Losing from about 50 to 100 hair strands a day is normal. But when too much is lost, say about 200 hair strands a day, then the question what causes hair loss becomes a topical one. Therefore, you should consider the following possible causes for you to be informed.
Most often, hair loss is hereditary. It may be by the genetics of both mother and father or either one of them that you inherited their baldness. You may also have relatives that are bald and that’s why you have excessive hair loss. This hereditary hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia.
People who don’t have enough iron or people who are anemic are likely to have excessive hair loss. This can be prevented by taking iron pills and foods that are good sources of iron such as pumpkin seeds, soybeans, white beans, spinach, oysters, clams and other organ meats.
Hormones somehow contribute as the biggest factor on hair loss causes. Hormones stimulate both hair shedding as well as hair growth. They may cause thinning through the head caused by a certain androgen called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When a person has a lot of androgen receptors in his/her hair follicles, DHT can attach to it causing more hair falling out.
A lot of women after giving birth to a child often wonder what causes hair loss in them. In two or three months after delivering a child, most women experience loss of hair after combing and stroking their hair. This can actually last up to six long months but will eventually return to its normal state. After a woman recovers from childbirth, positive hormonal changes usually occur in nearly all cases preventing hair from falling out further.
An overactive and underactive thyroid is one of the wide-spread causes of hair loss.
Taking some medications may have side effects of hair shedding too. Some of these drugs include medicines for arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, blood pressure, heart problems, depression, blood thinner and many others.
Undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapeutic medications will effect to hair loss too since it cause hair cells to stop from dividing. A few weeks after being treated, 90% of hair strands slowly become thin and easily break.
Major surgery or illness
Shedding of hair may occur after a body system’s shock due to major surgery or illness.
Fungus infection on the scalp
Infection such as ringworm which is a contagious fungal infection causes balding in most young children. Small patches with scaling like dandruffs are signs of a ringworm infection.
Stress, may it be mental or physical, is another factor that causes hair loss from about 3 months after the stressful event. Fortunately, this is only temporary. In most cases normal hair growth happens after recovering from stress.
Excess vitamin A
Too much vitamin A in the body can result in rapid hair shedding too.
Low protein intake
When a human body doesn’t get enough proteins that it needs, it allows hair to be in resting phase and prevents it from growing.
Some other causes include:
- Weight loss
- Severe flu and fever
- Vigorous grooming
- Eating disorders
- Hair cosmetics such as frequent bleaching, abusive use of gels, dyes, sprays and other cosmetic hair products.
- Hair styling such as blow drying, brushing and shampooing.
When you notice excessive loss of hair and you don’t know what to do, you might as well consult a hair specialist to attend to your needs, to figure out what causes hair loss and choose the appropriate treatment.
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1. Are hairstyling products harmful to hair?
No, modern hair products are rather good and safe so that you can use them almost every day. But try to use water-based ones and avoid those that contain alcohol.
2. Do hair conditioners make your hair ends split?
Absolutely not. Conditioners make your hair soft and remove static electricity. The only way to get rid of splitting ends is to cut them off.
3. How can I get rid of dandruff?
Use dandruff shampoo. There is a variety of such hair care products in stores. Usually they contains ketoconazole which attacks the fungus that causes dandruff. Some people think they have dandruff when they spot some little white flakes on their heads, but in reality it may mean that your scalp is too oily or dry. In this case you should simply switch your shampoo and find something that suits you better.
4. Is my hair being damaged during dying or highlighting?
Hair becomes porous after chemical treatment. Technically, yes, it’s being damaged. But sometimes it feels even better after such treatment, as thin and flat hair becomes more porous and may get more volume.
5. Can I wash my hair every day?
Well, try not to do that. Water doesn’t have the same pH as hair. Also, you should have a really good shampoo that is between 4.5 and 5.5 pH.
6. Is hair damaged if you blow dry it often?
Yes, it is. If you are really into it, try to blow dry it with cool air. Also add silicone drops prior to blow drying to make your hair protected against heat.
7. Does good hair condition depend upon what you eat?
Certainly. But remember, once you start using vitamin and mineral supplements it will take about three months before you notice any changes. Your hair needs nutrients containing enough amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals.
8. How long can my hair grow?
Hair doesn’t grow endlessly. It grows in cycles of 2-6 years, and then it comes out and is gradually replaced by new hair. Averagely, hair grows about one centimeter a month. Some people just can’t get their hair long, because their hair has a shorter growth cycle.
9. It is possible to make one’s hair thicker?
No, you are born with a certain number of hair follicles, You can’t have more just out of your will.
10. What can I do if my hair does not grow?
Scalp massage can be of help. Even if you lose a lot of hair you should really try it. Without massage you will lose even more, believe me. Scalp massage increases bloodflow to hair follicles, thus helping them get more nutrition and oxygen.
11. Does hair really turns green because of chlorine?
Yes, there are chemical elements in water (including chlorine) that can make blond hair a little greener, especially if your hair is bleached.
12. Is smoking harmful to your hair?
Yes, it is, but not directly. Every time you take a smoke it destroys some part of vitamins and other useful elements in your body that are essential for your hair. It is especially true about vitamin C.
13. Why does my hair become oily very soon after washing?
You probably use the wrong shampoo. The shampoo shouldn’t be be too strong, as it somehow tricks the scalp to produce more fat. So just change it for a lighter option.
14. Can I brush my hair wet?
No. If you have just washed your hair try to organize it carefully with your fingers and brush or comb it only when it’s almost dry.
15. Is hair perming harmful to my hair?
Yes, it is. After any sort of chemical treatment hair loses its natural elasticity and becomes more porous. Be careful with your hair and never perm it if you have just dyed it or made highlights, or if your hair is in bad condition.
16. What determines your hair color?
The natural color of your hair is hereditary and it depends both on the type of the pigment and the number of pigment cells that are present in it – the more cells are there, the stronger is the color. There are two types of the pigment: eumelanin, which gives hair a light brown or black color (depending on the number of pigment cells); and pheomelanin that gives hair red color. Gray hair is generally coarser and contains more air. In addition, pigment cells in gray hair are often defective and/or inactive.
17. Is it true that some bleaches are gentler than others?
Yes, it depends on the strength of hydrogen peroxide contained in the product.
18. Why does hair sometimes become flat because of hair conditioner?
That’s because you have not washed it out of your hair thoroughly or it simply does not suit your hair. Switch to a different conditioner that is not so strong.
19. I have naturally curly hair. How can I have really nice curls?
Use shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments with moisturizing properties and that are specially adapted to curly hair. Spread mousse, gel or other hairstyling product evenly throughout the full length of your hair after washing. Turn your head upside down and wipe the rest of water with a soft towel. Do not touch your hair while it’s getting dry.
20. Why does my hair electrify?
In winter your hair is usually exposed to rapid changes of the temperature: it’s cold outside and warm inside, so your hair gains static electricity. It may also be caused by synthetic materials in your clothing.
Here’s the list of minerals that are vitally important for normal hair growth:
- Calcium. Milk, cheese, tofu and beans are not only good for bone tissues but also for our hair. Try to take in at least 1500 mg of calcium daily to make your hair grow faster.
- Copper. Copper prevents hair loss and enhances hair color and texture. This mineral is contained in almost every food product, but its highest amount is in liver, nuts, cocoa and grains.
- Iron. Iron is essential for our hair as it helps to stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth. Such foods as eggs, fish, liver, chicken, full cards and dried fruit are particularly rich in iron.
- Magnesium. If you want to make your hair grow faster you should also eat more green vegetables, nuts, soy beans and chickpeas, which have high concentration of magnesium.
- Potassium. Since potassium can affect blood circulation (including that in the scalp), its intake is vital for proper hair growth. This mineral is found in avocados, bananas, dates, figs, garlic, potatoes, raisins and yogurt.
- Selenium. Selenium will help you keep your scalp and hair in a good condition. Eat meat, fish and broccoli to add more selenium to your diet.
- Silica. The mineral silica nourishes your hair and makes it stronger. It is contained in such foods as rice, soy beans, and green vegetables.
- Zinc. Zinc is plays an indispensable part in many bodily processes including cell reproduction, protein synthesis and absorption of vitamins. This element prevents hair from thinning, dryness and loss. You will benefit from eating seafood, oatmeal, spinach, sunflower seeds, and champignon mushrooms, which are rich in zinc.
Include more of the suggested products in your diet plan and you will definitely notice improvements with your hair pretty soon.
Summer is a very special season for our hair. Heat, dust and strong sun-rays can pose a serious threat to its normal growth if no preventive measures are taken. As a matter of fact, a great number of people complain of dry and brittle hair, splitting ends and excessive hair loss in summer. If you are among them, you will benefit from the following tips. They will help you protect your hair from summer threats and keep it healthy, strong and beautiful.
If your hair is exposed to the sun throughout the day, it may be helpful to wear a cap, a sunhat or a scarf. This could be especially important for those who have their hair dyed dark and don’t want it to lose color. Remember, ultraviolet radiation is very harmful for our hair. Even those who use a tanning bed or booth should protect their hair by wearing a scarf or a towel. To say nothing of the summer sun-rays, which can be far more dangerous. That is why it’s recommended to use a shampoo or other hair care products with UV-protection.
It is very important to wash your hair thoroughly in summer, otherwise it will lose its shine and nice color pretty soon. In order to do this there is a proven method: you simply need to mix your shampoo with some baking soda and wash your head with it. It will remove chemicals, particularly chlorine from the hair. You may use a clarifying shampoo as well.
It’s necessary to keep your hair moisturized in summer. Don’t wash your hair with shampoo every day, as it can make it dry and fragile. If you are not happy with your usual shampoo, you can benefit from using moisturizing shampoo or/and conditioner on a daily basis. Don’t use hair care products with alcohol, because they take natural moisture away. Also limit your use of such items as curling irons and blow dryers. Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated and, thus, help your hair stay moisturized.
To obtain extra-fine gloss of your hair use such hair care product as hair shine spray or silicone serum. But don’t overdo with them, because you can easily make your hair greasy. On order to avoid this, you can take an unused powder brush, apply the spray or silicone serum on it and use it to stroke your hair.
As it goes with famous bald men, female celebrities also have to part ways with their hair for this or that reason. For some of them it is a conscious choice or a matter of necessity, for others it’s a natural way of things and nothing can be done about it. Still, all famous bald women in the following list seam to reap benefits from their condition and they are not ashamed of their baldness at all.
Who said that long hair is an indispensable part of woman’s sexiness? Well, Amber Rose proves the opposite. The American model deliberately shaves her head and it makes her one of the sexiest bald women ever.
Bjork. This extraordinary Icelandic singer with expressive vocals and passion for the musical (and visual) experiment was shot bald in the video Hunter showing her transformation into a polar bear (with the help of CGI). They say she didn’t really shave her head but wore a bald cap for this video.
Britney Spears is a rowdy American pop superstar who has sold over 85 million of her albums worldwide. Perhaps, she is most famous for shocking her fans by shaving her head bald in 2007. A controversial deed was her manifestation of rebellion and insanity and stirred quite a scandal.
Cassie, or Cassandra Ventura, is an American singer, dancer and model. In April 2009 Cassie completely shaved the right side of her head explaining it as the need for a total change in her life. It must be said she looks cool with her new “Edward Scissorhands” hairstyle.
Quite often celebrities agree to go bald to star in movies. For example, the Australian award-winning actress Cate Blanchett (born on May 14, 1969) shaved her head for the role of Philippa in the movie Heaven (2002).
Demi Moore, an American actress, also readily said farewell to star in the movie G.I. Jane. She played the role of Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, the first woman to undergo training in U.S. Navy. Though Demi looks very feminine and beautiful she proved that she could be badass on the screen as well.
As with many other ladies in the list, the baldness of Eve Salvail helped her reach a greater success. Not only Eve shaved her hair but also made a Chinese dragon tattoo on her bald head. Quite soon after that her extraordinary appearance was recognized and she became one of the top fashion models.
Sometime baldness is not a matter of a conscious choice. The Scottish model and TV presenter Gail Porter suffered from severe alopecia areata until she finally made decision to shave her head bald. She said it felt like a new beginning to her.
Kylie Minogue is another misfortunate celebrity that had to part ways with her splendid hair. In 2005 the Australian pop diva was diagnosed with breast cancer and lost most of her hair because of chemotherapy. Fortunately, Kylie could regrow some of her hair and could boast of her new short and sexy hairstyle.
Natalie Portman is another actress who famously went bald to play the role of Evey Hammond, a young woman who is rescued from state police by a vigilante “V” in the science fiction movie V for Vendetta (2006).
The Indian actress Persis Khambatta shaved her head for the role of the Deltan navigator Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. According to the movie Deltan race was bald, yet very sexual. Looking at the adorable Persis you can’t but agree with it.
Shabana Azmi (born on September 18, 1950) is one of the most famous actresses of Indian parallel cinema. She got rid of her beautiful hair in 2000 for the film Water directed by Deepa Mehta, an award-winning Canadian film director and screenwriter.
What do you think is the most badass female role ever? No doubt, it’s Ellen Ripley in the Alien series played by Sigourney Weaver. Baldness really contributed to Sigourney’s toughness in the 3rd installment.
Sinead O’Connor is a famous Irish musician who suffered from hair loss problems but managed to make her own style and trademark out of her baldness. One of her well-known statements is “I don’t feel like me unless I have my hair shaved.”
Thea Chassin is a special person in the world of bald (and balding) women. Her mission is not to let any woman feel alone with this condition. Thea has been suffering from alopecia areata since 1997 and lost all her hair on the scalp and body. So she founded her organization Bald Girls Do Lunch bringing together bald women through supportive lunch events.
Well, lives of celebrities are all about their looks. And, as you can see, sometimes bald can look cute, cool and cunning.