Why your hair may be thinning.
Thin hair is high-maintenance hair! Read more about why it happens and what you can do about it.
Our hair is our crowning glory –, especially in our younger years. If your hair looks good, you feel good. But age, pregnancy, stress, illness and menopause can all lead to thinning. And having less hair to absorb oils often makes for
greasier hair, which starts to need more frequent washing.
Although regular hair loss of 100 hairs a day isn’t noticeable, as these are replaced with new hairs beginning their growth cycle, more noticeable hair loss can occur due to the following factors:
- Hereditary male and female pattern baldness. This is in your genes and impossible to alter.
- Hormonal changes, including pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid issues. These issues may or may not resolve on their own. Hair loss can also be due to high levels of dihydratestosterone (DHT), the hormone that causes hair loss in men. Many hair loss treatments are aimed at inhibiting DHT levels.
- Medical conditions: Ringworm, scalp infections and compulsive hair-pulling (trichotillomania) are examples.
- Medication and cancer treatments: Drugs for chemo, radiation, arthritis, depression, blood pressure and heart conditions can contribute to hair loss.
- Stress: Stress not only contributes to thinning hair, but an incidence of trauma or shock can result in severe hair loss (which is, luckily, temporary).
- Significant weight loss.
So what can you do?
In addition to managing your stress levels and keeping an eye on your nutrition, you can take the following steps to minimise hair loss:
- Make sure you have protein for breakfast.
- Add biotin (vitamin B6) to your daily routine (if your regular supplement is leaving you short on it).
- Chat to your GP about your concerns, if you’re taking medications for any of the conditions listed in point 4 above. Don’t stop taking any prescribed meds without your doctor’s approval.
- Avoid pulling your hair back too tightly when you wear it up. This places stress on your hair follicles and can cause traction alopecia.
- Be gentle with your hair, especially when washing, combing and brushing.
- Treat any scalp conditions that could be compromising the health of your hair follicles.
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