Your hair is part of what makes you…YOU.
So, when you first start to notice the signs of hair loss, it can be disillusioning, to say the least. But, it’s important to know that you’re not alone in the struggle.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of American men will experience some form of hair loss by the age of 35. And, it’s not only men who suffer, women actually make up 40% of hair loss sufferers in the US.
Now, people tend to panic at the first sign of hair loss, but it may not be as serious as it seems. It’s possible that the hair fall-out is simply your natural shedding routine. Or, perhaps there is some external cause stunting your hair growth.
If you’re experiencing more hair loss than normal, it’s important to get to the root of the issue. In the battle against hair loss, the first steps you should take are to:
- Properly identify your hair loss symptoms.
- Figure out which of the types of hair loss you are experiencing.
- Accurately diagnose you hair loss causes.
- Make an appropriate plan of action for hair loss prevention.
We want to help you look at hair loss from an informed perspective, not a helpless one. Taking care of your body is the first and best way to healthier, stronger, fuller hair.
And remember, no matter how much hair you lose, it’s never a lost cause.
Hair Loss Symptoms
Each person’s hair journey is different depending on a wide variety of factors. The manifestation of your own personal brand of hair loss can signify what may be causing your hair to fall out.
Hair loss can begin at a gradual or rapid pace, and affect either hair over your entire body or remain concentrated on your scalp. So, first you need to take a good look at your hair, identify your hair loss symptoms as well as the timeline of your hair loss.
Some common signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:
- Gradual Thinning On Top
This gradual loss of hair is the most prevalent symptom of hair loss, and it affects both women and men when aging. For men, it begins with the hair receding from the forehead in an “M” shape. For women, the hairline is less affected. Usually, hair loss in women begins with the broadening of their natural hair-part.
- Diffuse Thinning
Not all balding begins with the hairline. Some people may experience “diffuse thinning,” which is a thinning over the entire scalp, or specific areas like the crown. This type of baldness usually begins in the back, not the hairline.
- Bald, Circular or Patchy Spots
Some people experience hair loss in the shape of bare, patchy, coin-sized spots on the scalp. It can also affect facial hair, including the eyebrows. In certain cases, before the hair falls out, the balding area may be itchy or painful.
- Sudden Loss of Hair.
In extreme cases of shock, trauma or illness, some people may lose handfuls of hair at a time, or hair may come out extremely easily when washing or brushing. This type of hair loss affects the overall hair, rather than taking the form of isolated patchy, or balding spots.
Types of Hair Loss
Once you’ve identified your hair loss symptoms, you can determine which type of hair loss you’re experiencing.
It also helps to better understand the natural hair-growth process in general. If you need help identifying your type of hair loss, first read up on The Science Behind Hair Growth.
There are many varieties of hair loss, some more serious than others. The pathway to healthy hair includes figuring out which specific type of hair loss you are experiencing.
Some common types of hair loss include:
- Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia is also known as male or female pattern baldness. This is the most prevalent type of hair loss, affecting over 80 million people in the United States alone. It’s a progressive, hereditary type of hair loss that renders the hair follicles useless or dead, preventing any hair growth.
- Androgenetic Alopecia Hair Loss in Men
For men, this condition usually begins with a receding hairline or thinning at the crown. It can start as early as puberty and can progress over the course of decades.
- Androgenetic Alopecia Hair Loss in Women
Androgenetic alopecia in women doesn’t always follow a definable pattern. Sometimes patchy hair loss, a widening of the part, or overall thinning may occur.
- Involutional Alopecia
After androgenetic alopecia, this is the second most common type of hair loss. It’s a natural condition in which hair slowly thins due to aging. As we grow older, more and more hair follicles enter the resting phase (or the telogen phase) of the hair cycle, and no longer produce new hair strands. This results in fewer hairs on the scalp, causing your hair to appear thinner and shorter.
- Telogen Effluvium
As opposed to the hair follicles gradually ageing into the resting phase, Telogen Effluvium is when over 20% of all hair suddenly goes into the telogen phase. The premature push of hair follicles into a resting state results in diffuse thinning across the entire scalp. Fortunately, for many cases, it is only temporary and can be reversed in time.
- Alopecia Areata
This type of hair loss is an autoimmune condition that affects men and women, usually starting in childhood. It’s when the immune system mistakes the hair follicles as a threat and attacks it, causing hair loss. However, in about 90% of alopecia areata cases, the hair returns within a few years.
It also comes in varying degrees. General alopecia areata is the most common, and takes the shape of one or more round bald patches. Alopecia totalis is the complete loss of hair on the scalp. And, alopecia universalis is the most advanced form, resulting in complete hair loss on the head and body.
- Anagen Effluvium
This is sudden hair loss while the strands are in the growing phase (or anagen phase) of the hair cycle. Exposure to radiation and toxins are the cause, however, the hair loss is reversible, and usually hair returns within 1-3 months.
- Scarring Alopecia
Certain inflammatory skin conditions (such as cellulitis, folliculitis and acne) and skin disorders can result in permanent hair loss. The resulting scars destroy the follicle’s ability to regenerate hair.
- Traction Alopecia
Hair follicles are also damaged by constant pulling or tension over time. Traction alopecia hair loss occurs due to constantly wearing of tight ponytails, braids or buns, typically damaging the follicles around the hairline or temple and stunting hair growth.
- Trichorrhexis Nodosa
Weak points, or nodes, can form along the hair shaft, resulting in trichorrhexis nodosa. These weak points cause hair to easily break and give hair a thin, patchy appearance. Overuse of chemicals and harsh styling practices can contribute to this condition, as well as underlying medical disorders, including lack of iron, thyroid problems or ammonia buildup in the body.
Hair Loss Causes
The many causes of hair loss differ for each person. Some causes may be external, while others may be serious medical conditions. There may even be more than one main cause for sudden hair loss.
These are a few of the top factors that can cause premature hair loss:
As discussed above, baldness caused by androgenetic alopecia is often hereditary. If your immediate family has a history of hair loss, it’s likely you will too. These inherited hair follicles are susceptible to the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone. This hormone minimizes hair follicles over time, causing the scalp to cease producing normal strands.
- Extreme Stress
Physical and mental stress due to continued hard labor, illness, drastic weight loss, and other intense stressors on the body can cause exhaustion and dehydration. This extreme tole on the body results in weak, under nourished hair follicles, leading to rapid and sudden hair loss, and can be identified as telogen effluvium type of hair loss.
Hormonal fluctuations in the body heighten hair follicle sensitivity, weakening hair roots, causing excess hair loss. Conditions such as Hyper/Hypothyroidism, Menopause, pregnancy, and ovarian cysts mess with your body’s hormonal balance, eventually leading to hair loss.
- Medication, Surgery & Treatments
A side effect to some medications, surgery and treatments is the damaging of hair follicles and rapid hair loss. Steroids and chemotherapy, as well as prescriptions for heart disease, typhoid and depression are notorious for their ability to cause extreme hair loss, including full baldness. However, as with most cases of anagen effluvium hair loss, once the body has healed, the hair tends to return. Though there still is a risk of permanent damage to the hair follicle.
- Iron Deficiency, Anemia, And Blood Loss
Low levels of red blood cells, a rapid and sudden loss of blood, or an iron deficiency in the body can leave you feeling weak and fatigued, but it also causes extreme hair loss. Red blood cells and iron are crucial for the creation of hair. The follicle relies on these ingredients to grow healthy, strong hair.
When it comes to the health of your hair, what goes in your body is just as important as what goes on your hair. Without a sufficient intake of nutrients, your body becomes malnourished and dehydrated. An unhealthy and unbalanced diet leads to scalp dehydration and excessive hair loss.
Hair Loss Prevention
Now that you’ve properly identified your hair loss symptoms, types, and causes, you can begin to take steps to prevent further hair loss.
Because of the many varieties of hair loss, there is no single known hair loss cure. So, it’s important for you to discover for yourself how to stop hair loss and regrow hair naturally.
Hair growth is a hard subject to tackle. There are plenty of myths, risks and false claims when it comes to some hair growth products and remedies out there. For a more in depth analysis on the subject, read How NOT to Regrow Your Hair.
Since we’ve already debunked some hair growth myths, now we want to talk about some hair loss prevention truths:
Since we’ve already debunked some hair growth myths, now we want to talk about some hair loss prevention truths:
- Get The Correct Diagnosis
The first step to hair loss prevention is correctly diagnosing the problem. All the best products in the world won’t help if they don’t address the core issue of your hair loss.
Hopefully this blog has helped you know your own hair better, so you can provide your body with the help it needs to grow strong and healthy hair. And, don’t hesitate to consult a physician if you believe your hair loss is due to a deeper underlying medical issue.
- Brush Your Hair the Right Way
If you’re already experiencing hair loss, brushing your hair can be a delicate dance. Improperly brushing your hair can cause breakage, and make already thinning hair appear even more frail and wispy.
Using the right kind of comb can actually help combat hair loss. Always comb your hair dry, not wet, as your hair is most susceptible to breakage when wet. A wide-tooth, wooden comb is best when untangling, and a regular brush does the trick after all the tangles are gone.
- Wash Your Hair Enough, But Not TOO Much
It’s always wise to wash thinning hair once every three days, using a gentle shampoo or cleanser. The goal is to get rid of all the accumulated dirt, bacteria and oil that builds up on the scalp and clogs the follicles, resulting in hair fall.
However, you don’t want to over-wash either. Washing more than three times a week can strip your scalp of healthy, natural oils that actually assist in healthy hair growth.
Because stress contributes to hair loss, healthy physical activity is a well known way to find relief from stress, and prevent further shedding through regular exercise. Yoga is an excellent way to calm your mind, which can help curb hair loss. There’s even specific yoga poses and exercises designed around reducing hair loss!
- Eat Healthy
As soon as you notice your hair is falling out, evaluate your diet. Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, rich in vitamins, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and Iron will help keep your hair at it’s most healthy.
Often hair loss is a result of a vitamin/mineral deficiency. Including these essential elements in your diet will nourish your hair, leading to fewer split ends and breakage. Undernourished hair can appear much shorter and thinner than it may actually be.
Increase your intake of veggies and fruits, and avoid fatty, sugary, and carb-rich foods. And don’t forget to hydrate! Limp, lifeless hair can be transformed simply by drinking more water. So, flush those harmful toxins from your body, and drink up!
- Take Hair Supplements
There are many supplements out there that help curb hair loss and thicken hair, though they do not actually stimulate hair growth. Since hair loss can be caused by a vitamin deficiency, often taking supplements to make up for that deficiency helps hair grow healthier. It’s always wise to speak to a nutritionist or physician about your vitamin regimen if you are experiencing hair loss.
- Be Kind to Your Hair
If you are noticing more hair loss than normal, or find you hair is not growing at its usual rate, the problem could be that you aren’t treating your hair kindly. Frequent chemical treatments, excessive heat styling and coloring damages your hair and scalp, which leads to hair loss. If you notice these things taking a toll on your hair, give your scalp a break and lay off the damaging habits for awhile. Avoid wearing tight braids and ponytails everyday, and let your hair breathe. It will pay off in the long run.
- Choose Hair Products Wisely
Using shampoos that are silicone, sulfate and paraben free are an excellent defense against hair loss. Overloading your scalp with harsh chemicals causes damage and ultimately leaves your hair brittle and prone to breakage. The more damaged your hair, the more you risk losing it. So, control the situation by using healthy organic products. Your body deserves it.
- Keep Your Scalp Happy
If you are prone to an overly dry or oily scalp, it’s important to address these issues if you want to prevent further hair loss. The health of your scalp is directly correlated to hair growth, so keeping the follicles functioning at their best is a sure way to stop hair loss in its tracks.
CRIA For Hair Loss Prevention
If you are experiencing hair loss, it may feel out of control on certain days. You can’t change the genes you were born with, or reverse the aging process.
But, that’s not where your hair journey ends.
Whether your hair loss is due to age, genes, stress, sickness, malnutrition, damaged follicles or something entirely different than what was mentioned in this blog, healthier hair is within your grasp.
No matter what you are going through in life, giving your hair, scalp, and body all the essential nutrients will lead to great hair. You can create the right environment for rejuvenating your hair with CRIA.
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Taking measures to prevent hair loss may seem daunting at first. So, why not start with CRIA? It’s all natural, organic ingredients will help your hair thrive.