What’s The Deal With “Hair Loss”?
Was it the shocking amount of hair gathered by the shower drain?
Maybe it was after running your fingers through your hair, suddenly realizing that there is a lot less hair.
The possibility of hair loss worried you, and you frantically searched the internet for answers, which is probably how you found yourself here, reading this article.
Grieving the loss of your hair can often be an emotional experience for both men and women. Hair loss can be difficult to come to terms with, after all, it is the crowning glory for many, a feature that one prides and loves about oneself, or even a type of safety net. Hair can be a confidence booster, a fashion statement, and a means to express yourself. So yes, we understand how coming to realize you’re losing hair can be worrisome.
It is human nature to jump to the worst possible scenario. In this case, you might be thinking that you are losing all your hair from finding hair strands all over the place, but the truth is that you might just be losing a natural and healthy amount of hair.There is no cause for concern, not yet at least.
A certain amount of hair loss is natural.
Something you may not know when it comes to the hair on your head, is that hair has a life cycle.Each individual strand is at a different stage of their 5 phase lifespan. Hair grows during the first phase and dies during the fifth phase.It is at the end of the final phase that hair will fall due to detaching itself from the scalp’s hair follicle, giving way to new and healthier hair to grow in its place. But this is not the case for everyone. Those with abnormal hair loss are facing an accelerated fifth 5 phase, and unable to have new hair to grow back in its place due to their hair follicles being blocked.
The average adult will lose between 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. This is considered to be natural hair loss for both men and women. The average person has more than 100,000 strands of hair, so losing 50 to 100 strands a day with new ones growing every day is nothing to be concerned about.
The quickest and simplest way to see if your hair loss is normal or abnormal would be with an at-home D-I-Y hair loss test. Known as the “Pull Test”, it is a popular at-home method to determine if the hair loss that you face is normal or excessive. Best done on freshly washed and dry hair, run your fingers through a small section of no more than what would seem like 60 strands of hair. Do this gently, while also tugging lightly at the strands towards the end. If you find around 5 to 8 strands have come loose in the palm of your hand you can breathe a sigh of relief, as that will indicate your hair loss is natural. However, if it is around 15 to 20 strands of hair, it’s safe to conclude it as unnatural hair loss.
So, What About Unnatural Hair Loss?
Unnatural hair loss is caused by a few different factors, some playing larger roles than others. The easiest indication of severe hair loss would be obvious thinning of hair and balding areas, especially at an age when you should be having a head full of thick and luscious hair.
Genetics is one of the obvious contributors to hair loss in both men and women. Hormones, such as the Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are the primary cause of hair loss among men. Naturally synthesized from testosterone, DHT blocks the blood vessels to the hair follicles, thus preventing the nutrient supply needed for hair growth.Some women also experience hair loss due to DHT hormones. However, on a much smaller scale than when compared to men.
Women will also experience hair loss during different stages of their life, differing from woman to woman. For instance, when a woman is pregnant, she may encounter an abnormal amount of hair loss. Another possible scenario is when a woman begins menopause, she may start to see a more obvious amount of hair loss at that stage in life.
Genetics and hormones aside, other factors that contribute to an unnatural loss of hair are diet and stress.What we put our body through can put a toll on it, resulting in hair loss. This is why it is important to look after yourself.
Scalp and hair damage play a major role as well in hair loss, such as bleaching, heat styling, and product build-up that block the hair follicles.These damages, if not too late, can be treated.
There are several treatments and supplements out there offering those with severe hair loss a means to grow back hair in those thinning and balding spaces. Always make sure hair loss treatments that you are considering are natural, and won’t cause further harm.
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Here’s What You Can Do To Experience Hair Growth Instead Of Loss.
As mentioned before, your diet and stress levels could very well be affecting your hair. So, it is suggested that a clean and wholesome diet will help reduce the negative effects of stress on the body.Eat foods that will promote hair growth, and also those that give your body a healthy boost of energy. Niacin, vitamin A, B3, zinc, iron and protein are great for the hair. By eating healthier towards your body’s needs and positively releasing stress, you will experience less hair fall.
As for solutions that can be applied directly to your scalp for hair loss, shampoos with scalp activation ingredients will make the biggest difference in promoting hair growth. Hair products with ingredients such as Rosemary Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Biotin, Peppermint Oil, Onion Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar,will stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, thus encouraging hair growth.
Rosemary oil is known as one of the most effective ingredients for hair growth, specifically due to its properties in assisting with nerve growth, improving scalp blood circulation and anti-inflammatory potential.
Tea tree oil on the other hand, is known for cleansing the scalp of chemicals and dyes.It stops the build-up of dead skin and chemicals, thus making sure that the hair follicles are unobstructed, and that hair can grow.
The Righteous Roots Rx Hair Oil is rich with Rosemary Oil, Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil. These oils combined with other nourishing oils such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) and Grapeseed Oil make it a potent hair serum and unsurprisingly...award-winning. For best results, must be used together with scalp massages.
Righteous Roots Rx
Biotin is a popular ingredient in many hair supplements. A shampoo with Biotin is just as effective in motivating hair growth and improves the overall strength and appearance of hair. However, more research is needed on this.
Peppermint oil is an activation ingredient in products that promote hair growth. It is known for being a cooling agent for inflamed scalps.It helps hair growth by unclogging the dead and flaky skin on scalps, leaving it clean and healthy after every wash.
This is why the MIES Haircare Cocomint Hair Mask is also known as a treatment for the scalp. If you have given this a try, the peppermint smell and feeling is familiar, aiding troubled scalps.
MIES Haircare Cocomint Hair Mask & Scalp Treatment
Onions contain anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Never thought this staple curry ingredient could be used for scalp care? Think again. Onion Juice was tested in a study with men & women who suffered from alopecia, a form of hair loss. Surprisingly, it helped with hair regrowth at the bald spots after 4-6 weeks… and more so among the male test subjects! It is believed that the flavonoids and dietary sulphur in onions is what helps reduce the destruction of hair follicles on the scalp and provide nourishment hair needs to grow.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a popular hair loss remedy as seen on most social media platforms. It is an exfoliant that helps rebalance the pH level of the scalp, thus promoting hair growth. There are several products online focusing on hair growth with ACV as its key ingredient. One we are lucky to have is the Fix My Curls Cleansing Shampoo which has ACV, Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Oil as its main ingredients.
Fix My Curls Cleansing Shampoo
However, you also have the option to make your own ACV mixture for hair loss at home. All you need to do is mix a few tablespoons of water with ACV.Then apply that evenly throughout your scalp and hair after shampoo and conditioner.Make sure to work it into the scalp by massaging it in. Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes,then rinse it all out. You’ll realize that in addition to hair growth, your hair will also feel softer and shinier than before.
As you can see, the best ingredients that help promote hair growth focus on scalp issues and stimulating blood flow. On that note, when you wash and cleanse your hair, make sure to massage the shampoo gently into the scalp. By doing this you are stimulating blood flow, and it also doubles as a stress and tension reliever. This also applies to pre-poo hair oils. Never use your nails to massage your scalp…that can lead to more damage! Use the pad of your fingers or a Scalp Massager
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You will need time and patience before you see results after implementing these ingredients into your hair care routine. Some may need to consult a professional if after a period of using hair products with the ingredients discussed earlier, yield no results. Keep in mind that genetics will play a large role, as well as the stage of life you're in. The ingredients you use on your hair and lifestyle habits will also affect the hair loss.
However, good hair products can help to minimize excessive hair loss, if not prevent it and help you grow out stronger hair. So, don’t give up just yet. Instead, try one or three products with a range of different ingredients to find the one that works best for your scalp and hair. In a few months, you could be rocking long, lushes, and thick locks.
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