So on average woman can lose up to 100 strands of hair per day, that figure alone is alarming. Whether this shocks you or brings you comfort to know you’re not alone, hair loss is a very common occurrence. Between all that brushing, styling and ponytails, we put our hair through a lot, but if you’re noticing more strands falling out, or thinning hair it may be time to take a second and look at your hair habits and overall health.
Genetics and hereditary traits
hereditary hair loss occurs in both sexes due to genetically-determined shortening of the hair’s growing phase and a longer time between the shedding of hair and the start of growth. This is the most common type of hair loss for women, it usually occurs with age. Typically, most women will notice their hair thinning over time with a reduction of hair volume.
Iron and vitamin deficiencies
A common hidden cause of hair loss is sometimes a lack of iron. Iron deficiencies commonly occur if you have anemia, a condition that occurs when there are an inadequate amount of red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. Very heavy menstrual bleeding can also cause iron deficiencies. Iron is needed to help produce hair cell proteins and without it, thinning occurs, and we experience excess hair falls as a result.
Extreme stress has been proven to cause hair loss. One of the ways stress causes hair to fall out is it raises the body’s androgen or male hormone levels. Stress can also impact problems with the scalp, which is the base or foundation for healthy growing hair. The biggest issue with stress is the way it affects all parts of our lives; emotionally and physically it’s not unusual for people to lose sleep and disrupt their eating habits while under stress which is a combination for thinning hair and hair loss.
We’ve all been there when our head starts to hurt from that tight pony we got going on. How often have you found it easier to pull off slicked-back look on a busy morning. But he truth is these short of hairstyles pull on the hairline and our fine baby hairs which can cause thinning and hair loss over time. Excessive use of heat styling tools also causes thinning and hair loss. Ever use a straightening iron and notice all the excess hair that’s fallen out around you? Heat is extremely hard on the hair and causes the bonds and protective layer around the strands to break.
Too much chemicals
Just like heat, chemical processing can give our looks a refreshing change, but do nothing for the health and growth of our hair. The chemicals used to straighten, bleach or lightening hair not only damages the hair shaft, weakening the hair and causing hair to easily fall out, chemicals can also burn and damage the scalp. Bleaching and other chemical processes also strip the hair of natural oils and can create thin, brittle or frizz.