Many women —take great pride in their hair. It makes sense, as your crowning glory is just as front and centre, just as visible to the rest of the world, as your face.
Losing some hair every day is completely natural. It’s a sign your body’s growing new, healthy ones to replace the old. In fact, losing up to 100 hairs per day is normal. You can also kind of get an idea of what’s normal for you by just paying attention to what you typically see in your brush or shower drain.
If you’ve noticed your hair is falling out more than usual, looks thinner, or seems to be growing more slowly, here are some reasons Medici Capelli Brisbane & Gold Coast have put together for you to give you an idea of what may be causing your hair loss.
During pregnancy, most women notice their hair going into rapid growth mode. That’s when everything is in a grow, grow, grow phase because there are surges of hormones [estrogen] that make hair grow. Because the hair growth stage lasts longer, natural shedding doesn’t occur.
Once estrogen levels go back to normal after delivery, hair resumes its normal growth cycles and starts to shed all that thick, luscious hair that accumulated over the last ten months. Some women experience very mild shedding, but others experience intense shedding for a few months.
- Changes in birth control
Going off the Pill or changing to a different type of hormonal contraception can also cause hormone-induced shedding. Even if you’re just starting the pill, quitting, or changing pill brands, your body may react by causing the hair to go into a rapid shedding mode.
- Protein deficiency
Eating protein is essential for our bodies to make new hair cells. If you’re not eating enough, your body won’t have enough new hairs to replace the old ones when they shed.
- Certain medications
Medications can cause chronic shedding. The most notorious for doing so are blood pressure medications, but some antidepressants and HIV medications may do it as well. Make sure that you talk with your prescribing doctor ALWAYS especially if you notice you’re losing hair a few months after taking new meds.
- Dandruff or scalp psoriasis
When the skin on the scalp is inflamed and itchy, and you frequently scratch the hell out of it, your hair may start to shed more than usual. Consistency is the trick, so it’s important to find a shampoo and conditioner you like, she says. Seeing a dermatologist to treat your psoriasis and restore your scalp’s health will get your hair growing back at a normal rate.
- Going through intense emotional or physical stress
When you experience something traumatic or stressful—not your average day-to-day stress, but something life-altering like a death in the family, divorce, a significant job change — you may experience a temporary halt in hair growth because your body will put its resources toward getting you through the events causing you stress. The same thing can happen with physical stress and trauma, like having a big operation, being hospitalised, or even losing a significant amount of weight very quickly.
- Autoimmune diseases
An autoimmune condition makes the body recognise its hair follicles as foreign, and it actually attacks the follicles and makes the hair fall out. This could be alopecia areata—an autoimmune hair loss condition— or something like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, and certain types of anaemia.