Losing hair is an upsetting issue, especially for women. Your locks are often the symbol of your femininity, and a sign of your beautiful appearance, so losing your hair can be quite frustrating. The good news is that you may be able to slow down the process by knowing the causes of your hair loss. Here are 10 reasons why your hair falls out.
1. Abusing styling products
Whether it's the overuse of heated tools, excessive brushing, or even excessive use of certain long-lasting products, can damage your hair. It may give you the impression of losing hair, but actually, they are merely detaching from their ends. "Hair myths, like brushing them a hundred times a day, can cause split ends," says Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Mirmirani also recommends us to dry our mane with a towel or hairdryer, brush as little as possible, avoid long-lasting styling products, and set styling tools at low to medium temperatures.
2. Always do your hair the same way
Do you often wear hair extensions, such as a bun or a ponytail like Ariana Grande? If this is the case, then according to The Independent, you may have "traction alopecia," a condition that happens after "persistent soft traction on the roots over several hours or days." Too tight rollers may lead to irregular traction alopecia pattern. Women who prefer ponytails may lose their hair on the sides of their foreheads. If this is the cause, the treatment is easy: Dr. Bauer. Mirmirani suggests that your mane needs to take breaks from braids, extensions, or any other tight styles to allow them to grow back.
3. Experiencing a hormonal change
According to Women's Health, a hormonal imbalance may lead to lower levels of hormones that promote hair growth (like estrogen and progesterone) and higher levels of hair loss hormones (like androgen and testosterone). Therefore, you need to determine the cause of the hormonal imbalance first, such as a thyroid problem or polycystic ovary syndrome. Once your doctor has determined the cause of this problem, they can develop the treatment to correct or minimize this issue.
4. Taking a birth control pill that is not adapted to your body
When the contraceptive pill is adapted to your body, your cramps are reduced, and your mood swings are not as intense. However, when birth control pills are not suited to your body, hormonal fluctuations occur, which can trigger hair loss.
5. Experiencing a physical trauma
As Dermatologist Marc Glashofer explained, "When you experience a really stressful event, it can disrupt the growth cycle, bringing more hair into the excretion phase." However, the good news is that once your injury recovers, so does the growth cycle. Don't worry.
6. Being stressed
As Dr. Glashofer noted, serious emotional stress can sometimes cause hair loss or accelerate the loss that is already happening. It will probably make you feel even more stressful, creating a brutal cycle. Developing a healthy lifestyle and doing a regular exercise can help you.
7. You don't eat well
You should take enough vitamin A from your daily meals, not too little, not too much. Consult your doctor about how much of vitamin A you should take, and develop healthy eating habits. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should eat fish, seafood, eggs, and meat to get enough protein and iron. If you are a vegetarian, nuts, seeds, fortified cereals, and beans are the best alternatives.
8. Having an autoimmune disease
If you have an autoimmune disease, including alopecia, will cause hair loss. According to Dr. Glashofer, these conditions occur when "the body becomes confused," and "the immune system sees hair as foreign and then targets it by mistake." Though steroid injections and medication can treat alopecia areata, you may lose your hair again. It is essential to see your doctor asap when you have an autoimmune disease.
9. Taking certain medications
Hair loss may be a side effect of a medicine you are taking. Talk to your doctor about the issue.
10. You don’t use enough shampoo
If you don't use enough shampoo, your hair stays on your scalp, causing hair loss when you wash them. Dr. Fusco suggests that to eliminate any build-up on your scalp, you can do a weekly scalp exfoliation, which is quite simple. Mix an exfoliant, such as sea salt or sugar, into your shampoo. Voila!