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Why am I Losing My HAIR?!?


by Jeffery Kufalk November 12, 2017

On average, most people lose 50 to 100 hairs per day which isn't generally an issue as new hair is constantly growing to replace it.  Where hair loss truly becomes a concern is when the loss begins to exceed the natural natural replacement or when the hair follicle is damaged or scarred.  

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When hair is lost you should also take time to examine the hair itself to see if it has been broken or has been shed at the root.  Understanding this will help guide you through restoring or prolonging your hair.

Hair loss has a wide range of causes.  Here are some of the most common:

  • Hereditary, Genetic (inherited from family):  Male and female pattern baldness can begin as early as puberty, trademarked with receding hairline and bald-spots in men and thinning hair in women.  In general, topical creams or oral medications are the best path forward.

  • Hormonal Changes:  Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause hair loss.  This can occur especially during times of pregnancy, menopause or caused by certain drugs such as hormonal contraception.
  • Stress or Shock:  Both physical and mental/emotional stresses have been linked to hair loss, occurring weeks to months after a traumatic or stressful period. Thankfully it is most often times temporary.

  • Lack of Protein or Iron:  Diets lacking in protein or iron may dramatically slow hair growth and lead to thinning and weakening of hair.  This loss is reversible through improved diet or supplements.

  • Harsh Products or Treatments:  Harsh shampoo, styling products, chemical relaxers, permanents, hair dyes or bleach can irritate the scalp causing inflammation of hair follicles leading to hair loss.  This hair loss can be permanent if the scalp is damaged or scarred.  

  • Medications: Hair loss has been linked to multiple types of drugs used for cancer, depression, birth control, heart disease, blood pressure and more.  This loss is generally temporary, while taking the medication.

  • Hairstyles:  Certain hairstyles such as tight braids, pigtails or cornrows can cause "traction alopecia" which can be permanent depending on the damage to the scalp.

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    Hair Loss Prevention:

    • Avoid Harsh Treatments: Using natural products that avoid scalp irritation or chemical burning can prevent hair loss due through scalp irritation.
    • Avoid Tight Hairstyles:  Braids and buns should be worn loosely to prevent excessive pulling of hair.
    • Eat a Balanced Diet:  A diet high in protein and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish, nuts etc) can help with hair strength and growth.
    • Gentle Styling:  Using a boar-bristle hair brush can prevent damage caused by plastic bristles, and will distribute hair oils naturally.

     




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