Hair Loss: What to Know and What to Do
Have you ever found yourself to be concerned about the amount of hair loss you notice after washing your tresses? Or seeing how many strands are left in your brush after combing? Well, there may not be too much of a need to worry. The average head has about 100,000 or more hairs and loses up to 60-100 of them a day; so finding those strays is not necessarily cause for alarm. However; if you notice more hair fall on your clothes, pillow cases, or just general running your fingers through your hair with no strain or tugging, then you may need to do something about it.
Factors that influence hair loss: Hormones, Genes, Stress, Illness, Childbirth & Pregnancy, Drugs (Chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, beta-adrenergic blockers used to control blood pressure, birth control pills), X-Rays, Autoimmune Disease, Medical Conditions (Thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), and diet (low protein, malnutrition, or severely calorie restricted diet). Further hair loss can also be self-inflicted by using harsh products such as bleaches or dyes, frequent blow drying, frequent flat ironing, tight braids, cornrows, tight rubber bands, etc.
The bottom line is to take care of you and your hair. If you are experiencing more than normal hair loss, and you don’t know the reason for it, then make an appointment to see your doctor. Ask him/her to check all your blood levels to see if there is an underlying condition or deficiency. Tell your doctor of your other symptoms and possible stressors that may have contributed to this problem. Knowing the actual cause of your hair loss hopefully will enable your doctor to recommend a treatment plan.
Protect, Prevent & Stop Hair Loss:
Don’t sweat the Small Stuff – Stress and anxiety does more damage to your body then just hair loss. If you’re finding yourself living a hectic life style, make changes where possible to have a calmer and efficient day. Keep your surroundings organized, and try picking up hobbies or exercises that relive your stress. Your hair, and body, will thank you!
Feed Your Hair – Fruits, Greens, & Proteins! Omegas, Biotin, Folic acid and iron are awesome nutrients for hair health, thickness and growth – so load up! Try also to minimize your sugar intake, as high sugar can create blockers for protein absorption which is a necessity in body and hair health.
Repair and Moisturize – ALL hair types need proper hydration and repairing products. If your hair has been tortured from high heat styling utensils and bleach, Kevin.Murphys line of Born. Again is what you need. The line contains ingredients that are so small in their molecular size and weight; they can pass into the cortex of the hair instantly. Essential oils are the force that brings the product to life. They are heat and light sensitive; once you open them to the air and light they become energized: moisturizing, repairing, and regenerating for your strands. Full of antioxidants and Amino acids, exactly what your tresses are craving!
Regular Trims – It may be hard to let go of your ends… We all know the feeling of dreading those scissors; not to mention every stylist we go to seems to want to cut! But regular trims every 6-8 weeks will dramatically reduce your breakage, and your hair will grow stronger and healthier. Once your hair is in better health, 10-12 weeks will be more suitable for a light trim!