We all know that shedding a few strands of hair is normal as an average person loses about fifty to a hundred per day. But if you think you are losing more than the usual, you may want to have yourself checked. Here are a few things that may help you determine the cause of your hair loss.
Hereditary thinning or balding. As the name suggests, this is caused by the genes you inherited from your parents. If they have a history of a receding hairline, your condition is most likely from them. For men, this is when your forehead resembles the letter ‘M’. For women, hair thinning on top of your head is called ‘broadening of parts’.
Hair Styling. Hair loss can also be caused by your hair-do. Hairstyles that involve a lot of hair pulling such as cornrows or braids may cause your precious strands to break. It can also be induced by too much combing and the use of curling/straightening irons.
Stress. Physical and emotional stress can cause hair to weaken and fall. Examples of such are traumas, surgeries, and car accidents. These events can cause great stress on the body. The said events may shock the hair cycle, thus making the head shed more hair. Chunks or a handful of hair may come out while combing as well as when washing your hair during bath time.
Pregnancy can also cause some kind of physical stress. However, hair loss is commonly seen post-pregnancy.
Diet. You may want to check how much Vitamin A and protein you have on your diet. Doing so could be tedious but this is very important because our body only needs a certain amount of Vitamin A per day. Going over the body’s limit may trigger hair loss. On the other hand, the lack of protein produces similar effects.
Medical Treatments. If you are undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy, loss of hair is a common side effect but hair usually grows back once the treatment stops.
Chemicals. Note that your shampoo as well as other hair products (like hair gel and hair spray) may also cause major hair loss. It may be a sign that you are using too much, too often. Hair dyes and bleaches damage the hair as well.
Illnesses. There are certain medical conditions that have hair loss as a side effect, such as anemia and hyperthyroidism. Deficiency in iron and an underactive thyroid gland affect your body and contribute to hair loss.
Take note that there are also autoimmune diseases called Alopecia Areata and Lupus. Due to an overactive immune system, the body treats your hair as a foreign object and attacks it by mistake.
Ringworm. If all the previous reasons have been crossed out and you still are experiencing hair loss, it might be time to see a doctor. If you are seeing coin-shaped spots on your head as well as scaling and swelling, it could be a sign that you have ringworms on your head.
Having a hair loss problem can be a burden. Not only does it affect your appearance, it also causes loss of self-esteem. But do not lose hope, as there is always a solution at hand. Known to provide astounding results, Singapore is famous for having more than a few clinics dedicated to hair transplants. Some may even consider them as one of the best in providing personalized scalp treatment in Singapore. Hair loss can be prevented and if precautionary measures are done, you might be able to save your hair.