Hair loss is a pretty common phenomena. Whether you are showering, blow drying your hair or brushing it, everyone has experienced hair loss. Actually according to a New York Dermatologist by the name Francesca Fusco, we lose and average of 50-100 hairs daily. However, excessive hair loss may be a sign of a worse underlying condition requiring treatment. Thinning hair and hair loss may be as a result of certain conditions. Here are some examples.
1. Telogen Effluvium
This refers to the period after a major surgery, pregnancy, major weight loss or extreme stress where you experience major hair loss daily. The hair loss can also be a side effect of specific medications like beta-blockers, antidepressants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
In this condition, you may notice major hair loss, up to handfuls of hair. Therefore, to reduce this, you have to reduce your anxiety levels, lower the drug dosage or change the drug being taken or in the case of pregnancy, bide your time until the hair loss reduces.
2. Hereditary Hair Loss
Genetic hair loss or as scientifically known, Androgenetic Alopecia, is one of the major causes of hair loss. This condition is usually a hereditary gene. For women, this usually starts out as thinning at the hairline and it may start as early as in your 20s. This then develops to full blown hair loss.
You can slow down this condition by applying Rogaine or Minoxidil on your scalp twice a day. This medication can be used by both men and women though women should use one of lower strength.
3. Iron Deficiency (Anemia)
Women with heavy flows or this who do not take in enough iron can be prone to iron deficiency. This deficiency causes your blood to not have enough red blood cells and this could lead to poor body health and poor oxygen circulation. Poor body health results in poor hair health which means that your hair will eventually start thinning and falling off.
You can prevent this by having iron-rich meals like legumes, meat, eggs, and fortified cereals and so on.
4. Scalp Conditions
An unhealthy scalp can lead to inflammation which then makes it very difficult for hair to grow. Other skin conditions that can cause hair loss are dandruff, fungal infections kike ringworms and psoriasis.
For each condition, you can opt for a medicated shampoo and light therapy in addition to paying your dermatologist a visit.
5. Excessive Styling
This is a cause many people may not know about. Excessive shampooing and styling may result in weakening of hair and eventually excessive hair loss. This can simply be prevented by avoiding use of very hot appliances on your hair, use of harsh chemicals, dyes and hair colors. You should also wait for the gel or spray to dry first before combing your hair.