And what to do
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The gradual thinning hair or sudden hair reduction that happens to one in every three women may have different causes, but luckily, for each case, there’s a solution! If you notice you’re loosing more hair than usual for longer than three months, it is time to look for what’s triggering the unusual shedding to know how to fix it. Here are the leading causes of telogen effluvium, the excessive hair shedding, and the steps you have to take to help your strings keep healthy and strong.
In periods of high stress, women’s bodies can produce more androgen, the male hormones that cause hair loss. Stress can cause loss of appetite; hence, the hair won’t get the nutrients it needs. Very important is not to become even more stressed when you realise you’re losing more hair than usual. Remember to keep a healthy diet, exercise and get enough sleep. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of a good night's sleep, which you're probably not having if you're stressed. To help you overcome this problem, try a soothing Chamomile tea or Valerian capsules before going to bed.
Balanced hormones regulate our bodies, but when imbalanced, can cause among other problems, the terrible hair loss. An excess of androgen, the male hormones, affects the hair, especially in women with hair loss genetic predisposition. The pill can also trigger hair loss because the hormones that suppress ovulation cause your hair to thin. Hormonal imbalance is a complicated matter. Do not try to solve it by yourself; don't take anything without checking it with your doctor first.
A balanced lifestyle is crucial for our health as a whole, including our hair, which means we need a balanced diet, lots of water and exercise. Our strings are the first to show signs of any nutritional deficiency; this is why crash diets and extreme weight loss causes hair loss. Do eat healthy snacks between meals to give your hair cells enough energy to grow. The best foods to promote hair growth are: berries, avocado, nuts, beans, eggs, spinach, sweet potatoes and salmon, that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
If besides hair loss, you’re also constantly tired, you may be suffering from Vitamin B12 deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans must pay special attention to this point since Vitamin B12 comes mostly from animal proteins. The daily intake of proteins should be at least 120g a day. The good news is that you can find vitamin B12 supplements for vegans, like Bear, so that you can easily overcome this problem without having to change your eating habits.
The same goes for Iron deficiency, better known as anaemia. Iron is super essential for producing the hair cell protein our hair needs to keep healthy and beautiful. Healthy eating habits and a vitamin supplement containing not only iron but also vitamins B, C, D3, Selenium, Zinc like Ogaenics, (that is both organic and vegan) can help you provide your hair with the complex nutrition it needs.
Age and Genetic
And last but not least, there is the age factor. Our hair changes with menopause, and as we grow older, it gets thinner. This shouldn’t be seen as a problem since losing some volume with the passing of years is absolutely natural. By the age of 40, around 40% of women will have visible hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Women who see their hair thinning slowly but gradually, usually have a genetic predisposition to it. Avoid hairdos that traction too much your hair and hair follicles, and be gentle with your strings; use natural hair products and have a healthy diet.
For women experiencing dramatic hair loss and bald patches, the psychological and emotional toll can be devastating and sometimes, even life-altering. Why not consider hair extensions to give more volume to your thinning hair and restore your emotional well-being and confidence? The Hairdreams salon in Vienna can help you with natural hair thickening extension.
Whatever the cause is, know that hair grows in cycles so you won’t see changes as soon as you take the necessary steps to improve your mane’s health. As with most things in life, you will have to be consistent and patient; your effort will start paying off after about two months.