Both men and women can suffer hair loss although women are less likely to go totally bald compared to men. However, simple thinning of the hair can still be cause for alarm among women. If you are one of those women who are predisposed to balding, you should start your hair loss prevention regimen as early as possible. Never take your hair for granted.
What causes excessive hair loss?
Hormonal problems may cause hair loss.
If your thyroid gland is overactive or under active, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgen and estrogen, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.
Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they’ve had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.
Hair Loss Prevention Tips
1. The style that you wear your hair can also be a hair loss prevention opportunity. When ever possible, avoid pulling hair into styles that require it to be pulled tight and bound with elastic for long periods of time. While hair accessories have become much more hair friendly during recent years, hairstyle such as tight ponytail, pig tails and cornrows can still do damage to the hair shaft and ultimately to the hair follicle.
2. A way to pamper yourself doubles as a hair loss prevention idea. Using satin or silk pillowcases, is thought to prevent hair loss due to the fact that a silk or satin pillowcase will cause less friction while sleeping than a cotton or flannel pillowcase. This is because the head and the hair slide across the pillow instead of needing to be forcefully pushed across.
3. There is a whole group of old wives’s tales that relate to hair loss prevention. These tips definatly won’t hurt to try, but really don’t do anything to combat the issue of hair loss. For instance, it has been said that standing upside down will increase blood flow to the head and that massaging the scalp or briskly brushing the hair will make the hair stay put and not fall out. This is simply not the case.
4. It is important to remember that even in a healthy person, it is completely normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs from the head every day. If you feel that your hair loss issues are beyond that norm, speak with your doctor or dermatologist about your concerns. They will be able to determine if the hair loss is due to a medical or age issue, and point you in the right treatment direction.
5. Eat a natural diet that emphasizes quality animal products, fresh and lacto-fermented vegetables, and some fruits. Go easy on grains, sweets, starches, and processed foods. Overproduction of insulin due to a long-term high-carbohydrate diet not only negatively effects hair growth, but also depresses the thyroid function, damages the pancreas, and leads to a host of diseases. Healthy hair is a direct result of a healthy, natural diet that contains all necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, and fatty acids.
6. Do not shampoo your hair every day. Frequent shampooing washes out natural hair oils and can trigger hair loss. Use only natural shampoos, conditioners, and other hair-care products.