It's always a dyahe sight: strands of hair on your clothes, on the pillow, in the shower drain, your hair brush.
Everyone loses an average of 50-100 hair strands each day, but when you're shedding more hair than usual, there might be other reasons.
Whether it is caused by vitamin deficiency, stress or hormonal imbalance, read on to find out how to prevent and what you can do to address hair fall.
CAUSES OF HAIR FALL AND HAIR LOSS
Your strands tend to weaken when you have a nutrient deficiency, so watch out when you're taking a low-carb diet.
It can also be because you're not eating enough protein or you have an iron deficiency/anemia. On the other hand, too much Vitamin A can also lead to thinning hair.
The American Academy of Dermatology differentiates hair shedding from hair loss. The medical term for the body shedding significantly more hair is telogen effluvium.
Meanwhile, hair loss happens when something prevents the hair from growing. This condition is called anagen effluvium.
Some causes of hair loss include prescription drugs, medical treatments, immune system on overdrive, and the compulsion to pull out one's hair.
Physical changes and trauma can also cause temporary hair loss, so if you recently lost a lot of weight or you underwent surgery, had an illness or an accident, this may be why your hair is falling out.
Hormonal changes are also among the culprits. So if you've just given birth or stopped taking birth control, experiencing hair fall is normal.
Your genes may also make you predisposed to hair loss.
Lastly, use of harsh chemicals, high-heat tools, and sporting tight hairstyles can also cause hair loss.
HOW TO PREVENT AND REMEDY HAIR LOSS
Prevention is always key, so make sure to follow these steps in order to avoid and hair fall. You can also turn to these when the amount of hair you shed is starting to alarm you.
Up your intake of Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Biotin, and Omega 3. These vitamins and minerals help in strengthening hair and aid in hair growth.
Eating healthy doesn't just help your body, it helps your hair too. Fill your diet with nuts, beans, leafy green vegetables, fish, and lean meats to keep your hair in great condition.
Manage your stress.
Stress shocks your hair and causes them to fall out, so it's important to find activities to help you decompress.
Stay away from hairstyles that tug on your scalp, and go easy on treatments using harsh chemicals on your scalp and hair. Lessen use of high-heat tools or skip them altogether and let your hair air dry.
Address your dandruff. Flake build up and an itchy scalp can cause inflammation which then leads to shedding. Choose a shampoo that fights dandruff and nourishes your hair.
Consider using minoxidil, a topical medication for hair loss.
"It helps lengthen the active growing stage of hairs and promotes healthy delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle," Dr. Joshua Zeichner tells Health.
While waiting for your hair to regrow, use a volumizing shampoo and get a haircut that gives the appearance of fullness.
Consult your dermatologist to help you determine the cause of your hair loss and address them accordingly.