Many women experience heavy hair fall in their lives at one point or another.
The problem is that sometimes there are so many things happening to us and our bodies – that it’s hard to pinpoint what’s causing it. What to do, really?
Don’t despair! Let’s look again at the usual causes of hair fall and see if any of these apply to you.
- You gave birth a few months ago.
Actually, we’ve written about this already – in an article about post-partum (post-pregnancy) hair fall. Believe it or not, it’s normal to see the thick, lustrous hair you had during pregnancy suddenly give way to massive hair fall about 3-6 months later. It’s normal and happens to many moms. It usually has to do with drastic changes in your hormone levels after childbirth
- You’re going through a lot of stress or were recently sick with a fever.
Periods of stress are never good for anyone – and they can have damaging effects on our hair as well as our minds and bodies. If you fell sick and had a high fever, you are likely to see the effects of it on your hair several weeks later.
- You went on a serious diet.
A highly restrictive diet can deprive hair of important nutrients like protein, iron, certain vitamins, and moisture. Crash diets, especially, can have a shock effect on hair, which needs these nutrients not to fall out. If you’re vegan, you may also not be getting enough Vitamin B12, which is usually found in animal protein, and is important to hair follicle growth, just like iron, zinc and Vitamin D.
- You’re noticing hair fall out in clumps or the beginnings of a receding hairline.
If your hair is falling out in clumps, you may have to consult a dermatologist to evaluate you for alopecia areata, an autoimmune-related disorder that causes an inflammation of hair follicles, which can cause hair to fall out. It’s generally reversible and must be treated early to get the best results.
If your hairline is receding, you may actually have a hereditary tendency toward baldness. More often than not, it’s probably caused by the way your tie your hair. Tight ponytails, hair buns, and braiding can cause a condition called traction alopecia. The solution is to simply stop tying or braiding your hair as tightly.
Hair fall and hair loss: what to do next
Does any of this sound familiar to you? If you were recently pregnant, were super stressed at work and got sick, or did some serious crash dieting – your hair may be taking the blow for it.
If you’re asking yourself what’s common with all these, it’s that your hair went into shock – a process that disrupted your hair’s normal hair growth cycle, pushing hair strands that were in the growing (or anagen) phase abruptly into the resting (or telogen) phase.
After about three months, this shock causes large amounts of hair to fall from your head: a condition also known as telogen effluvium.
It’s temporary. There are at least 100,000 hairs on your head, all going through hair’s normal growth cycles – and not all at the same time.
Taking vitamin supplements for some of the nutrients we’ve mentioned, regular hair massages, rest, and hydration will usually take care of it, as well as laying off the heavy coloring and chemical treatments for a while.
The one thing you should not do is stop change your hair shampoo habits – like not washing your hair as often as you used to. It happens more often than we think!
Hair and scalp deserve the best care, just like your skin, nails, and the rest of your body. Treat yourself to a gentle routine that gives your hair the natural, pampering care of malunggay, olive oil, omega sunflower oil, and argan oil, to strengthen hair roots and moisturize the scalp.