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Each one of us notices hair shedding or hair loss, as we age. This typically begins in our 20s and 30s, although women, in particular, may observe these changes after menopause or childbirth as well.
Hair loss and shedding can be devastating occurrences. While most hair shedding is normal (50-100 hairs each day), excessive hair shedding is certainly a valid cause for concern. Excessive or chronic hair loss (over 100 strands), over a course of several weeks, is an indication of hair shedding.
Hair loss tendencies may be inherited from both sides of the family. This genetic disposition manifests as thinning of the hair and often progresses to complete hair loss on parts of the scalp. The most obvious signs are in the form of hairs on the pillow, in the tub or on the comb. Besides genetics, styling methods and health status also play a role in hair shedding.
Hormonal changes during and after childbirth impact the hair follicles and throttle the ability of hair to grow. This causes the hair to shed, made only worse by the fact that hair also loses its ability to grow as per its normal cycles.
2. Styling products
Products that are not based on natural ingredients, can be hard on the hair and can strip it of necessary oils. A number of hair products are full of toxic chemicals, drying agents, and sulfates, causing your hair to break and lose its strength over time.
You could start adopting a few tips to keep the hair healthy and strong so that you can slow the shedding:
1. Dietary protein
Consuming the right nutrients will help with making your hair supple and healthy. Biotin and folic acid are known to improve the length and thickness of hair. Foods such as walnuts and brown rice are full of biotin and they metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, thereby strengthening both the hair.
2. Be gentle
Try avoiding brushing your hair as soon as you get out of the shower, as wet hair is susceptible to breakage. Handle your hair gently when it comes to drying using a towel. Twisting and wringing can break hair strands. You could also consider avoiding tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns or ponytails.
3. Go easy on the heat
The extreme heat generated by hairstyling tools can cause the hair to break and become frayed. Try using a heat protectant before blow-drying, curling, or straightening your hair to avoid hair damage and the development of split ends.
So ladies, be mindful of signs of hair shedding and take corrective measures at the earliest, to mitigate damage to your hair.