Few things feel worse than combing/brushing your hair and seeing a ton of it left behind in the comb/ brush...and on the floor...and stuck to the walls of the shower...and lining the drain of the sink…
First of all, relax. The average person really does shed between 60 to 100 hairs a day. But if you feel like you’re shedding more lately, there may be something else behind your hair loss. Below are symptoms of hair that has “not been abused” because let’s face it we do sometimes abuse our hair and expect it to continue to look good - NO!!! Instead your hair will loose all life if you don’t take care of it.
Are you over-processing your hair with relaxer cream? Do you have an intimately close relationship with your flat iron and hair dryer? Or are you devoted to hair colour? Harsh products and styling tools can all be too much, especially if you’re layering treatments and styling on top of already fried hair. This can cause hair to actually break off. The tell-tale sign of this kind of damage is finding pieces of hair missing the root or that aren’t as long as your other strands.
The fix: Now’s the time to learn how to go with the flow... of your more natural hair texture and color, that is. Use a gentler sulfate-free shampoo that cleanses without further drying out your zapped hair with caustic detergent, and lay off the hot tools and tense hairstyles (like high ponytails and tight braids) to help give hair a chance to rehab. From time to time, give your hair a break and not do anything to it other than treating and nourishing it.
Both hypothyroidism (insufficient thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can lead to sudden hair loss that you may also notice in other areas like your eyebrows. Basically, when your thyroid is out of whack, it can mess with the hormones responsible for hair growth. So hair sheds naturally but is not replaced by new growth.
The fix: Once you successfully treat the condition (for Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism) hair usually grows back. You can help it along with healthy habits that help power hair growth, including eating enough protein-rich foods like lean chicken, Greek yogurt, and nuts.
Is work the last place you want to be lately? Did you just go through a breakup? Have you been sick and your body is just out of whack? All of these situations create stress on the body, leading to a condition known as “shock hair loss,” a.k.a. telogen effluvium.
The bad news is this can take anywhere from weeks to several months to stop—the key is the source of stress must be identified & healed—but the good news is that it’ll fix itself once the stress is over.
Thanks to all the hormonal fluctuations, being a new mom is a major time for hair loss. While you’re pregnant, your estrogen levels skyrocket, leading to a surge in hair growth. But then those levels drop way down a few months after you give birth, forcing more hair than normal to shift into the “resting” rather than the “growth” phase—leading to lots of hair loss.
The fix: The good news is that hair should begin to grow back on its own three to four months after you have your baby.
Another cause can be Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which messes up your hormone levels and pumps out too much testosterone. Other PCOS symptoms include weight gain, severe acne, skipped periods, trouble conceiving, and excessive body hair.
The fix: If you suspect you have PCOS, you’ll need to see your Doctor/ Gynae for treatment. After ruling out other issues (since there isn’t a test for PCOS), they’ll likely prescribe you hormonal birth control to balance out your hormones, along with a diabetes medication called metformin to regulate your insulin. Treatment should help restore your hair.
Dreadlocks (my own hair) ...loved them dearly but the truth is it was not the ideal hairdo for a runner like myself. Added to that, with all the styling, my hairline was starting to get compromised! So opted for the tough route - start all over again GO Bald "CHISKOP" .
What a Stress-Free hairdo...it's get up and go!!! But I missed having hair, so I started growing it all over again.
Now I'm learning about my natural hair #MyLittleAfro. It's such a wonderful experience, just getting to understand what my hair needs to be healthy. I'm absolutely in love with this look, it suits my active lifestyle and easy to manage.
Personally, I’ve put my hair through a lot and quiet frankly it was out of sheer ignorance. For the longest time having straight hair was the best thing ever so for me it meant putting chemicals over and over again - DISASTER!!!!! Later in life I came to my own and learnt to appreciate my natural self. I started growing my natural hair then later grew dreadlocks. I loved my dreadlocks but being an active person I found that the hairdo didn’t work for me. Added to this, all the pulling while styling my dreadlocks compromised my hairline so I simply decided to start all over again - go BALD “Chiskop”. It is at this point that I started learning about my natural hair and doing right by it…it’s still a journey but I’m enjoying every step of the way. I now appreciate & respect my natural hair more than ever.