Hair loss affects millions of men and women every year, starting in 40% of men by the age of 35, and women by the age of 40. The American Academy of Dermatology has declared August as Hair Loss Awareness Month, providing education about hair loss and empowering those that suffer from hair loss to get ahead of the game and to realize they aren’t alone.
While everyone within their lifetime will see some form of hair loss, for some, the problem could be more serious, so be proactive in your journey and understand what is going on on top of that head of yours!
As a form of expression and individualism, styling your hair can be quite important. Coloring, bleaching, or using heat excessive styling tools can look amazing, but can often lead to root damage, breakage, damage, and hair loss. Thankfully this is an easy one to fix and doesn’t cause permanent damage, you simply need to take care of those locks and give it a break from the harsh chemicals and heat.
In a time where stress is almost certain, physical and emotional stress can be a cause of hair loss. And not just stress, but any traumatic physical event such as a car accident, a death in the family, even pregnancy, can trigger those locks to start falling out.
There are three very important cycles in your hair’s life that when working adequately, allows your hair to grow and remain healthy, but when something disrupts this cycle, such as stress or a traumatic event, that cycle is broken, causing more of those follicles to go into the resting phase. Your new hair follicles can’t keep up, so your hair can start to thin excessively. As with over-styling, hair loss from stress is only temporary, and will normally sort itself out after several months, sometimes longer.
Just as our bodies need certain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to remain healthy and strong, so does our hair. Having deficiencies, or not eating properly, can cause those locks to become weak and damaged, and can eventually lead to hair loss. Protein is extremely important for your hair as hair follicles are made up of a protein called Keratin. If your diet lacks protein, this can lead to your follicles falling away.
It is also important to stay away from foods that are high in sugar as well as fried foods. Everything is great in moderation, but eating too much of one thing that isn’t good for your body or for your hair can create many problems most would like to avoid.
Hypothyroidism, having an underactive thyroid gland, is located in the neck and produces hormones that are crucial to your metabolism, growth, and development. When the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, hair loss slowly develops. Hypothyroidism is very common, and if left untreated, hair loss can continue to occur.
This is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women, normally referred to as male/female pattern baldness. Unlike the others, this one cannot be cured on your own. Androgenetic alopecia involves the action of hormones called androgens, which are essential to the regulation of hair growth. A combinations of DHT and genes makes it impossible for new hair to grow back, killing the hair follicle and reeking havoc on your head. Experts are still working everyday to find a cure, but thankfully there are products out there that can help stimulate the hair follicle to allow new hair to grow back.
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