Top 5 rea­sons you’re los­ing your hair

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH & FITNESS - [email protected]­erjm.com

HAIR LOSS is a sad re­al­ity for some. The av­er­age per­son loses 80 strands a day and will only no­tice a change if it is sig­nif­i­cantly more than this statis­tic. The sit­u­a­tion gets a lit­tle ‘hairy’ if there is no re­growth for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time, which is then con­sid­ered bald­ing. When it comes to hair loss, there are so many po­ten­tial trig­gers, which means it can be tricky to pin­point the ex­act rea­son why your strands are fall­ing out and come up with a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion. Hair loss can be both ge­netic or re­ac­tive and is based on these top five rea­sons.

First, let us dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween ge­netic and re­ac­tive hair loss. Ge­netic hair loss is based on an in­di­vid­ual be­ing ge­net­i­cally pre­dis­posed to hair thin­ning. Hair fol­li­cles are sen­si­tive to the male hor­mones. Based on the fluc­tu­a­tion of these hor­mones, the in­di­vid­ual’s fol­li­cles will shrink over time, which will cause the hair to be finer and shorter with each hair growth cy­cle. Re­ac­tive hair loss is a re­sult of an in­ter­nal im­bal­ance or up­set, such as a nutri­tional de­fi­ciency, se­vere stress or an ill­ness.

1. STRESS

We’ve seen it in movies where a woman un­der in­tense stress will ex­pe­ri­ence hair loss. What may seem funny on TV is an ex­tremely scary sit­u­a­tion in re­al­ity. Stress raises an­dro­gen (the male hor­mone) lev­els, which in turn can cause hair loss. Stress can also in­duce scalp con­di­tions such as dan­druff, and also af­fect nu­tri­tion be­cause per­sons un­der a lot of stress tend to have poor di­ets.

2. VI­TA­MIN B12 DE­FI­CIENCY

We usu­ally as­so­ciate vi­ta­min B12 with en­ergy. How­ever, it plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in hair growth. Vi­ta­min B12 de­fi­ciency of­ten causes hair loss as it can af­fect the health of red blood cells, which carry oxy­gen to your tis­sues.

3. HOR­MONE IM­BAL­ANCE

If your hor­mones are not at their right lev­els, this can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on your en­tire sys­tem, es­pe­cially your hair. Hor­mones help to reg­u­late hair growth cy­cle. Fe­male hor­mones are hair-friendly and pro­mote healthy fol­li­cles, which will re­sult in thick, healthy strands. On the other hand, an ex­ces­sive amount of male hor­mones will shorten the life­span of the fol­li­cle.

4. AGE

If you are about to start menopause, you will no­tice sig­nif­i­cantly more hair loss. This is all a part of get­ting older and we need to un­der­stand that as we age, so do our fol­li­cles. Our hair will be­come thin­ner and shorter as the hair cy­cle starts to slow down.

5. HAIR STYLING

Con­stant pulling on our hair will cause Alope­cia areata, also known as spot bald­ness. Ex­ces­sive braid­ing, wear­ing of hair ex­ten­sions and tight hair­styles will even­tu­ally lead to the thin­ning of your nat­u­ral hair.

Ways to re­duce hair loss

STYLE SMARTLY

Yes, a high bun or sleek corn­rows might look nice but it can place a lot of trac­tion on hair fol­li­cles.

TAKE SUP­PLE­MENTS

This is a quick and easy way to en­sure you al­ways have the right amount of nu­tri­ents needed to main­tain a healthy life­style, and of course hair growth.

EAT MORE PRO­TEIN

Hair is made of pro­tein, there­fore, in­gest­ing food rich in pro­tein will im­prove hair growth.

TAKE A CHILL PILL

If things are out of your con­trol there is no use wor­ry­ing about it. Re­lax, de-stress and take it easy.

EAT MORE COM­PLEX CARBS

There is no such thing as too much fruits and veg­gies. Eat­ing these on a daily ba­sis will pro­vide your hair with the en­ergy it needs to grow.

SOURCES

• https://www.philip­kings­ley.co.uk/hair­guide/hair-loss/alope­cia-areata

• Bur­den of Hair Loss: Stress and the Un­der­es­ti­mated Psy­choso­cial Im­pact of Tel­o­gen Ef­flu­vium and An­dro­ge­netic Alope­cia. https://www.ji­don­line.org/ar­ti­cle/S0022202X(15)30963-5/full­text.

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