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Hair Loss S.O.S. Part 1

Hair Loss 101

I once read: “hair growth is like a garden, how well it grows depends on what’s underground”.

 

FACT: Your scalp is home to about 100,000 strands of hair.

Each one of them has its own life cycle. Like a plant, see? I told you.

 

To be honest, I usually link hair loss to men and not women. Or that’s what I used to do until my mom confessed to me she was having trouble dealing with hair loss. And not too long after that, I found a famous influencer from Montreal struggling with hair thinning as well…and she is my age!

There is really not a big difference in terms of gender. Most women start experiencing hair loss around their 50´s, but there are also thousands of younger women losing their hair nowadays.

 

FACT: Most of us lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair each day.

Oh, and on washing days you are supposed to lose up to 250 strands of hair. This doesn’t mean avoid washing just to keep your hair from falling out…because it will, eventually.

 

The 5 most common reasons for hair loss are:

1. Excess styling.

Very tight ponytails or styles can cause your scalp to irritate and your hair to fall. Even hair styling products that may contain chemicals will damage the scalp and cause the hair shaft to break, and your hair will start thining. Rock a relaxed hairstyle once in a while and look for products that are free of sulfates or any hard chemicals.

2. Medication.

From birth control to cancer treatments (chemo) all of these can take a toll on your hair. Some other drugs that mess up hair growth are blood thinners and medicines that treat high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. Damage is not permanent though, once treatment is finished hair grows back.

3. Important weight loss.

If you are lacking certain nutrients, like iron, protein, and vitamin B, which are essential in the production of keratin, get ready to lose more than a pound but also some locks.

4. A thyroid imbalance.

This is one of the most common reasons for “unexplainable hair loss” This is an autoimmune disease and it’s occasionally associated with alopecia areata, which causes hair to fall out in big patches. Your own immune system is attacking healthy hair follicles BY MISTAKE. Damage isn’t permanent and corticosteroids can help regrow hair for women with alopecia areata. ATTENTION! See a doctor if you have this problem.

5. A traumatic event…

that causes stress can make women go through telogen effluvium, a temporary shedding because of nutritional deficiencies or hormonal changes. If hair falls out in clumps, better nutrition and lots of rest are your two best allies.

 

FACT: Hair grows about six inches a year…for most people. 

 

I think it’s safe to say that for EVERYONE hair loss is a difficult experience, but it’s inevitable as we age, and it’s ok to try to slow down or reverse this process. The real question is…

 

Can I grow my hair back?

Good news. Yes! There are treatments for temporary and even permanent hair loss. Some of the most common options are:

  • Medication.*
  • Surgical treatments.*
  • Natural solutions.

These are all helpful and targeted to specific problems, but our expertise lies in natural cures and ingredients you should use more to come later, ’till next time,

Lucía.

*Don’t take any medication without a prescription.

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