There can be many reasons your hair keeps falling out. Often women and men start losing hair in leaps and bounds as soon as they hit 30. Most men start losing hair in greater volumes by 40 and often turn bald. While balding in men may be due to genetic reasons, there are many other reasons your hair keeps falling out.
Seasonal Hair Fall:
People consider their hair as their most prized possessions and spend thousands every month to maintain the health of their lovely tresses. The common issues discussed my majority of women and men today is the rate at which their hair falls. They not only lose their sleep worrying about their hair but also get into harsh chemical treatments in beauty salons to stop their hair fall. Precious time and money is wasted in the process. Hair fall occurs due to a variety of reasons like stress, infection, pollution, chemical exposure, improper diet, lack of care and heating and curling devices. Another major reason which people believe for hair fall is season change. Seasonal hair fall is very normal and slightly higher in women than in men.
- Humans tend to shed 50 to 100 hairs in a day which is considered normal. But during spring and autumn many people notice an increased rate of hair fall. Actually what happens is that throughout the year one might have hair fall close to the lower limit i.e. 50 hairs a day and during autumn and spring this limit increases to 100. So, it makes one believe that season change triggers hair fall.
- Research says that a typical strand of hair has a life cycle of 2 to 6 years but around 10% of a person’s hair goes into a resting phase known as ‘telogen’. During the telogen phase, the hair can fall out. Studies reveal that this telogen occurs mostly around July after which the affected hair falls during October or November.
- Another theory reveals that humans grow more hair during the summer months to protect the scalp from the ultraviolet rays and the hot sun. In autumn, this additional growth is not necessary anymore and hence it sheds.
- Some scientists believe that hair life cycle changes due to the action of prolactin and melatonin levels in the body. The changes in the intensity of the solar heat during these seasons have an impact on the hormonal proportions and the melatonin secretion in the human body resulting in hair loss. The change in the environment poses an impact on the hair follicles. As temperature varies from country to country, people in northern countries might experience severe seasonal hair fall in the month of November, while some in other countries may experience in the month of October.
You should not be much concerned by seasonal hair fall as the condition is quick to reverse and soon you will have healthy growing hair once the season changes. If hair loss is too much, you must consult a doctor. As hair loss is normal, so is speedy growth. Hair grows at a great speed and so the hair fall is not noticed. A person should not be concerned with hair fall until unless one finds thinning of hair, balding patches and rough and brittle hair. In such cases, professional help must be sought to find out about any other underlying problem.
Apart from seasonal reasons, other reasons why your hair keeps falling out may be due to poor lifestyle, wrong food habits, stress, chemicals and heat styling treatments.
- Most men and women give a lot of importance to their hair. They also spend thousands of bucks on making their hair more beautiful time and again. They spend thousands in salons for haircuts, hair care and hair grooming.
- But, these days, both men and women go through a lot of stress and this directly affects their hair. Long working hours and too much competition at work leads to stress, which indirectly affects their hair. They also deal with a lot of stress in relationships which affects their hair health.
- Another major cause of hair fall is wrong diet. Women and men both indulge in a lot of junk food, wrong food, alcohol and other such foods which do not provide your hair with the necessary nutrition and makes them weak. Hair fall, brittle hair, breakage, dandruff and split ends are common issues that state the unhealthy condition of your hair.
- Moreover, many chemical treatments at parlors, salons such as hair straightening, curling or perming lead to severe hair damage and eventual hair loss. Other factors like pollution, improper diet and lack of proper sleep also leads to hair fall.
- You should use only sulfate-free and paraben free mild shampoos for your hair care. You also need to wash your hair regularly to ensure that you have proper and healthy hair. A proper hair care routine should be followed for good and healthy hair.
- Do not use heating devices directly on hair very often. Stay away from hair styling agents and products as much as possible. Oil your hair regularly.
- Consult a good hair expert for proper recommendation of hair care products.
- Get your hair trimmed regularly to boost natural hair growth.
- Eat a balanced diet to ensure that your hair gets all the nutrients and vitamins that will make your hair naturally thicker and healthier.
- Use hair masks and hair care products made from natural ingredients to condition your hair once in a while.
Alopecia areata is a type of complete balding hair disorder that is actually an autoimmune disorder. First, the hair falls out in small patches and then, gradually, the patches increase in diameter. Sometimes, hair loss is seen all over the body. Generally, this occurs before the age of 30 and around 6.8 million people are affected by this disorder annually.
Treatment For Alopecia Areata:
- Although there is no cure for alopecia areata currently, doctors do suggest other forms of treatments to regrow hair.
- Most doctors prescribe corticosteroids that are anti-inflammatory drugs that suppress the immune system. Corticosteroids are administered by topical ointments, local injections or even orally.
- Some other common medications include Minoxidil, Anthralin, DPCP or SADBE. These help in re-growth of the hair and also prevent formation of bald-spots.
- Photochemotherapy is also suggested in some cases where patients are not willing to go for invasive therapies.
- Some theories suggest that quercetin, a bioflavonoid found in vegetables and fruits naturally, can protect a person against alopecia areata and also treat hair loss. But this requires more research.
Treatments To Reduce Suffering:
- Hair not only looks beautiful on a person, but it also protects the skin, face, nose and eyes against various elements.
- People suffering from alopecia areata wear wigs, hats or scarves to protect their head from the sun or to keep themselves warm in cold climate.
- These people wear wraparound sunglasses to protect their hair from debris. Normally, the eyes are protected by eyelashes and eyebrows, which are absent in a person suffering from alopecia areata.
- They should wear sunscreen to prevent their heads from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Such people can also use an ointment inside their noses to keep their nostrils moist and to protect dirt and debris from entering inside. Normally, this is done by the hair present inside the nose.
- Moreover, it is found in some cases that freedom from stress, emotional anxiety or other kinds of tensions helps in fighting the disease.
These are some of the main reasons your hair keeps falling out. Check out which reasons apply to you and practice precaution and treatment accordingly.