Every brushed your hair and then gasped in horror at the amount of hair you see in the brush? Many of us get startled by the amount of hair in our hairbrushes, but in reality, most of us have absolutely nothing to worry about. The average person loses about 100 hairs per day. These hairs grow back, and with constant hair loss and regrowth, daily shedding isn’t noticeable at all.
However, when these hairs do not grow back, or when a person experiences shedding that far exceeds 100 hairs per day, they are believed to be experiencing hair loss.
Earlier this year, John Hopkins Medicine reported that almost half of African women experience hair loss at some point in their lives. This is a staggering statistic, which has led to a lot of research and investigation as to why hair loss is so prevalent.
There are various reasons as to why you may suffer from hair loss … some are more complicated to treat than others.
Genetics Certain types of hair loss is genetic, and unfortunately there is very little (or nothing) that can be done about it. This is commonly known as alopecia areata and female pattern hair loss.
Lifestyle Did you know that stress and an unhealthy diet can lead to hair loss? Many women report experiencing hair loss during severely stressful periods of their lives. Luckily, in most cases, hair grows back after the stressful period ends. Many illnesses and medical conditions can also lead to hair loss.
Tension hairstyles Have you heard of the term ‘traction alopecia’? Traction alopecia refers to a type of hair loss that occurs when the hair is repeatedly pulled at. This can result from high-tension hairstyles such as braids and dreadlocks, and is also prevalent among women who use chemicals to treat or straighten their hair. The South African Hair Foundation explains: Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by tight braiding or pulling on the hair, and is temporary if the traction is short term but becomes permanent with prolonged trauma. Usually the situation that we see is a bald area at the very front of the hairline, and this is commonly seen in African woman where the hair has been tightly braided. The chronic pulling of the hair associated with high tension hairstyles may cause too much tension and traction on the hair follicles, which may cause them to permanently dislodge from the scalp.
While there are some instances in which medical intervention may be necessary, there are many things that can be done to avoid hair loss from happening, and to help hair grow back.
Lead a healthy lifestyle A healthy lifestyle is essential for a healthy body that functions optimally. Low levels of iron and vitamin D may contribute to hair loss, so it’s important to maintain sufficient levels of those nutrients, even if by means of supplementation. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid processed foods as much as possible.
Reconsider your hairstyle If you wear your hair in a high tension style, it might be time to reconsider. Ask your hairstylist to create looser braids or dreads to prevent traction alopecia, and try to remove your braids every couple of months and alternate them with other styles. Minimise heat styling and if you want to relax your hair, make sure that this treatment is done by a professional. If you start to experience hair loss, avoid relaxers completely.
Invest in a healthy hair care routine Using the right hair care products go a long way in assisting a healthy scalp and hair growth as well as strengthening the hair. When selecting your hair care products, be sure to find treatments that not only protect and nourish your hair, but also your scalp.
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