You are leading a relatively good life. You have a decent job, a comfy home, good friends, and maybe even a supportive life partner. All the different aspects of life seem to be working really well but you know who didn’t get the memo? Your hair.
Hair loss is so common in women that more than 50% of women go through it at least once in their lifetime. Lately, it’s starting to feel like we have fewer bad hair days and more bad hair years.
Losing 50-100 strands of hair a day is normal. But when it exceeds that number daily, you need damage control. By damage control, we don’t mean going to that expensive hair salon that follows the same procedure and treatment for all hair types, despite the different reasons for hair fall. Instead, when it comes to controlling hair loss and finding a solution, the first thing to do is figure out why you have been losing more hair than usual.
Here are the top 10 reasons why women face hair loss:
- Intense stress: Daily stress due to work, home, and life in general changes the way your hair grows. Childbirth, life-altering events, trauma, etc. plays an important role in your overall health. As a response to the event, your body focuses on recovering from the said problem and hence it temporarily stops your hair from growing. However, the amount of hair fall does not decrease so you experience hair fall but no hair growth, resulting in an overall loss.
- Genetics: Hair loss due to hereditary reasons requires medications prescribed by a doctor. This kind of hair loss often goes unrecognised for a long time. Changing your diet or using mild products could help a bit, although reversing it is impossible.
- Nutritional deficiency: When we say your body needs good nutrients to stay healthy, this includes the hair. Our body prioritises the health of the important organs and their working due to which it divides the nutrients we get in such a way that the important organs get the necessary amount and only what’s left is distributed to the rest. Since the hair is not very high up on the priority list, the nutrients it receives are often not in abundance, especially if you don’t eat healthily.
- Rough handling: Hair is fragile. Tying the hair too tightly, tugging on it, rough handling when it’s wet, aggressive combing and detangling, etc. are some of the practices that affect our hair in the long run. Hairstyles like a tight ponytail can even lead to problems like traction alopecia. It damages the hair follicle beyond repair.
- Hormonal imbalance: There are many reasons for hormonal imbalances. During pregnancy, our estrogen levels go up which increases hair growth. However, immediately after, there is a drop in the estrogen level, causing increased hair fall. Similarly, menopause also causes changes in hair growth patterns. Apart from these, birth control pills often alter our hormone production, which affects hair growth.
- Heat styling: The unrealistic beauty standards expected from women and the love for perfect model-like hair leads us to the use of heat styling products. High heat damages the hair and causes permanent damage to the hair follicles when used regularly.
- Using the wrong products: Most of the hair products available are filled with harsh chemicals that cause more damage than do good. Apart from the use of products like these, using a single product the wrong way also leads to hair damage. For example, leaving a conditioner on the hair for longer than recommended makes the hair brittle, frizzy, and causes it to break faster.
- Medical conditions: Intense hair fall leading to partial baldness, patches, and more can be because of medical conditions like alopecia, chronic dandruff, scalp psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases in which the immune system identifies our hair follicles as foreign and attacks them. These kinds of problems require immediate medical attention.
- Medications: If you are taking medications or treatments for other medical conditions, then as a side effect of that medicine, your hair may fall out.
- Intense salon treatments: Going for the weekend hair treatment appointment in that fancy salon is addictive. While it may make you feel good, it is most probably also causing irreversible damage to your hair. Frequent salon treatments like bleaching, colouring, perming, straightening, etc use chemicals that damage the hair so much that it becomes prone to breakage and hair fall.
With these facts being responsible for your hair loss, it is hard to figure out where you should start. Worry not, here are all the things you can do to make a difference.
What Helps Reducing the Hair Loss:
The first and foremost thing to do is recognise why you have been facing hair loss. Once you can pinpoint the reason, the recovery or treatment is easy as you only have to search for remedies that target the one specific problem.
To identify the issue, you should analyse your own hair, rule out what could not be the reason, and try changing small parts of your routine to see if any of it makes a difference. In general, here’s everything you should do:
- Finding help: Most of us deal with stress daily due to many reasons. While identifying why you have been facing mental health issues is important, it is even more important to treat them. Going for therapy, practicing yoga, and getting the appropriate help from professionals help you deal with stress well. This not only helps hair growth but your overall physical, emotional and mental health.
- Eating well: Make sure you get the right nutrients for your hair. This can be in the form of a well-balanced diet or even in the form of supplements.
- Treating the hair gently: Make small changes to the way you treat your hair. Stop combing wet hair as it’s most fragile then. Detangle gently. Use soft t-shirts or microfibre towels to dry the hair. Don’t tie your hair too tight.
- Consult a doctor: Intense hair fall is no joke. Consult a dermatologist to know if you have any medical conditions and get professional treatment.
- Use safe products: Most over-the-counter products we use are filled with harsh chemicals. Instead, look for products that have natural ingredients that specifically help hair loss like apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, onion, etc. The Tru Hair Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo is a gentle cleanser that cleans the hair without damaging it while also improving hair growth. ACV helps keep bacteria away from the scalp, balance the pH, and promote new hair growth. Start focusing on the ingredients list when buying hair products to know what goes on the hair.
- Control the heat: Even if you have made it a habit to use heat styling products, avoid it as much as you can. Switch to one that allows you to control the temperature to still use the appliance but with controlled heat. Always make use of heat protectant serums and sprays to protect the hair.
Being mindful of how you handle the hair and what you use on it helps a lot in reducing the daily damage caused to it. The treatment for hair loss is often right under your nose. Simple ditch all the chemical-filled hair products and bring in natural ingredients or products and you’ll immediately start finding the difference.
Brands like Tru Hair make use of natural and Ayurvedic ingredients that aim to provide the hair rich nutrients and none of the chemicals, sulfates, and parabens. Bringing back traditional hair care solutions like Ayurvedic oils, Tru Hair helps the hair repair damage caused by external factors while protecting the hair from further damage. When it comes to hair loss, small but high-impact decisions to ditch the damaging products or practices can be highly beneficial for the hair.
Dr. Tambe (Ayurvedic Practioner)
Dr. Tambe is an Ayurvedic Consultant, practicing in Satara City, Maharashtra for the last 45 years.He comes from a long line of Ayurvedic doctors. His grandfather and father were both Vaidyas, therefore he wanted to continue the family legacy.This year, his family will celebrate 100 years of Ayurvedic service.