The majority of our clients at Tymeless Necessity Hair are concerned with hair loss. If you’re one of them, this article is for you!
After the arrival of daughter Harper, celebrity superstar Victoria Beckham’s hair was at an all-time loss. Within weeks of giving birth, her locks had fallen out in clumps. Despite trying various hair loss remedies and supplements, the queen of posh was forced to go short.
While Vic’s hair has fortunately grown back healthy and strong, many women worldwide are forced to suffer the effects of hair loss.
Although some hair loss cases are normal (healthy heads lose around 100 hairs a day), there are various reasons why hair falls out. Let’s take a look…
Tymeless Necessity Hair | Hacks To Stop Hair Loss
Tymeless Necessity Hair counts down 20 of the most common causes of hair loss and provides expert advice on how to reverse the damage.
- Almost one in 10 women aged 20 through 49 suffers from anaemia due to a lack of iron, which can cause hair loss. Ask your doctor for a full blood screen to rule out any deficiencies, and if needed, start taking a simple iron supplement. Your hair should grow back once your iron levels are normal again.
- Physical trauma (such as surgery, a car accident, or a severe illness) can cause temporary hair loss, triggering a condition called telogen effluvium, otherwise known as TE. TE affects the hair growth cycle and can cause thinning on the scalp. The effects of the condition are reversible. Hair will start growing back as your body recovers.
- Diet is crucial for hair growth. Eat your green leafy vegetables and chicken and red meats for iron intake. Very active people tend to lack zinc from sweating during exercise. Food high in zinc like lamb, turkey, and pumpkin seeds is recommended. Good old Vitamin D (sun) is excellent for blood circulation – that’s why our hair grows faster in summer! Take a vitamin B complex to add shine and fullness to new hair growing out. Eat eggs and avocados for natural intake.
- Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp, so massage your scalp well when shampooing to loosen the scalp (a tight scalp is one of the causes of hair loss and poor or slow growth). Shampoo with a product containing caffeine stimulates blood circulation, so when your fine hair grows out, it grows back thicker and stronger. Opt for shampoos that are sulphate and paraben-free.
- Condition your ends only (never the roots, your own natural oils do that job) with a condition that has an SPF, antioxidants, and heat protectors. Towel-dry and use a protective serum, leave-in spray, or oil. Some leave-in products create a cold, refreshing, tingling feeling, which means it’s working by stimulating blood circulation.
- Anabolic steroids cause hormone imbalances, which can cause hair loss. Ditch the quest for bulk, and your hair will love you for it.
- Pregnancy-related hair loss is seen more commonly after your baby has been delivered rather than actually during pregnancy. If you do experience hair loss after your bundle’s arrived, rest assured that your hair will grow back in a couple of months.
- Stress can contribute to hair loss. Look at your school, home, or work life and see if this is taxing you – perhaps you are re-entering the workforce, dealing with young children, struggling at school, or planning a significant event. Take a breather and relax.
- If you’re taking medication, pay extra attention to changes in your hair’s texture, as well as hair loss or growth. Drugs that might cause hair loss include methotrexate (used to treat rheumatic conditions and some skin conditions), lithium (for bipolar disorder), and nonsteroidal anti–inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen and possibly antidepressants.
- Environmental elements like sunlight, climate, and pollution can take a toll on your hair and scalp. Try and limit exposure to chlorinated water, minerals, and metals as they can also affect your hair.
- Use high-quality hair products available from Tymeless Necessity Hair to boost new hair growth. Medications like finasteride and minoxidil can help you keep the hair you have and, in some cases, potentially regrow some of the hair you’ve lost due to baldness. One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin. We recommend NIOXIN Diaboost Xtrafusion Thickening Treatment with HTX™, which increases the thickness of each existing hair strand for a fuller-looking head of hair (in conjunction with any specific Nioxin System). Another product to try is the Davines Energizing range (which is cruelty-free).
- Have you lost a few kilos? That explains your hair loss, too, as sudden weight loss can result in thinning hair. It can take up to six months, but your body will ‘realign’, and your hair will start growing back.
- Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss. Stick to the daily value of 5,000 International Units (IU) per day for adults and kids over age 4; supplements can contain 2,500 to 10,000 IU.
- Sometimes baldness is hereditary, and no amount of TLC will be able to reverse it. If you come from a family where members started to have hair loss at a certain age, then you might be more prone to it. Speak to your doctor about surgery to transplant or graft hair.
- Sometimes hair loss is self-inflicted. Stay away from hairstyles that pull like cornrows, heavy extensions, or too-tight braids.
- Cancer treatments can have devastating effects on your hair. Chemotherapy, in particular, can cause complete hair loss. Your doctor can recommend various treatment options to help hair regrow once you’ve finished your cancer treatment course, but most often, the best treatment is time.
- All of the things women do to manipulate their hair – dyes, chemical treatments, bad brushes, blow dryers, and flat irons – can result in damage and breakage. Be kind to your locks, and they’ll be kind to you. Also, remember that brushing too much and towel drying aggressively when the hair is wet can cause your hair to fall out. When it comes to hair care, live by the motto of ‘easy does it’.
- Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. You may experience clumps of hair falling out, resulting in totally smooth, round hairless patches on the scalp. If you think you may be suffering from the condition, speak to your doctor. While Alopecia areata cannot be cured, it can be treated. This type of hair loss is typically permanent, which means that the hair will not grow back. The follicle itself shrivels up and is incapable of regrowing hair. Many men with male pattern hair loss eventually go bald. Female pattern hair loss can cause hair to thin out, but it rarely leads to baldness.
- An underactive thyroid gland affects your hormones, which can contribute to hair loss. Synthetic thyroid medication will take care of the problem.
- Telogen Effluvium is the gradual thinning on top of head. This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting people as they age. A large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, causing hair shedding and subsequent thinning.
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