Before getting too worried about losing your hair, be aware that it’s absolutely normal to lose 100 strands a day while losing 250 strands when washing your hair is also normal. If there is a bigger hair loss concern, then this article will reveal it. You’ll also get a list of some healthy foods that you can eat and things that you can do in order to avoid hair loss all together. Over 21 million women in the United States experience hair loss – It’s common – but you don’t have to be a part of the statistic (any longer).
For one, women around this age develop excessive dihydrotestosterone (DTH). This hormone is made from a specific enzyme in the body called, 5-alpha-reductase that causes the hair to thin and causes some follicles to fall out. You can reduce DHT levels by eating diets with more alkaline: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Try to cut down on highly acidic foods: simple carbs and soda and dairy, as these foods have a negative effect hair. And stay away from the alcohol as well.
Secondly, shampoo ingredients such as, sodium lauryl sulfate. This surfactant chemical has a history of negatively affecting hair growth. How? Because of the natural hair cycle that causes hair to shed, this process gives the sodium lauryl sulfate a chance to enter into open and exposed follicles, the harming and irritating properties of the surfactant will completely kill the follicles and disallow them to ever grow back. It makes matters worse for women with thinner hair due to age. The simple solution to this problem is to stop using shampoos that contain this hair harmful chemical. Try organic shampoos.
Thirdly, it’s common throughout life to experience many difficult circumstances that can cause a lot of stress: bills, the kids, or your job for instance. And because of the burden, you lose more hair than normal. The solution to the problem is to talk to yourself positively, do some stress relief exercises: art, sports, listening to music, walking, yoga, etc. or just break down the big problems into smaller ones.
Fourthly, excessive weight loss can trigger hair loss about 6-12 weeks after a substantial drop in bodyweight. This is because the body is not taking in enough protein. When losing weight, the body sometimes fails to get enough protein and it has to decide what to do with the little it has. And because you can survive without hair, it gets the leftovers. The solution to this problem is to get at least 46 grams of protein a day.
Lastly, nutritional deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is a huge hair loss causer. Getting enough sun, keeping your weight down and consuming foods and drinks that are rich in Vitamin D can help keep your head full of hair. Deficiencies in copper, zinc, and lysine will cause hair loss as well, so can a lack of sufficient protein in your diet.
Hair loss can be tricky, but if you are unsure as to why you’re losing your hair, please see a hair doctor before going crazy. One other reason is that hair loss is hereditary. It could have been passed down from a grandmother or father. It just might have skipped your parents, but your grandfather and his mother both started to lose their hair at 35. Always practice eating healthy and watch what you apply to your hair.