Hair everywhere?

Hair everywhere?

Sudeep Nadukkandy

Hair everywhere?

In the drain, on the floor, on your pillow, in your brush?


You aren’t alone - excessive shedding and premature hair loss is fast becoming a lifestyle disease. True, it may not be entirely fair to blame it all on lifestyle - but poor nutrition, pollution & water quality, as well as genetics, are common contributors for hair fall in men & women alike. 

Here are the top reasons and some simple solutions.

 

Hereditary hair loss: Genetics & age plays a huge role in determining hair loss or baldness. If your parents and grandparents suffered hair loss, then your hair loss too will begin around the same time as that of your parent who you inherited the gene from. Both men and women develop this type of hair loss, which is the most common cause of hair loss worldwide. In women, the first noticeable sign of hereditary hair loss is usually overall thinning or a widening parting. For a man the first sign is often a receding hairline or bald spot at the top of his head. There are remedies and treatments to slow this process down. However once the hair is lost it is unlikely that it will grow back so it is advisable that one consult a dermatologist at early stages of the hair loss. The only other option is hair transplants or hair weaving which are expensive and painful.

However, studies have shown that it is possible to delay the onset if you take good care of your nutrition and try and reduce exposure to pollution & contaminants.

Hard water: Hard water & Chlorine, that are commonly present in our tap water are extremely harmful to your hair health as it deposits on, and blocks the pores on your skin & scalp preventing them from absorbing the right hydration and nutrition - causing dryness, damage, breakage and eventual hair loss. The solution to this, is to change your water. Bathing in filtered/drinking water is not practical. Instead, invest in a hard water treatment solution like a Shower & tap filter. Clean water is critical to your hair care regime and can play a huge role in controlling your hair fall issue.


Nutrition & hydration: Diet, nutrition & water - easiest way to get fantastic results for your hair & skin health.

If you’re not getting enough biotin, iron, protein or zinc in your diet or via supplements you will suffer from noticeable hair loss. It is important to have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Besides drinking water, your hair also absorbs hydration and nutrition from the air and from the water used to wash your hair. If you spend hours in air conditioned rooms or live in a location with very dry climate, this too could affect the health of your hair. As previously discussed, Water - plays a huge role in hair health. Hard water & Chlorine cause dryness, damage, breakage and eventual hair loss. However, this hair loss can be controlled. Eat a well balanced meal, drink plenty of water and ensure the water you use to wash your hair is clean and void of contaminants like Chlorine or Hard water salts and other sediments. 


So the good news is, Hair fall is not always permanent and can be controlled or at least delayed to an extent. Paying heed to nutrition, hydration, water quality, stress, hair care routines and reduce hair loss and delay your hair fall.



Article 2: Excessive Hair Fall?


It’s not always permanent and there are solutions. It’s true, hair loss due to genetics or age might be hard to control, but let’s look at the causes of hair loss that we can control and that can delay the occurrence of hair loss or balding.


Hair treatments & hair styles: Harsh treatments like frequent coloring, bleaching, perming, straightening as well as hair styles and combing habits that pull at the hair could cause permanent hair loss as it damages the follicles. Once you damage a hair follicle, hair cannot grow from that follicle. The only remedy is to care for your hair better, reduce the frequency of harsh treatments and change your hair style and comb pattern. Combing the hair backwards damage to the delicate hair along your forehead and temple. Even your shampooing and towel drying style could contribute to your har health. Being gentle with your hair, can go a long way in reducing hair damage and hair fall.


Stress & Sleep: Stress is usually accompanied by hair loss. It could be daily stress in your work or relationships or during a stressful time in your life, such as a divorce or death of a loved one. If the stress stops, your body will readjust and the excessive shedding will stop, and within a year the hair should grow back. Inadequate sleep, a change in sleep cycles or unhealthy sleep habits, affects hair health considerably. If you pay attention closely you will notice that your sleep and hair loss are inter-connected. A not so common term is “jet-lag hair fall”. The stress of travel and the lack of sleep contributes to an increase in hair loss. This is not permanent and can be kept in check if you make an effort to rest well and have good sleep habits.


Hard water & Pollution: Hard water & Chlorine, that are commonly present in our tap water are extremely harmful to your hair health as it deposits on, and blocks the pores on your skin & scalp preventing them from absorbing the right hydration and nutrition - causing dryness, damage, breakage and eventual hair loss. The solution to this, is to change your water. Invest in a Shower & tap filter. Clean water is critical to your hair care regime and can play a huge role in controlling your hair fall issue.

Prevent damage from air pollution try keeping your hair covered with a hat or scarf when exposed to dust, sun and unhealthy environments. 


Most contributors of hair fall are not permanent and can be addressed with small lifestyle changes. Eat well, sleep well, hydrate, de-stress, invest in good hair care products such as serums, water filters or softeners and tackle your hair loss problem!