Is your hair clogging up your drain every time you shower? Or do you find yourself losing hair every time you run a brush through it?
For the average person, we lose around 80 strands a day, so hair loss is completely normal. But if you find yourself losing more than that, or you’re losing more than you normally do, there might be some underlying problems causing it!
There are plenty of triggers that can cause hair loss so it can sometimes be pretty tricky to spot which one. But we’ve pulled together the most common reasons you’re losing your locks so you can protect each strand and hopefully spend less time pulling them out the plug hole!
First things first though,
Hair loss is actually much more common than most people think. At least 1 in 3 women suffer from hair loss at one point in their life, so hair loss is certainly not something to freak out about!
There are two different types of hair loss;
If you’re suffering from hair loss, there’s a chance that the problem lies with your genes. This is usually clear if you experience a progressive and gradual reduction in hair volume. But there are a few things you can do to make sure you're keeping your hair strong in the meantime.
This is when hair loss occurs after something has triggered it, such as nutritional deficiency, severe stress, crash dieting or an illness.
7 Most Common Triggers
If your hormones are imbalanced then this can radiate throughout the rest of your body, including your hair. Hormones play a large part in regulating the hair growth cycle, oestrogens (the female hormones) are great for hair as they keep it in the growth stage for the optimal length of time. Androgens (the male ones) can actually shorten the hair growth cycle.
If you have an excess of androgens (which can be caused by an endocrine disorder, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) you can often suffer from hair loss. The extent to which your hormones effect your hair gross is really down to your genes, as some are more prone to a hormone imbalance than others.
Stress can raise your androgen levels, which as we know can cause hair loss by shortening the growth stage of your hair cycle.
Stress can also trigger things like dandruff, impact your eating habits and mess with your digestive system, which can also alter your hair cycle and cause loss.
Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
Your thyroid works to regulate the body’s hormones and metabolism, and a thyroid imbalance (over-active or under-active) can affect the hair follicles.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
A lack of B12 can often leave you feeling fatigued with very little energy and lacking it can negatively impact your hair, too.
Vitamin B12 affects the health of red blood cells, and these are the one which carrys oxygen to your tissues. This deficiency is most common in vegans as you can only obtain through animal proteins.
Dramatic Weight Loss
If you lose weight quickly over 6-12 weeks, whether intentionally or not, can cause dramatic hair loss, too. If you have a nutrient deficiency, your body is quite quick to target the hair as physiologically, it isn’t essential.
If you’re going through menopause or you’re about to enter it, there will be quite a few different changes which can often cause hair loss!
Recognise the problem
Because our strands have their own cycles, it means that hair loss happen gradually. Sometimes it can take around 3 months for hair fall out after it has been triggered. If you notice that your hair has quite excessive fall-out, then head to your doctors and see if there’s any underlying problems. But most importantly, don’t panic. Your hair will grow back after the problem has been spotted!
Encourage More Growth With Stem Cell Shampoo
In skin care, stem cells are incredibly important as the can become the source of regeneration for the epidermis. This means that they work to help renew cells, and keep your skin looking youthful and glowing. They work in a very similar way when it comes to your hair, as the stem cells encourage the formation of new hair and hair pigments. Plant stem cells increase the lifespan of the hair follicles, so the hair can stay in the anagen phase of the hair for longer, preventing hair fall-out.
As we age, our hair follicles either become dormant completely or shrink in size. When they shrink in size it means that they still produce hair, but it’s much lighter, thinner and more brittle than before so it appears like there is no hair growth at all.
Our Stem Cell Haircare Range includes our Shampoo & Conditioner which will help to encourage hair growth by stimulating dormant hair follicles.
If you decide to take supplements, make sure that you’re still getting everything you can from your diet alongside them. The most important ingredients are iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, copper, zinc, selenium, and L-Lysine & L-Methionine.
Change up your style
Putting your hair up in a tight hairstyle can put stress on your strands which can cause fall out, so make sure you’re wearing your hair down enough so that you’re not pulling at your hair too much.
But most importantly
Don’t panic! Losing hair can often leave you feeling stressed, but it's very important to remember that hair loss among women is incredibly common.
One ingredient or product won’t stop your hair loss straight away, and sometimes it can be a mix of your diet, health and your scalp so taking the time to be patient, look after yourself and don't panic over hair loss!