Have you ever wondered what causes hair loss?

Hair loss or alopecia affects more people than those who would like to admit it publicly.

It can be a source of great embarrassment and can greatly affect self-esteem and self-confidence. Before you attempt to find if there are any serious issues behind your hair loss, you’ll need to be truthful about this point. Is your hair loss simply due to poor hair care habits?

If it’s simply a matter of not knowing how to go about deep-conditioning your hair, that’s something you can fix easily. Other more serious issues may point to health related problems such as hormonal imbalance. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, first things first.

  1. Bad Hair Care Habits

Improper hair care is one of the leading hair loss causes in young people (and those who never learned how to care for their hair properly!)

Hair is made up of dead keratinized cells. The hair closer to the scalp is stronger than on the tips which are the most brittle.  Hence, they require gentle manipulation.

Because hair is not a living tissue it is subject to shedding. This is normal for all human beings, the only difference is the rate at which this happens. If it’s not genetics, diet related or health related you should experience a healthy rate of hair shedding.

Improper hair care that damages hair includes: – excessive use of heat on the hair – overuse of styling gels, creams, and other products – and use of bleaches which dry out hair

Women should not have their hair in tight ponytails or sleek pulled back looks all the time. It’s important to let the hair relax and this eases tension in the roots.

  1. Genetics

British Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is the unfortunate poster boy for hair loss caused by genetics. By the age of 30, Prince William had already lost a lot of his hair due to the baldness gene that he carries.

There is nothing really that you can do to avoid hair loss if you carry the baldness gene. You can attempt to improve your diet, which may help slow down the loss, but it will happen inevitably.

  1. Stress

Stress is another one of the most common hair loss causes. Whether it’s stress caused by work issues, or family problems, or financial problems, you’ll need to find a way to handle it.

Stress can take a toll on your body – and hair. Go for a run, meditate, talk to someone. There are ways to help reduce your stress levels.

  1. Diet

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘You are what you eat’.  While we’re not specifically addressing obesity here, the sentiment can also be applied to hair.

If you want healthy, glowing hair, you have to consider what you are eating. A diet rich in iron, protein, and calcium will help give your hair that healthy luster you desire.

Leafy green vegetables, berries, raw oats, lean protein, eggs and whole grains are excellent sources of the kind of nutrients you need to grow healthy hair and slow down hair thinning and hair loss.

  1. Health Issues

If these hair loss causes above don’t apply to your situation, it may be time to take a look in another direction – your health.

For men, prostate related problems have hair loss as one of the key symptoms. Coronary problems also lead to loss of hair in both men and women. Other health issues that can cause hair loss include: – poor liver function – hormonal imbalance in both men and women – heart disease

Conclusion

Now that you know the causes of hair loss, you’re in a better position to find solutions. Fortunately, hair loss is not the end of the world. Thanks to modern technology, hair treatments abound which can help you grow out your hair again.

Interestingly, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the Asian market saw 400,000 people undergo some form of hair restoration treatment procedure in 2012. That’s almost 50% of all the people who had some form of hair treatment process done in the same year!

Therefore, cheer up! There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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