Our hair is our crowning glory and it is the one feature that most people notice first. Apart from our smiles of course. That being said, a common problem that most men and women are facing today is excessive hair shedding. This could be due to various reasons like stress from work, hereditary predispositions, our hair care and even foods we eat. All these reasons contribute to the well being or the health of our hair.
On average, a normal person sheds up to 100 hairs daily. If you notice that you are shedding more hair than normal, you may have a condition known as ‘telogen effluvium’. Many people who have undergone the following experiences may face excessive hair shedding. If you have recently lost a lot of weight, like losing over 20 pounds, given birth, undergone a surgery or operation or have experienced a lot of stress due to a loved one’s death, divorce or job loss – you could be noticing an increase in hair shedding. Even something as simple as stopping your birth control pills, infections or recovering from an illness or a high fever could trigger excessive hair shedding.
The Difference Between Hair Shedding and Hair Loss
There is a difference between hair shedding and hair loss. Our hair goes through a growth period and a rest period. After a period of time which can range from 2 – 8 years, our hair ‘sheds’ itself and a new hair grows in the hair follicle. As time passes, less hair grows back so you may notice that your hair looks thinner as you age. The average age for a person to notice thinning hair is 30.
Now, the difference between the two is that hair loss occurs when something prevents your hair from growing. If you are facing hair loss, you should determine what is causing it to happen. This could range from certain drugs you may be taking, tight hairstyles, hereditary reasons and more. Certain treatments like radiation and chemotherapy cause your hair to fall, but once the treatment is over, your hair will likely begin growing back.
How to Avoid Hair Shedding
You should be careful on the types of hairstyles you adopt. Try to leave your hair hanging loose as much as you can as this lessens the amount of pressure your hair undergoes.
If you tie your hair tight in a ponytail constantly, your hair strands face constant pressure that can lead to hair breakage. While these seem like simple solutions for controlling hair shedding, just following these tips can help make a difference in the amount of hair strands you see on your pillow or after brushing
If you still see noticeable hair shedding after following these steps, you may need to consult a doctor. You may even require treatment for your problem, which a dermatologist may be best able to help you with. The hereditary hair loss gene can be inherited and this may cause the gradual thinning you may notice. If you are very concerned about the health of your hair, do consult a professional to pinpoint the exact cause.