Seven Reasons You Might Be Losing Your Hair

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It’s something we all worry about – losing our hair. Hair loss is much more common than people think and although a taboo subject, it is quite common for women too. While your genetics and hormones are usually the biggest cause of hair loss, there are other factors such as your diet, styling methods and your general health.

Below are seven of the most common contributing factors of hair loss:

Stress

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As well as turning your hair grey, stress can trigger conditions that result in hair loss. The effect of increased amounts of trauma or anxiety on the body may cause these three stress-related hair loss conditions:

  • Telogen effluvium: This is the most common cause of hair loss from stress. The stress stops your hair from growing and later you may experience sudden hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata: Here the immune systems stops the hair from growing and can cause large chunks of hair to fall out.
  • Trichotillomania: This is a condition in which a person regularly pulls out chunks of their own hair, usually as a coping or boredom mechanism.

Hair Styling

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Styling your hair is a common cause of hair injuries, including hair loss. Tight pony tails, regular use of hair dye and overusing heated tools like hair straightening, damage your hair over time. Try to reduce the amount of times you use heat on your hair and make sure you always get your hair dyed professionally. However, if you’ve experienced hair loss after visiting a professional hair salon, you may be entitled to hairdressing compensation claims.

Weather Changes

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We frequently hear about the devastating effects of climate change and how it’s a global issue we need to tackle. Who would have thought that as well as destroying our planet, climate change is destroying our hair? Because harsh and extreme weather conditions, such as increased humidity or cold temperatures may make your hair more prone to fall out. The cold weather can cause your scalp to become dry, weak and brittle so can easily break. While, we shed more hair during the summer to keep us cool.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal imbalance is commonly known to cause hair loss, particularly in women experiencing the menopause. When the levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone reduce, hair becomes thinner and weaker.

Iron Deficiency

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Iron deficiency is a common health issue in the UK, particularly among females.  You need iron to produce hair cells protein to make your hair grow.  If your diet is lacking in this mineral then your body may not have the resources to produce hair. Try adding more red meat into your diet or take iron supplements if necessary.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes flaky, red and silvery patches. It’s often very itchy and can affect your scalp. While, the condition itself doesn’t usually cause hair loss, frequent scratching of the scalp can lead to your hair falling out. Steroid creams and ointments are commonly used to control and treat Psoriasis.

Pregnancy

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Losing your hair during pregnancy is rare, especially as most women notice their locks getting fuller and thicker while carrying and then noticing slight hair loss after giving birth. If you do find your hair falling out during pregnancy, it is most likely caused by a lack of nutrients, so try looking out getting more iron into your diet.

 

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