These factors may explain your recent hair loss
There are many factors that affect our hair, and we don’t always notice because of how busy or lives are, and the many people that depend on us to get through the day in one piece. The eight things mentioned below are not to be taken lightly as they can seriously cause significant hair loss over time if not managed properly. So here goes:
Stress-hormone receptors exist in and around the hair follicles. Stress affects the cardiovascular system and reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients reaching the hair cells. Stress causes the scalp to tighten and the body shuts down production of hair during periods of stress. To help combat the effects of stress, exercise reduces stress and helps the blood flow to the follicles and encourages growth. So work gets too stressful tell your boss, that you and your hair can’t handle his stress!
Prolonged illness can cause both hair loss caused by poor uptake of essential nutrients by the body and slows down cell metabolism. Tension in the scalp reduces the circulation of oxygen and starves the root of nutrients needed for hair growth. It’s also important to note that even though we typically lose 70-100 hairs a day from the scalp, hair loss can be the first sign of an underlying disease.
If you’re suddenly shedding more hair or your mood hasn’t changed drastically, then you should check any new meds you’re taking. Some prescription medicines can cause hair loss.
Some of these include:
1. Blood thinners.
2. High-dose vitamin A.
3. Medicines that treat arthritis, depression, gout, heart problems, and high blood pressure.
4. Medications used in cancer chemotherapy (these medications target rapidly growing cells in the body, which means the cancer cells but that also includes hair cells as well)
5. Birth control pills: Some women who take the pill see hair loss. Sometimes, the hair loss begins when a women stops taking the pill. Women who get this hair loss often have hereditary hair loss.
6. Anabolic steroids (steroids taken to build muscle and improve athletic performance) may also cause hair loss.
Genetics play a vital role in determining normal hair growth, as well as abnormal hair growth. Among other things, your DNA controls density, length, color and texture of your hair. So if you notice excessive hair loss, then you may have a genetic hair loss trait from both sides of your family. It’s important to note that you can’t control genetics and there are other factors related to your hair loss and you should pay special attention to those factors and just do the best you can to keep your hair and scalp healthy.
Cigarettes contain over 4,000 different chemicals and gases, some of them deadly. When you smoke, your blood carries around poisonous carbon monoxide gas which hijacks the red blood cells.
This prevents the cells from carrying the right amounts of oxygen around your body. Ultimately, this will affect things like your hair as it is not being supplied with enough nutrients or fresh oxygen from the blood stream.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to carry out their functions.
Both male and female hormones affect hair growth. Male hormones are known as androgens (this includes testosterone, something you’re a bit more familiar with) this stimulates hair growth on the face and body and creates fuller, thicker hair on the head. Women naturally produce androgens but in very small amounts which explain why we have fewer chests, chin and back hair than men.
Estrogen, the female hormone, slows hair growth and creates finer, thinner hair which is another reason why women are on average less hairy than men.
To maintain a healthy hair, your hormones must be sufficiently balanced.
Physical Treatments of your hair
External factors are more influenced by the way you treat your hair. Tell me what you did to your hair this morning or for that party last night. Did you change your hair color, bleach it or use some other harsh chemical agents. Your hairstyle and the products you use can cause hair loss.
Constant bleaching and perms can cause the hair to break as well as regular and improper use of dyes, gels, relaxers and hair sprays.
Frequent use of a blow dryer will boil the water in the hair shaft leaving the hair brittle and prone to breakage.
The use of hair clips and rubber bands can break hair and years of wearing your hair in a style that pulls on the hair such as a ponytail, cornrows or braids can cause a type of hair loss around your hair line known as “traction alopecia”.
Sebum is the natural oil that is produced by the body and is said to be the body natural hair oil. When sebum is allowed to accumulate in the hair follicles it attracts bacteria and fungus. If this is not fixed, it will weaken the hair shaft and can cause hair loss.