Why you are losing hair and what you can do about it!

Hair, hair, hair! From curly hair to straight, to frizzy and fine hair, we talk about it ALL. But something that isn’t spoken about as much (but is just as important) is hair loss. No matter your age or gender, your hair can be a big part of your image and identity, so facing losing it can sometimes come as a shock and may knock your confidence. Ouch!

Hair loss is usually when you lose noticeably more hair than the average 50-100 strands per day. Say what now?! Yes we do lose 50-100 strands a day on average. There’s lots of different types of hair loss from thinning, to total loss of hair, or medical conditions such as alopecia. It can be genetic, as a result of stress, experienced after pregnancy, or due to a medical condition or treatment. Here are some of the most common reasons for hair loss in women.

1. Nutritional deficiencies

It could be possible that essential nutrients may be missing from your diets such as iron, copper, zinc and proteins. The deficiency of vitamin D is another cause of hair loss. In order to avoid this, make sure to get out and soak up some sun.

2. Hormonal Imbalance

After the age of 30, women can experience hormonal imbalance which can cause hair loss. This is usually caused by excessive dihydrotestosterone (DHT) conversion. Even though oestrogen is the main hormone that women produce, testosterone and other androgens such as DHEA also occur in the female body. As women reach a certain age, they may begin to convert these androgens to DHT. You might want to see you doctor for a blood check.

3. Thyroid issues

If the thyroid gland, which is at the front of the neck, produces excessive or an insufficient amount of the thyroid hormone, then the hair growth cycle may change. However, if you do have a thyroid issue, you will notice other symptoms along with hair loss such as weight gain or loss, sensitivity too cold or heat, and changes in heart rate.

4. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have a hormonal imbalance which creates higher levels of androgens than normal. This often causes hair to grow on the face and body, while the hair on the head grows thinner. PCOS can also lead to ovulation problems, acne, and weight gain.

5. Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills can cause hair loss. The hormones in the pill that suppress ovulation can cause hair too thin, especially in women with a family history of hair loss. Sometimes hair loss can occur when you stop taking the pill. Other drugs associated with hair loss are blood thinners and medicines that treat high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and depression.

6. Stress

Extreme stress can cause sudden hair loss which could last for several months. Minimising stress through exercise, meditation yoga and massages will reduce your chances of experiencing hair loss.

7. Hairstyling products

Over-treated hair can lead to hair loss due to the toxic chemicals found in dyes and styling products. Similarly, almost all shampoos contain Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which has a toxic effect on your immune system and has been proven to corrode hair follicles and impede hair growth. It is advisable to stick to natural shampoos and dyes.

8. Medical Conditions

- Telogen effluvium

general shedding from all over the head. We typically lose some 100 hairs a day but sometimes shedding accelerates due to stress, illness, medication or hormones. Hair generally grows back within six months.

- Androgenetic alopecia

in women, hair generally thins in the top, frontal area, just behind the hair line, but stays thick at the back. An enzyme causes the conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone to another hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), causing the hair follicles to produce thinner hair until they stop.

- Alopecia areata

an autoimmune disease that affects up to 2% of the population. It causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to total baldness. In many cases, the hair regrows.

- Ageing

As we age, the rate at which our hair grows tends to slow down. Hair strands get smaller and have less pigment, and hair becomes thinner, finer, and grey. In order to keep your hair healthy, eat whole foods which help to keep your body youthful, as well as your hair. If you have prematurely grey hair, you can find here natural supplements that can help you.

- Genetics

Hair loss that is genetic is known as androgenetic alopecia and is known to be the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother's or father's side of the family, though you're more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.

All in all many reasons that can lead to hair loss. If you are experiencing severe hair loss it is important to find out what the reason is. If you have any questions or concerns on this subject you can always contact us on instagram or on support@ellamae.com. We are more than happy to help you out!