Entering 2021 – Identifying Your Hair Loss the Problem
Noticing the Loss
The very first step to identifying the cause of your hair loss is to notice that it’s actually become a problem.
Many people use the terms hair loss and hair shedding interchangeably, but there’s a greater difference between them than you may realise.
Some people may say that they lose a lot of hair or they’re ‘malting like a dog’. But they might not realise that it’s become a genuine problem.
So, you must notice that you’re shedding or losing more than the average amount to determine whether your hair loss is a problem – since we lose around 100 strands a day normally, and that’s natural.
It can also be beneficial for you to understand whether your hair is fine or thin since this can impact your decision on the best way to improve its appearance.
If you’re unsure about your hair type, check out our fine VS thin hair blog first to understand the difference between them.
Determining Loss Type
Various types of loss are associated with different causes. So, it’s vital to understand what you’re experiencing to efficiently enable you to determine the cause.
For example, the most common loss type that is associated with stress or trauma is telogen effluvium.
Other types of hair loss include alopecia areata, traction alopecia, and anagen effluvium.
Another form is androgenetic alopecia, which is a loss-type associated with genetics. You can read more about the link between the two in our blog discussing hair type and genetics.
For more information on the other forms of loss, including how they occur, visit the hair loss in women blog available on our site.
This blog also delves into more information on identifying causes – as seen in the following paragraph.
It would be almost impossible to discuss every possible cause of hair, and it’s often difficult to narrow loss down to one specific one alone.
Noticing the symptoms of hair loss, as well as the type occurring, is another essential way to determine the potential cause .
One of the most common causes is stress. This cause can be both direct and indirect.
Any form of extreme shock or trauma to the body can result in hair loss.
So, mental stress is a prime cause. However, many others (such as specific medical causes or physical traumas) can push the body into shock – causing the same result.
Look at the three most common causes of thinning hair for a brief overview of some of the top ones, then delve into our range of medical fact blogs for more details on specific medical causes.
Our medical blogs cover everything from mental illnesses such as depression and trichotillomania, to medical issues such as thyroid conditions and cancer, to other medical influences such as pregnancy and menopause.
External factors relating to medical conditions or stress can also cause hair loss.
For example, traction alopecia can get caused by excessive pulling or friction to the scalp. This friction can be a result of any number of things, including consistently wearing tight hairstyles.
Furthermore, overprocessing through using bleach, chemical processes, or heat can damage the hair and cause it to fall out at the root or snap along the shaft.
For some types of hair loss, preventing it is possible.
To see how you can assist in preventing thinning and loss, check out our top five tips .
In addition to this, why not check out our recipes for promoting healthy hair
Even if you’re unable to prevent loss or thinning completely, you could potentially reduce the degree of severity.
A small difference is better than none at all!
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