By Trisha Malhotra
Almost everybody, usually after a breakup, has experienced those dreadful showers where a large clump of hair is visibly lost in the process. Without knowing all of the underlying causes, the justifications behind hair loss tend to be quite creative. They include-
- Eating too much spicy food.
- Sleeping with your hair untied.
- Not doing enough champi.
- Using shampoos with sulfates.
If you believe any of these causes are the sole reason for your hair loss, you’re sorely mistaken. The underlying conditions for your hair loss can be exacerbated by some of these ways, but on their own, they cannot cause it. So what is really causing hair loss?
Real reasons your hair is falling
Nobody likes accepting that they have been dealt a genetically bad card. But for a lot of us, hair loss is, quite literally, an inherited defect. Hereditary hair loss is the most common type diagnosed worldwide in men and women. The medical term for it is androgenic alopecia. The sad fact is that you might have inherited the genes that result in your hair follicles shrinking and eventually stopping hair growth completely. For some, this is seen as early as your teens, but it can also start later in life. In women, this kind of hair loss is seen through a widening part or hair thinning. For men, it is a more obvious bald spot and or receding hairline.
What to do? Before you drown in self-pity, this condition can be managed with the right treatment. Visit a trichologist if you suspect you struggle with androgenic alopecia. Treatment can slow and even stop hair loss completely. The earlier you start, the better it works. Or you could just accept your genetics for what they are and rock a bald head.
Ah, the perils of aging. From your libido to the collagen in your skin, everything thins, or slows, or weakens. Hair growth slows down too. After a certain point, your hair follicles just stop growing, resulting in the hair on your scalp thinning out. Around this time, hair starts to lose its color too.
What to do? As much as beauticians and plastic surgeons promise ageless beauty, you can’t stop time. Those who are desperate enough can catch age-related hair loss early and can promote regrowth with the right hair loss supplements. But the best medicine for this kind of hair loss is acceptance.
If you thought you had bad genes, listen to this. Some people’s immune system literally attacks the body’s hair follicles resulting in hair falling out. It's like getting a laser hair treatment, but for free, and on your head, eyelashes, nose, and ears too. This condition is called Alopecia areata.
What to do? Trichologists can treat alopecia areata. Treatment involves using a combination of drugs, supplements, and ointments.
Childbirth, or other stressors
Women are often told they glow during pregnancy. Well, at least the women on TV are. Not every woman has a perfect pregnancy. The reality is that pregnancy takes a huge toll on the body. It can have the same impact on the body as a death of a loved one, or a divorce. It’s normal to notice your skin sagging, your hairline receding, and your metabolism slowing down during or after giving birth. As with any major stressor, hair loss will likely happen. Pregnancy doesn’t seem so ‘radiant’ now, does it?
What to do? As long as the stressor stops, your body will adapt, and excessive hair loss will stop. Most people will see their recovery to its usual fullness within 6 to 9 months. You can try pregnancy-safe hair loss supplements while the stressor is still present.
Hair Care practices
Perming, bleaching and coloring, and relaxing your hair repeatedly result in hair weakening over the years. This can cause premature hair loss.
What to do? Care for your hair better. Depending on the damage already done, you might see a full recovery. Taking hair loss supplements can help.
You might be prescribed a drug whose side effect is hair loss.
What to do? If you suspect this to be the case, talk to your doctor. Do not stop the medication without talking to your doctor first. Your hair can recover relatively easily from this.
This is a skin condition that causes itchy, red, or scaly patches, most commonly on the elbows, trunk, knees, and scalp. If you develop psoriasis on your scalp, hair loss is often the result.
What to do? A dermat will offer the best line of treating scalp psoriasis. Once psoriasis goes away, hair fall will stop. How long it takes to subside can vary based on the severity of the condition.
Other very valid reasons for hair loss are thyroid disease, chemotherapy, not having enough proteins, iron, biotin, and/or zinc in your diet, and — the real kicker—being slowly poisoned. Suspect your ex has some unresolved baggage? At least you know now. If all this is stressing you out, remember: In most cases, hair loss is genetic, age-related, or hormonal. You can slow it down, but the most freeing thing to do would be to just accept life. We also have a pretty nifty hair loss supplement, if you’re interested. But you can definitely stop forcing yourself to do champi every day. It might be a stressbuster, but it won’t change your genes.