasons that can make those hair follicles quiver and quake from their roots and start heading off to the land of no return. Reasons can range from what you eat to major stress factors in your life:
Major Surgery or illness, treatments:
Such as chemotherapy, or even rapid weight change – all these can put too much stress on the body and in effect start hair loss
This can happen after giving birth when the woman has a lot of the hormone progesterone in her body, this hormone can force hair into the resting phase; hair loss can also result when you have an overactive or underactive thyroid gland
Blood pressure medications, high dose of Vitamin A, blood thinners
Such as ringworms can cause scaling on small patches of the scalp and then hair loss
Too little protein and iron can make your hair weak and start loss.
If the cause is surgery or a major illness, your hair will start growing back again after the surgery or when you've been cured of the illness. If it's caused by medications, it will grow back some time after you've stopped taking the medicine. If the cause is medication or hormonal imbalance, you should talk to your doctor to see if your meds can be changed or if there's something you can take for the hormonal imbalance. For other causes don't despair, there are other solutions to take:
Don't pull your hair out:
Ponytails or headbands that are too tight can cause alopecia or scarring of the scalp when the hair is pulled out. Avoid pulling the hair to avoid scarring and eventual hair loss.
Treatments and perms can also inflame the hair follicles and again, result in scarring and hair loss. So be careful of any salon treatments that can damage your hair follicles.
Hair is one of the first parts of our body affected by crash or fad diets. Make sure that you remain on a healthy, balanced diet. If the cause is medicines then talk to your doctor, he might be able to prescribe a different one. Infections and hormone balance can also be treated. For severe cases, you're doctor will also have the solution for you.
5 hair myths
1. Hats can cause hair loss
2. Shaving your hair will make it grow thicker
3. Hair loss only occurs when you're older
4. There is no cure for andro genetic alopecia
5. Dandruff causes permanent hair loss
Minerals for healthy hair
Calcium: Very, very important for hair growth. Found in tofu, fish, nuts, beans and lentils.
Chromium: Can help prevent hyperglycemia, which in turn can cause hair loss. Found in liver, beef and whole wheat bread.
Copper: Prevents hair loss. Found in eggs, chicken, beans and vegetables.
Iodine: Regulates thyroid hormones and it also prevents dry hair and hair loss. Found in fish, seaweed, garlic and iodized salt.
Potassium: Promotes healthy hair growth. Found in avocados, bananas, lima beans, brown rice, dates, dried fruits, yams and yogurt.
Selenium: Keeps skin elastic. Found in tuna, broccoli and fish.
Silica: Makes hair stronger. Found in seafood, soybeans, green vegetables and rice.
Sulfur: One of the main components of hair. Found in asparagus, meat, fish and dairy products.
Zinc: Works with Vitamin A, if you don't have enough you can get dry hair and oily skin. Found in mushrooms, red meat, spinach and sunflower seeds.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
With more than 122 years experience in the field of hair care, Wella offers expert advice and tips on dealing with hair loss.
Q: What causes hair loss?
Wella: Climate, hereditary, stress, pregnancy, medicine/drugs, wrong nutrition (drastic dieting, too less vitamins and minerals in the system)
Q: Is stress a factor in hair loss?
Wella: Stress influences the whole organism – the effects of stress are mainly visible on our hair and skin. It's the lack of sleep, changing of eating habits and hormones which our body produces all the time. Our emotional state can also contribute to a major hair loss problem.
Q: Is there any sickness/ medical condition that contributes to hair loss?
Wella: A lot of sicknesses that have to be treated with a long-term medication have a strong impact on the hair growth/loss and the way hair looks like medication after operations, thyroid gland patients and metabolic disease patients are strongly affected as most of the drugs they have to take are influencing our hormone balance
Q: What is the relationship between genetics and hair loss?
Wella: It's mainly a problem that men have to face if it comes to genetic hair loss. It is hereditary and it usually goes from one generation to the other, sometimes it skips a generation. Women are more likely to suffer from temporary hair loss (pregnancy, stress, dieting etc.). Genetics is not only in charge of hair loss problems it also plays a major role and determines whether you are having curly, straight, thick or thin hair, your height, if you are sporty, skinny, overweight etc. Have a closer look into your family history and it might give you an indication of what you can expect or might have to face in a couple of years!
Q: Can hair loss occur in young adults?
Wella: It can, but this would happen to cases of serious illness or very serious emotional occurrence. Hair loss can also come due to a shock to one person's body for example an accident or possibly a death that could really affect a person.
Q: What can be the cause of a sudden loss of a large mass of hair?
Wella: If the problem isn't temporary or hereditary it could be the so called illness “Alopecia areatra”. The cause for this phenomenon isn't discovered yet. It starts with little circles all over the scalp and these circles are getting wider and bigger each day. The second form and more severe is “Alopecia Totalis” which affects the entire scalp. Both types of hair loss should be treated through a dermatologist who knows exactly what to do.
Q: Do shampoos and other hair products cause hair loss?
Wella: Shampoos, conditioners or styling products can't cause hair loss. To cause hair loss you need to apply something on the scalp that is able to penetrate into the scalp – neither of the above mentioned products are able to do this as they are only treating, coating the cuticle (outer layer) of the hair.
Q: Are there any products available on the market to treat or prevent this problem?
Wella: Very effective anti hair loss products are System Professional (SP) Energy line – SP 1.5 Energy Shampoo, SP 2.5 Energy Serum and SP 3.5 Energy Elixir as well as Lifetex Balanced Nutrition – Energizing Shampoo and Energizing Ampoules or Tonic. Both product lines you can get in Wella salons around the whole GCC.
Source: Arabian Woman