Did you know that six out of ten (6 out of 10) Australians suffer from excessive hair loss? It’s more common in men, known as male pattern baldness but it’s also affecting women, which is usually characterised by thinning of hair.
Why would you be concerned about hair loss anyway? Well, a receding hairline and thinning hair can make you look older than your actual age. Although hair loss is often associated with the aging process, many other factors make your hair fall out even earlier than expected. Yes, you may experience hair loss even at younger age.
A hair loss problem can be due to some reversible causes like vitamin deficiency and stress or more severe causes such as an underlying disease. In this article, I will share with you why you’re having a hair loss problem and what you can do about it.
The number one cause of your excessive hair loss problem is stress.
Hair Loss Cause #1: Stress
Stress is part of our daily life, isn’t it? It’s your body’s natural response to particular situations. Thus, you can’t eliminate stress but you can manage it. By the way, don’t take it wrong when someone cracks a joke that “Your hair shows you’re stressed out.” Maybe, you should really check out your stress level.
Stress comes in different forms, be it physical, emotional, and traumatic stress. It can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term).
Some examples of sources of physical stress are a demanding work schedule and workload, lack of sleep, or dealing with long hours of traffic. Any physical activity that wreaks havoc on your body is considered physical stress. Emotional stress, on the other hand, is anything that stirs up your emotions or makes you feel anxious or depressed such as losing a loved one, a fight with your spouse, divorce, etc. Meanwhile, traumatic stress occurs when your body experiences trauma or physical changes resulting in pain and other signs and symptoms such as undergoing surgery, severe illness, car accident and even flu.
So why does stress make you lose too much hair?
Not all types of stress can make you lose hair immediately. For instance, you are stressed out today after having an argument with your husband, then resolved the conflict the following day. This short-term stress is not enough to cause hair loss. Your stressor must cause physiological changes to your body system or must cause a physiological imbalance to result in hair loss. Only chronic (long-term) or severe stress can do that.
If a particular stressor causes you to be unable to sleep, lose your appetite, lose weight, or disrupts any of your body functions, and then there’s a high possibility that it can affect your hair life cycle. What happens is that stress will keep many of your hair follicles into a resting phase, and then after few months the same affected hair follicles undergo the shedding phase. This means you will notice a large number of hair strands falling out when you wash your hair or comb it.
This stress-related hair loss problem is known as telogen effluvium.
Now, how should you deal with a stress-related hair loss?
You need to address the underlying cause, which is stress. If you manage your stress and your body recovers or restores the physiological balance in your systems, then you will notice your hair start growing back. There are many ways to handle stress and you may start using the following tips:
You can do these, right?
Another cause of excess hair loss is nutrient and vitamin deficiency.
Hair Loss Cause #2: Nutrients and Vitamin Deficiency
Nutrients and vitamin deficiency mean you’re not getting adequate amouns of certain nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. This deficiency results in certain health conditions and that includes hair loss problem.
Why nutrients and vitamins are significant factors to consider when looking for hair loss solution?
Like any other parts of your body, the hair follicles need nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy and function properly. One of the important dietary considerations is taking adequate protein, iron and vitamin B.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, B complex vitamins are needed to keep your hair healthy. In particular, B complex vitamins increase your hair’s elasticity, provides protection against dryness and prevents breakage.
Another essential nutrient in maintaining healthy hair is protein. Why? It’s because protein is the main component of the hair structure. If you lack dietary protein, you will end up having a hair loss problem. Protein deficiency will prompt your body into a protein-saving mode. The first thing it will do is stop your hair from growing and put them on resting phase. After 2-3 months, you will have massive hair shedding.
Moreover, lack of iron is also common among people with an excessive hair loss problem. Iron supplements can regrow hair or stop shedding but it’s not recommended to take iron supplements for hair growth if you don’t have an iron deficiency. It only means your hair loss problem is not caused by lack of iron but could be by another factor. Does that make sense to you?
Here’s how to correct your nutrient and vitamin deficiency-related hair loss…
Hair loss due to nutrient and vitamin deficiency is definitely temporary and reversible. As soon as you’ve corrected your dietary issues, your hair will start growing back. So find the best food sources of protein, iron and B complex vitamins and take the supplements recommended by your healthcare practitioner. Again, not all hair loss problems have something to do with nutrient or vitamin deficiency; therefore, be careful in using supplements.
Last but not the least among the top three causes of excessive hair loss is aging.
Hair Loss Cause #3 Aging
Aging is part of the natural course of life. Everybody will go through the process of aging and will experience bodily changes including hair loss.
Why hair loss is common as you age?
Your body structures and functions decline as you age, including your hair growth slows down. Heredity and hormonal changes are the two major factors contributing to this age-related hair loss.
So first, trace your family tree. Are most of your elderly male relatives having male-pattern baldness or older women having thinning of hair and their scalp are becoming more visible? Then, you are at higher risk of experiencing hair loss as you age if it’s within your family history. It’s genetic and you can’t change your genes.
Another thing is that you’re experiencing hormonal problems, which is common during the aging process. The level of the sex hormone testosterone decreases, as men grow older. This hormonal change is often associated with a receding hairline at the temples, which gives older men the M-shaped hairline.
As for women, the menopausal age is crucial when we talk about hormonal changes. Your female hormones estrogen and progesterone are essential for hair growth and keeping your hair healthy. However, these hormones levels drop during menopause resulting in a thinner hair and slower hair growth. Moreover, the male hormones in women become activated at this stage, which shrinks your hair follicles and contributing to hair loss.
Now, how can you promote hair growth and keep your hair healthy as you age?
Hair loss related to aging is a bit complicated when you imagine the genetic and hormonal factors. But let me go straight to the point. You can do two things:
First is trying natural products for hair loss.
- Try natural products for hair loss
There are safe, natural products you may use to address your hair loss problem. It may range from herbs to commercially prepared hair products. Some of the popular herbs that you may apply directly to your hair are rosemary, aloe vera, peppermint, lavender, Ginko Biloba, Saw Palmetto and Panax ginseng.
Moreover, you may also try the IHT 9 Hair Loss Therapy Kit. The kit contains three highly effective Ayurvedic products:
- IHT 9 Hair Regrowth Shampoo
- IHT 9 Hair Conditioner
- IHT 9 Hair Oil
These products are packed with rare Indian herbs, other popular herbs and natural substances that have hair regrowing properties including Serenoa Serrulata, Rosa Damascena, Eblica Officinalis, Eclipta Alba, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Barbadensis Miller, Azadirachta Indica, Plantapon SF, Aloe Vera, Soya Protein, Holy Basil, Rosemary Extract, Coconut Oil, Heena Extract, Natural Vitamin E, Rose Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil, Soya Oil, Walnut Oil, Sesame oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Fenugreek Seeds extract, Neem extract, Bhringraj extract, Amla (Indian Gooseberry) extract, Bhrami extract, and Jatamansi extract. Likewise, each product is bio-energized with CHI Hair Optimization D30.
The next thing you can do is find help to restore your hormonal balance.
- Find help in restoring hormonal balance
There are herbs that can help regulate and restore balance in your hormones. Some of these herbs are black cohosh, wild yam, ginseng, and foods like sesame seeds, fermented soy, flax seeds, apples, cherries, barley, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, beets, garlic, oats, olive oil, oats and garbanzo beans. Aside from including these herbs and foods in your dietary intake, I would highly recommend a natural hormonal balancing program for you.
The natural hormonal balancing program is safe, natural and individualised to your needs. It includes both detoxification and nutrition therapies that would support your hormonal health and holistic wellness.
Therefore, if your hair loss has something to do with hormones, the natural hormonal balancing program is perfect for you. It will help identify the cause of your hormonal imbalance and restore this balance naturally. Aside from removing toxins in your body and improving your nutritional habits, the natural hormonal balancing program will also boost your ability to cope with stress. Clearly, you can hit three birds with one stone in this program. Remember, nutritional deficiencies, stress and hormones are the top three causes of hair loss, which are included in the coverage of natural hormonal balancing program.
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