A visibly sparser hairline or lacklustre locks with no volume are some of the worst fears for many women.
So, it’s understandable if you panic upon noticing a hairbrush full of hair or what feels like clumps of hair that come out during a shower.
However, fear not, many experts have confirmed that it is completely normal to lose anywhere from 50–100 strands of hair per day. Any more than that can imply that there may be an underlying health condition.
While we cannot cover every potential cause of hair loss, we have decided to address the most common ones and lend a few tips to remedy the situation.
1. Hormonal Imbalance
Many annoying health and beauty issues like cystic acne, irregular menstruation cycles, and weight gain results from hormonal imbalance. So, it comes as no surprise that it also leads to hair loss.
Biologically, all genders have testosterone and estrogen. Women have more estrogen, and in men, testosterone levels are higher. But what happens when there is a higher level of male hormones within the female body?
Some people can experience androgenic alopecia. This endocrine disorder miniaturizes hair follicles and subsequently leads to a lack of hair growth, and causes any remaining strands to fall out.
We all have endured cyclical periods of stress, and some situations can be so taxing that it takes a toll on our scalp.
Anxiety-induced hair loss is known as ‘telogen effluvium,’ which usually occurs three to four months after the stress-inciting event. During this period, you will notice excessive shedding, bald patches, and possibly some itching.
But there is some good news! This hair phase does not last longer than six months, and your crowning glory will return to its pre-effluvium density once again.
3. Iron Deficiency
We cannot stress the importance of iron enough; a lack of this nutrient can result in limited to no protein and haemoglobin production. And without the former, you can forget having healthy, bouncy, and shiny hair.
So, to prevent this deficiency from worsening, get back on track with a healthy balanced diet that consists of iron-rich foods like spinach, red meats, and beans.
4. Traction Alopecia
We all love a sleek face-lift ponytail, it’s the go-to hairdo for everyone! But wearing it regularly can lead to traction alopecia, a hair condition that causes follicles to become highly damaged and scarred that they cannot produce new hair.
If you start noticing redness or tiny papules on your scalp, opt for more looser hairstyles that don’t involve pulling your hair back.
5. Weight Loss
A significant drop in pounds can impact your tresses. Trichologists reveal that six to 12 weeks of intense weight loss commonly results in excessive hair shedding.
Now, losing weight slowly and consistently will not negatively impact the hair. However, using restrictive diets that limit micronutrients can weaken your body and propel chronic telogen effluvium.
Let’s Fix It!
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1. Amp up the protein
We touched base on this macronutrient in the weight loss section but let’s delve into more details.
Hair follicles primarily consist of a fibrous, helicoidal protein called keratin. It provides your hair with structure, shape, and strength.
Hair without keratin will appear limp, lifeless, and frazzled. Hence, consider increasing your daily intake of protein-dense foods like eggs, nuts, beans, peas, and chicken.
Note that these dietary changes will not produce Rapunzel-like hair immediately. It will take time for your body to adapt to these extra nutrients, so gradually, you will notice an improvement in your hair’s strength, feel, and thickness.
2. Use natural hair products
Incorporating high-performance products formulated with mild and nourishing ingredients is the key to breaking the hair loss cycle.
Consider the Iles Formula Signature Collection; this award-winning collection is sulfate-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free and is the rescue kit for damaged and rough straw-like hair. The products infuse your strands with the best vitamins and nut oils, resulting in a more voluminous mane. We do not claim it will regrow your hair but it defiantly will stop your hair from breaking.
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3. Turn The Heat Down
Heat is detrimental to hair; it causes split-ends and weakens hair quality.
If you must use appliances like hair straighteners, dryers, and curling irons, do so with low temperatures (less than 200 degrees). Equally, do not keep hair in contact with the styling tool for more than 10 seconds.
Make sure you apply the Iles Formula Finishing Serum before coiffing. It provides ultimate protection for your hair against UV rays, heat, humidity, and even color fade. Upon application, it instantly delivers the most expensive-looking lustrous shine. It’s a stylist’s best friend for a reason – our founder, Wendy, never styles a head of hair without it!
4. Scalp Massages
A traditional head massage will revitalize scalp health and increase blood circulation. The oils used during these massages strengthen hair roots, and anyone struggling with hair loss and breakage will benefit from the follicle stimulation it provides.
If going to your local spa takes up too much time in your busy schedule, you can consider using the Iles Formula Hair Mask at home. It is a sumptuous cocktail of raw virgin ingredients and vitamins that delivers excellent scalp care alongside nurtured and rejuvenated strands.
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On a final note, if you notice excess hair shedding for longer than three months, we strongly recommend consulting a trichologist or local GP.
We hope today’s journal put your mind slightly at ease and gave you the confidence to get your hair health back on track.