WHY ME? The reasons behind hair loss
So, you’re losing your hair. But don’t let it get you down. This week at Hair Loss Solutions, we’re going to help you better understand your hair loss and then help you find the best way to treat it.
Here are the most common reasons for hair loss:
1. Stress. You wouldn’t think that stress would cause something like this, but it can. According to Health.com, your hair has a life cycle: a growth phase, rest phase and shedding phase. But when something traumatic happens, like a car accident, the shock of it causes more hair to go into the “shedding” phase. A few months after the trauma, your hair will suddenly start falling out. The good news: your hair should go back to normal after that.
2. Another reason for hair loss in women? Pregnancy. Because the hemorrhoids and “Mommy brain” weren’t enough, some women also lose hair due to the trauma of giving birth, coupled with a roller coaster of hormonal changes. Don’t worry; it should grow back.
3. Or on the opposite spectrum Menopause. The hormonal imbalance is a huge contributor to an increase in testosterone allowing it to turn into dihydrotestostrone which suffocates the follicle from the inside. Because the weight gain and hot flashes weren’t enough!
4. Or not enough of a good thing. in this case, we’re talking about a lack of protein, vitamin B or iron. You might want to go to the doctor and get your blood tested to make sure you’re not anemic. As well as research shows that clients that are vegetarians because of the lack of animal proteins have increased hair loss so make sure to supplement.
5. While you’re there, have your doctor check for auto-immune diseases, hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (in women) and Lupus. All of those conditions can cause hair loss.
6. And while you can’t really shampoo the hair right off your head, if you overdo it on shampooing, perming, bleaching, dyeing or even tight braiding and curling your hair with hot rollers, you can damage and break your hair. The main reason behind having to shampoo your hair everyday is because of overactive sebaceous glands. Most shampoos on the market have SLS in them which is found in engine decreases and most laundry detergents and dish soap. It’s what gives it that thick lather but it strips your hair of the natural oils it needs to be healthy and shiny. Our Gentle Shampoo is an amazing product that is SLS Free and can eliminate having to wash your hair daily because it slows down your sebaceous glands desire to over react. Find our Gentle Shampoo, Conditioner and all topical products here.
There’s involutional alopecia, and unfortunately that’s an “age thing.” As you get older, your hair thins. (Isn’t it a shame this doesn’t also happen to our thighs or stomach?)
And then there’s androgenic alopecia, and it’s a genetic condition. So those lovely people who you call Mom and Dad, the ones who gave you brown eyes and good skin and an overbite also passed on the hair loss gene. (Gee, thanks, Mom and Dad.) This affects men and women and is typically known as male- or female-pattern baldness.
This is far more common than you would think. According to www.the-dermatologist.com, 50% of men and as many as 13% of premenopausal women have androgenic alopecia. That number jumps for women after menopause.
You are not alone in this struggle. And no matter what the cause of your thinning hair, don’t worry. You have far more options than you think. Give us a call at Hair Loss Solutions to find out more.