It's true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness (more on that later). But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary—a vitamin deficiency—to the more complex, like an underlying health condition. Every girl dreams of long, thick and Insta-worthy hair. While it’s natural for about 50 to 100 strands of hair to fall daily, it isn’t healthy when you see excessive shedding and hair loss in your shower drain or hairbrush.
In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause. Here are some common and not-so-common reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head.
If you’re constantly tugging, tying or over-styling your hair, it’s bound to lead to tension in the root (of your scalp). And the more you wear your hair in high top knots and tight ponytails, the more sensitive your scalp becomes, leading to hair fall, especially with fine hair.
2. Stress levels
Mental, physical or emotional stress isn’t good for your overall health. Not only does stress play up on your skin but it takes a toll on your hair as well. Stress fluctuates your hormone levels, upsetting the balance in your body leading to thinning of hair on the scalp.
3. Your diet
It’s true what they say, what you put into your tummy can have a life-changing effect to the rest of your body. Always munching on junk or fast food, sugary and dairy products can have an adverse effect on the health of your hair. Similarly, extreme diets can affect your hair too.
4. Change in medication
Certain contraceptive methods like the pill can have certain side effects. The most common one being hair loss. So if you’re pregnant, or on heavy medication prescribed by your doctor, don’t worry too much about this one.
Hereditary hair loss or pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. It’s usually due to natural conditions caused by genetics, age and fluctuating hormones.
1. Use growth serums + oils
If you’re looking for a fast and effective way to repair balding and thinning of hair, then a hair serum is best suited for that. These serums include vitamins like A, B5, F, and biotin that work to enhance hair regrowth.
2. Avoid wearing your hair too tight
Put a stop to wearing such damaging styles and start wearing your hair down more often. Styling with heating tools like a blow-dryer and irons can also lead to thinning as they make your hair and follicles brittle and sensitive.
3. Indulge your scalp
A healthy scalp leads to healthy looking hair. Use a clarifying shampoo regularly to avoid oil build up and dirt at the roots. Another great way to revive and restore scalp health is to invest in monthly hair spas.
4. A healthy lifestyle
Since our hair is made up of proteins like keratin it’s essential to include them into your meals. If your diet is all carbs and no real protein, it’s going to reflect badly on your skin and hair. So make sure to include lean meat, fish, vegetables, eggs and even healthy nuts to your diet.
5. Increase intake of vitamins
Your hair needs plenty of healthy proteins to grow strong and long. And if you aren’t getting those from your meals (in case you’re a vegan) try taking supplements like Omega 3s, vitamins A, D and E, and zinc daily to get that necessary source of fuel for the hair.