while you’re brushing through it, while you’re washing your hair or while you’re blow drying it and it’s completely normal. That’s just hair going through its cycles, and there will be new ones to replace it. But when the bathroom drain begin to clog, your brush gets filled with hair strands or just using your fingertips to comb your hair can result in hair loss, it may begin to get stressful. That’s when you begin to wonder “Is this normal or should I be worried?”
WHERE’S THE LINE BETWEEN NORMAL HAIR LOSS AND AN INDICATION OF ANOTHER ISSUE?
It is normal to lose hair through our daily hair care, but what amount is normal and how much is excessive varies from person to person. Losing 150 strands of hair may be normal for one person, but could be considered excessive for another; it really depends on how dense your hair is. But just to give you a rough guideline, on average, people lose about 50 to 100 head hair a day. The best way to tell is to compare your routine loss, and see if it’s different now, if it’s the same and close to the average then it is totally normal and there’s no reason to worry. These get replaced and grow back in the same follicle on your head. If you’re losing more than that, then something might be wrong.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CAUSES OF THIS?
Many men and women may notice a mild and often normal physiologic thinning of hair starting in their thirties and forties. Frequently, hair may simply thin as a result of predetermined genetic factors, family history, and the overall aging process. Other times, normal life variations including temporary severe stress, nutritional changes, and hormonal changes like those in pregnancy, puberty, and menopause may cause hair loss. Having your hair chemically treated, like getting it coloured, bleached, permed or straightened, and or applying excess heat to hair by using a hot iron or blow drying can also be the cause of hair breaking off sooner than otherwise.
HOW DO I PREVENT FURTHER HAIR LOSS?
To begin with, you’ll need to consult your doctor to determine the cause of your hair loss, so you can work on it. However, in general, here are few precautions to take. Eat a balanced, healthy diet, especially adequate levels of iron and vitamin B. A balanced diet is important for a lot of reasons and one of them is benefitting your hair. Try using baby shampoo and avoid shampooing more than once a day. Don’t rub your hair too bristly with a towel, either. Keep away the blow dryer and try towel or air drying your hair instead. If you really need your blow dryer, use it on a low-heat setting and accompany it with a heat protection spray.
WHAT DO I DO TO RESTORE HAIR LOSS?
For some types of hair loss, hair may resume growth without any treatment. In other situations, you’ll need treatments to help promote hair growth. To regain back head hair, protein based vitamins and serums are usually helpful. Hair loss serums are high in concentrations of botanical extracts, natural antioxidants, naturally occurring vitamins and enzymes which help improve the appearance of the hair and stimulate hair growth making it thicker and fuller.
Meso-therapy is another technique for hair restoration. This procedure involves injecting growth factors and poly-vitamins directly under the scalp. It only takes about 30 minutes per sitting but you may require getting it done once a week for about 6 to 7 times, followed by maintenance treatments but the results are quite prominent.
There’s also the option of cell therapy. In this, a mini-liposuction procedure is first performed to remove about 50-100cc of fat from your waist area. Then an activation solution made up of natural proteins is added to turn on the stem cells. Finally, the stem cells are directly injected into the dermis of the scalp, near the hair follicle. There is no concern of rejection as these are the patient’s own cells. This procedure is straight forward and takes about three hours.
Again, whether you require treatment or not, and if you do, which treatment you should indulge in depends on the amount of hair you lose, the cause of it and what you’re most comfortable with. So it’s best to discuss with your doctor to know what works for you and what results to expect.