Hair loss: why it happens and how to prevent it
Hair loss is one of those concerns hiding in the back of every woman’s head. Usually, it’s tucked away in a drawer, only making itself known when you’re finding more hair than usual when you’re snaking the drain, vacuuming the rug or endlessly picking it off your favourite sweater.
But when you’re actually experiencing hair loss? These concerns are brought to the forefront. Every time you look in the mirror, you might see the start of a bald patch appearing. Every time you run your fingers through your hair, you look down in distress at all the strands hanging loose off your hand. Every time you go to the office, for coffee or a dinner with friends, you consider adding hats back into your wardrobe rotation for full coverage.
Hair loss is something we never want to happen to us, but it is all too common in this day and age.
What is the most common cause of hair loss?
The most common cause of hair loss is the one you’re probably all too familiar with: stress. Whether it’s that annoying co-worker who’s giving you a hard time, or your youngest who just refuses to go to bed, stress is a slippery slope to losing your hair.
Stress pushes your hair follicles into a resting phase so that they don’t produce new strands. After a while, it’ll fall out with even the gentlest of combs or the most infrequent of washes. So the first step to keeping your hair on your head, and to generally improving your quality of life, is to do what you can to remove the stressors from your life.
Whether this is asking for help with the kids, delegating tasks in the office or taking yourself off to a regular R&R session at your local spa, reducing stress will keep your locks in place.
While stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss, it can also stem from the nutrients you’re putting into your body (and even more so, the ones you aren’t).
2. Nutrient Deficiencies
Nutrient deficiencies can cause a lot of issues, and hair loss is among them. Zinc and iron deficiencies are most commonly linked to hair loss, but there is some evidence to indicate that a lack of vitamins A, C, D and B-12 may also contribute to the issue.
If you know you suffer from a zinc, iron or vitamin deficiency and are starting to lose your hair, talk with your healthcare professional to see what they suggest. Whether this is vitamin supplements or a change in your diet, it’ll help keep your hair in place.
The other common cause of hair loss is medication. Most, if not all, medications list hair loss in their pages and pages of known side-effects, but some medications are renowned for actually resulting in hair loss. These include thyroid meds, beta-blockers, anticonvulsants, antidepressants and anticoagulants, to name a few.
Usually, these medications only cause temporary hair loss that will disappear when you adjust to or stop taking them. Sometimes, these effects are a bit longer-lasting. If you start to see these side effects take place, consult with your healthcare professional to see what alternatives may be available.
So, how do I prevent hair loss?
There are, however, some ways you can reduce the effects of hair loss without going to meditate on top of a hill 24/7, eating only natural foods and using nothing but natural remedies. While reducing stress, keeping your body nourished and avoiding some medications will help your hair stay where it should, there’s one other way we haven’t discussed just yet.
Heading to the salon and having a chat with your hairdresser.
We know hair. We work with it all day, every day. We know how to wash it, cut it and give it the nourishment it needs to repair.
We also have a few handy tricks up our sleeves to reduce the effects of hair loss. Here at Cerisse, we use an Alterna densifying shampoo which stimulates the scalp and helps promote new growth.
So, if you’re starting to find hair all over the house, bald patches when you look in the mirror and are seriously considering a trip to the hat store, pop in and have a chat with our wonderful hairstylists about what we can do for you and your hair.