Probably the nightmare of everyone is to wake up one day and realize you are losing hair. You’re not alone. I receive many questions on this topic. Often there is no cause for concern, but it’s not always like that. Sometimes it’s time to take a closer look at what is happening in the body. When are you really losing hair and how to solve hair loss?
When are you losing hair?
You can lose 60 to up to 150 hairs per day without anything to worry about. Keep in mind, that if you have long hair losing 100 hairs per day can appear much more than when you have short(er) hair.
What causes hair loss?
If you lose more hair than usual there are some factors that can be a cause. Since hair is a non-essential tissue, it is super sensitive to stress. Stress can make you go bald…. But also ordinary life events such as a stomach bug, high fever, crash diets, and a stressful job can cause hair loss (even six to ten weeks later). However, sometimes it’s just a cycle that women have to deal with. Some women lose more hair in the winter or in spring. Even in those cases, there is no need to panic. Take care of your body and the hair will stop falling out and grow back as usual.
Also keep in mind that when you visit the hair salon often for treatments such as bleaching, permanent hair color, and straightening that the effect can be similar to hair loss. The treatments don’t impact your natural hair growth, but they can damage the protein structure of the hair. This will weaken the hair shaft and can lead to breakage that (for you) looks like hair loss. And yes, this can also make your hair look thinner over time. So be careful with your hair.
One of the main reasons I have long healthy hair is because I hardly visit the hairsalon and I never (and I mean never) brush my hair when it’s wet.
How to solve hair loss?
How we look on the outside tells us how we are doing on the inside. If you are losing more hair than normal (for more than two months), it’s time for action.
While every person is different, the most common causes of hair loss are deficiencies in iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B12, and /or hypo or hyperthyroid issues. It’s important to get your blood checked before popping in the pills. It’s not a good idea to have too much vitamin D or iron in your body. Blood result can help you on your way to get your full, healthy-looking hair back.
What are other most common reasons for hair loss?
low iron levels can cause hair breakage, which results in thinning hair and stress (since you think you are losing hair). In this article I explained what great plant based sources of iron are. My favorite is lentils. A few tablespoons will not do, make them a great part of your meal (preferably twice a day).
low t3 levels (active thyroid hormones) can cause hair loss. So get your t3 levels checked and contact a health practitioner to help you support your thyroid.
hair is more than 90 percent protein, and if you’re not getting enough protein you can experience slow hair growth or even hair loss. So add protein to your plate, because you need amino acids from protein to build strong hair cells. Great plant based protein sources are lentils, hemp seeds, chia seeds, quinoa, spirulina, beans and nuts and seeds.
your hair needs minerals to grow. Zinc (together with copper) and silica are great for hair growth. You can read more about what to eat in this article.
fats are essential for hair growth. Good fats nourish hair cells and make your hair shine. My favorites are nuts and avocados.
if your digestion is not working well you are not able to absorb all those vitamins and minerals for new healthy hair growth. A poor digestion means that your body and your hair will suffer from the lack of vitamins and minerals. Eat plenty of fibers (fruits and vegetables), keep your colon clean, drink enough water and move sufficiently.
when you are dealing with high levels of stress (too much and too often) this can lead to a multitude of severe health problems. Often stress is the cause of hair loss too. Find stress-relieving daily activities such as meditation, prayer, exercises, cooking, reading or a walk in nature.
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