HAIR LOSS can happen to both men and women – but it can be worrying when you notice a significant amount being lost.
It’s great when you can accept the loss. There are a few things you can do to get hold of these strands.
Medically speaking, there isn’t a single reason women lose their hair. But there is a difference between losing a few stray strands and the usual alopecia.
This autoimmune disease occurs when your body’s immune system mistakes your hair follicles for a virus and attacks them.
Meanwhile, the NHS website says that “70 percent of women over the age of 70 have female pattern baldness” as they get older.
However, sudden hair loss also affects young women and is “due to extreme stress”.
Men are more likely to lose their hair due to male baldness – a genetic trait inherited from your parents.
It can happen in your late 20s or much later in life.
Other causes include certain medications, too much vitamin A, or too little protein.
Illness or stress can also lead to a sudden, heavy shedding called telogen effluvium.
First, assess your daily hair care routine and switch your shampoo to a sulfate-free formula.
Because while this ordinary shampoo can be an absolute bargain, it will most likely dry out your strands and increase your risk of hair loss. Even more so if you wash it daily.
Sulfate-free shampoos are much more moisturizing to sensitive hair and don’t have to be expensive.
If you’ve already developed bald spots, it has been medically proven that investing in a hair lotion containing minoxidil will help slow down baldness.
Although it’s a bit messy, massaging eggs into your scalp or rinsing your hair with green tea is also said to encourage growth.
Fortunately, there are some simple lifestyle changes sufferers can make to combat hair thinning.
If your hair looks dull and thin, consider increasing your protein and vegetable intake by preparing some healthy meals.
So next time you do the weekly grocery shopping, stock up on enough eggs to smear on your scalp and cook with one afterward.
A medium-sized egg contains a whopping 6g of protein – thin-haired ladies watch out.
Eating a diet high in protein and vitamins is not only good for your overall health, but the nutrients also strengthen hair and prevent it from thinning.
And as simple as it may sound, never skip the conditioner after shampooing – you will love your curls for it.