This is a question we here from time to time in the Salon and one that is of great concern to anyone that thinks they are experiencing this situation. It is quite natural for us to lose hair. Hair is a regenerative substance and goes thru a specific growth cycle that is unique to each individual. Once it reaches its genetically predetermined length it falls out, clearing the follicle and making way for new growth to occur. The average human has between 100,000 and 300,000 hairs on their head at any given time and sheds an average of 80 to 300 hairs a day, enough to clog the drain and fill up the bristles in your brush but not enough to be concerned with.
If you feel that you are suddenly losing more than that, here are some considerations for you. Some of the more common causes for hair loss are genetics, pregnancy, a change in diet, stress, hormonal/chemical imbalances in the body, changes in medication and the onset of menopause. Here is a quick checklist for you to consider.
Take a look at your family history. If many people in your family tree have thinning hair, particularly as they age, there is a good chance that you will experience the same thing and there isn't much that can be done.
Are you or do you suspect you might be pregnant? If not, you can move on down the line.If you are this could be the reason for your sudden hair loss.
How is your diet? Many of us, in our quest for a slimmer, sexier body commit to strange, unhealthy diets, some of wich can be dangerous to your health over a long period of time. Eat a well balanced diet and excercise frequently. Regular aerobic excercise will make you look better, is good for your heart and general well being and since it increases circulation it will indirectly have an effect on your hairs' health as well. Increased circulation= increased nutrients being supplied to the hair follicle, wich means increased hair growth.Consider adding a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to make sure you are feeding your body what it needs.
If you have exprienced an increase in your stress levels, this could be the answer to your problem. Any sudden or dramatic changes in your life such as the loss of a loved one, loss/change of job or a change in your relationship status can increase your stress levels enough to trigger hair loss.
Are you going thru menopause? If you are, enough said.
If you can't find the reason for your hair loss in the list above, you should check with your physician. Sudden hair loss can be an indication of many different medical conditions that require a doctors care such as thyroid, heart and circulatory problems, diabetes, and hormone/chemical imbalances in the body. If you think that the reason for your hairloss is medical in nature, don't hesitate. Call your physician today.
Another thing to think about is how well do you take care of your hair? Breakage caused by chemical and thermal damage, tho technically not hair loss, sure can seem like it at times. Be kind to your hair. Take the time to condition regularly, cut down on flat iron usage and listen to your stylist when they recommend products to you. They know what is best for your hair.
So, eat a healthy diet, excercise regularly, try to reduce sources of stress in your life, listen to your stylist and check with your Dr to make sure there isn't something wrong with your health. I hope this has been helpfull. Please feel free to share your comments and questions with us.