Everyone loses hair. In most cases, it happens while you’re in the shower, while giving your hair a quick brush or even while blow drying. Losing about 50 to 100 strands a day is perfectly normal.
While it’s easy to blame your parents about your balding scalp or thinning hair, there are a variety of reasons why your hair is falling out. Good news is, there are ways to treat hair loss and hair thinning, and it all depends on the cause. It is important to understand the causes so you can take measures to prevent it.
Here are some of most common causes of hair loss and how to deal with them.
Lack of protein
Being a vegetarian may have its advantages, but not having enough protein in your diet also has its consequences.
If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body will choose to shut down hair growth and focus on the more important functions. Meat, fish and eggs are the best sources of protein, but if you don’t eat meat or animal products, you can add beans, nuts and tofu to your diet.
Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon in which you shed large amounts of hair after a stressful event like major surgery, pregnancy, severe illness, car accident or physical trauma. Typically, hair loss becomes noticeable 3 to 6 weeks after the said event. The good news is that your hair will start growing back as your body recovers.
Tight braid or pulled-back hair
Wearing tight braids or ponytail may lead to gradual hair loss. This causes chronic pulling of the hair, which is mostly evident at the hairline.
While this is probably a bit more relevant to women, it is also seen in men who wear their hair in dreadlocks or cornrows.
Vitamin or mineral deficiency
Whether it’s because of a biological defect, general malnutrition or crash diet, keep in mind that deficiencies in certain vitamins or minerals can cause hair loss.
Iron is one of the most common deficiencies that contribute to hair loss. A simple iron supplement should correct the problem.