Female hair loss is far more common than you think, and most women experience it at some point but seem to fall into one of those uncomfortable subjects that we don’t really talk about. Hair loss doesn’t have to mean the end of your luscious locks; you can make small changes to retain your hair and help return it to its former glory.
Hair loss is not a one solution fits all which is why a holistic approach to overall hair growth is needed. We have been conditioned to expect quick fixes in beauty products and hair wellness is just like all forms of wellness. It requires a long-term approach and finding out what works best for your hair. There can be many contributing factors as to why you are losing your hair and often it is a combination of a few factors.
Here are some of the factors that could be contributing to your hair loss.
We all know intense stress can wreak havoc on our overall well being. The overproduction of cortisol levels can cause the hair to enter the dormant phase of hair growth earlier than normal which causes thinning of the follicle and more hair to fall out and at the same time fewer hormones that promote hair growth are produced. Deep controlled breathing is proven to lower cortisol levels and eases stress. Finding some ways to incorporate this into your day will help with a feeling over all wellness including your hair.
Imbalanced or low levels of zinc, iron, vitamin A, B6 &12 and biotin can contribute to overall poor hair health, shedding and slow growth. The best vitamins and nutrients for hair growth include lean proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins, B-complex vitamins, and iron,
As we age the growth cycle can shorten and it can stay in the resting stage for longer. Hormones can cause an increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which results in reduced circulation and inflammation that causes the follicles to shrink and eventually disappear. Regular scalp massage and hair products that help boost blood flow and growth will help keep the hair in the growing phase longer and reduce fall out.
Imbalanced hormones in particular lowered production of estrogen and progesterone can cause the growth cycle to slow and the shedding stage to last longer which results in overall thinning that can become noticeable around the hairline, part, and sides. But the good news is that when hair loss is part of normal hormonal changes and ageing, it is treatable the sooner you start to address your hair changes the better results you will get.
Changes to hormone levels before, during and after pregnancy are completely normal but often can affect hair growth. After giving birth hormonal imbalance is normal and postpartum hair loss is a common side effect.
We don’t realise how much work our scalp does. It is home to over 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands and 1000 nerve endings. If you want healthy beautiful hair you need to keep your scalp balanced and well looked after, dandruff, psoriasis, product, and sebum build up all inhibit healthy hair growth as they can block the hair follicle and affect healthy sebum production.