'I'm Losing My Hair!' - Reasons Why Explained

Hair evokes femininity, fertility and health. To lose hair can be a very destabilising and devastating experience. It is common to feel a loss of self-esteem and confidence. Hair loss isn't as rare as you may think and the reasons are many.

If you are noticing hair loss, educate yourself on some of the key causes.

Nutritional Deficiencies
Without optimum health, our bodies are unable to function appropriately. Sensible nutrition is absolutely essential and the impact on hair is vital. As many women clamour to lose weight using dangerous methods, nutrition tends to fall by the wayside and the body goes into a state of shock. Often, it responds to this shock by shedding hair.

Hair loss is often triggered by deficiencies in biotin, protein, iron and zinc. Eating a nutritionally bleak diet and rapid weight loss can cause severe repercussions for your hair. To combat this, ensure that you eat a well rounded diet incorporating plenty of lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, oats, eggs and oily fish. If you are in the process of losing weight, ensure that you do so sensibly. Bin faddy diets and quick fixes. Up your exercise and aim to lose 2lb per week at the most.

Hormonal Changes
Hormones are responsible for all manner of ills. We thought we could get away with blaming them for teenage acne only! The body goes through multiple changes as it progresses across its lifespan. Whether you are hitting puberty, menstruating, starting the menopause or falling pregnant, your hair can bare the brunt of such fluctuations. If this is posing concerns, consult your doctor.

The Ageing Process
The ageing process brings with it a great many changes, one of which is thinning hair and increased hair loss. Over time, hair follicles start to diminish and we sprout fewer hairs on our heads. The rate of this depends very much on your genes. Some people lose more hair and at an earlier age than others. You can stills safeguard against this process by ensuring that you treat your hair well and eat a nutritionally dense diet.

Stress impacts not only on our emotional and mental wellbeing but also on our physical health. Chronic, or long-term stress, is especially damaging. Stress produces cortisol which unleashes free radicals into the body. Free radicals are responsible for damage and wear and tear. Stress also boosts testosterone levels which interrupt the hairs growth cycle. It also prevents oxygen and nutrients from penetrating into the hair follicle which can slow growth.

Many people feel stressed these days so it is very important to take a long and hard look at your lifestyle to see if any changes can be made. Popular therapies for stress include journaling, exercise, meditation, yoga and counselling but there are endless options. Simply curling up with a book or a glass of red wine can be helpful strategies.

Medications list many side effects and a common side effect of many prescribed medications is hair loss. This can either be a temporary setback or a more permanent effect. The contraceptive pill lists hair loss as a potential side effect as do many others. If you have concerns about this, particularly if you are someone who needs to take a long course of medication, consult your GP and see if there are alternatives. It may be possible to see whether or not you are predisposed to this symptom and your GP can help you weight up the pros and cons.

Alopecia is a condition in which a person loses all (or most of) their hair including eyelashes, eyebrows and bodily hair. Alopecia can be genetic but it can also be triggered by medications. Expert are still unsure exactly what causes Alopecia and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation reports that 6.6 million people in America are affected. Alopecia can be managed with the use of wigs and many turn to treatments with varying levels of success.