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Understanding Hair loss

Why am I losing my hair?

Hair loss can be caused by many factors. Physical health, stress, diet, genetics, hormones, treatments and medications can all contribute to your hair thinning or falling out.

In order to understand what treatments may be effective, you need to understand the difference between hair thinning vs hair loss.

If you have ruled out hair thinning, then look at the types of hair loss for both women and men.

All treatment options in the market are designed to treat specific types of hair loss and there is no one size fits all solution.

Hair thinning vs hair loss

Everyone experiences hair fall. Overall, you can expect to lose 50-300 hair follicles on a daily basis. This is the normal amount of hair a healthy scalp will shed. Depending on the colour or length of your hair, it may appear that you are shedding more than you really are.

If you are not losing your hair, the same number of hairs will grow to replace the hair fall.

If you are losing your hair, and are noticing more than just a few strands of hair falling out while shampooing or brushing, you should as a first step take the time to go see someone such as a doctor, trichologist or a qualified hairdresser.

Thinning hair is not fine hair, and, like hair loss there can be many factors that contribute to a change in your hair. Some of the common factors include stress, diet, colouring treatments, hormones and / or medications.

Can I prevent losing my hair?

You can protect hair from damage that may eventually cause thinning. Many people put added stress on their hair by using hair dryers, hot irons and / or dyes & colours. By using these frequently it may lead to dry, brittle and thinning hair.

  • To prevent hair damage that may cause hair loss, here are some tips to follow.
  • Go natural, leave your hair its natural color and texture. If that is not an option for you, give your hair time to recover from chemical treatments. For females you may want to look into using a hair rebuilding treatment. 
  • Choose products wisely. Use paraben, silicone, SLS & DEA free shampoo. 
  • When curling your hair, choose softer sponge rollers. 
  • Brush using a natural-bristle brush, which is less likely to tear your hair. Be gentle, and avoid brushing your hair when wet, as it is especially fragile at this time. It is best to use a comb on wet hair with conditioner or a treatment.

If hair loss runs in the family and you are already noticing a significant change in your hair then you may need to start using a more specific treatment option.