The Fall of Your Crowning Glory and Its Causes
Having gorgeous tresses is something every woman and everyone, rather, take pride in. So, naturally, when our crowning glory faces the threat of hair loss, it is upsetting. Hair loss or alopecia is a condition that can affect your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary or permanent. The cause can be attributed to a number of things, including heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or simply, a normal process of ageing.
We tend to loose between 50 to 100 hairs a day — shocking, but with a set of 100,000 strands of hair, that amount seems little. These fallen strands give way for new strands of hair to grow but unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Hair loss is a tricky little predicament, which could develop gradually over the years or happen abruptly, and the loss can be permanent or temporary.
The Cause of Hair Loss
Now, to the important question — why does this happen? The right person to determine the underlying cause of your hair loss would be a doctor or dermatologist. That said, alopecia is most commonly caused by hereditary male or female-pattern baldness which basically means that if you have a family history of baldness, it’s likely that you would suffer from it as well. Sometimes, certain sex hormones can trigger hereditary hair loss and can begin as early as puberty. Weirdly enough, a simple glitch in the hair growth cycle can induce hair loss, including factors like major illnesses, surgeries or traumatic events.
1. A change in hormones can affect hair loss and following are the examples:
2. Medical conditions that induce hair loss include:
- thyroid disease
- alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles)
- scalp infections like ringworm
- Diseases that cause scarring, such as lichen planus and some types of lupus, can result in permanent hair loss because of the scarring.
3. Hair loss can be triggered by medications to treat:
4. A physical or emotional shock such as:
- a death in the family
- extreme weight loss
- a high fever
People who are diagnosed with trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) have a need to pluck their hair, from the ones on their head to eyebrows and eyelashes. Then there is something called traction hair loss, which comes from hairstyles that put too much strain on the follicles by pulling the hair back tightly. A lack of protein, iron, and other nutrients in your diet can also lead to thinning of hair.
5. Telogen effluvium
A form of temporary hair loss usually happens from stress that resolves over time. When doubtful, it’s always advisable to see a doctor to find out the cause and seek treatment. Some of the causes include:
6. Birth control pills
One of the side effects of ceasing from consuming birth control pills is experiencing hair loss several weeks or months after. So, if you’re on the pill, opt for one that has a low androgen index to keep thinning of hair at bay. Examples of birth control pills with a lower androgen index include:
- Other forms of birth control that affect the hormones and result in hair fall are implants and skin patches
7. Nutritional deficiencies
As aforementioned, when you lack certain nutrition, this triggers hair fall. Extreme diets programmes that are low in protein and certain vitamins, such as iron too, can sometimes cause excessive hair shedding. For nutritional deficiencies, it’s best to get a blood test done and seek treatment.
Taking Care of Your Crowning Glory
After identifying the root cause of your hair loss, it’s time to get into action and consider making lifestyle changes to reduce stress and eating a wholesome diet that comprise a balance of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Practising the following tips may also cease further hair loss:
- Using a lightweight shampoo and conditioner to avoid weighing down the hair
- Avoiding tight hairstyles
- Limiting the use of heating processes that can damage the hair