Hair loss is a natural phenomenon that occurs when hair ceases to grow in places where it used to. Losing up to 100 hairs per day is normal, but if you lose more than that, it may be due to certain biological processes or illnesses. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the various types of hair loss.
Genetics and heredity factors
Low well-being of the scalp (psoriasis)
Our hair goes through a growth cycle of 2 to 6 years. It is therefore quite clear that a hair will fall out at some point. However, anyone who loses more than 100 hairs per day should see a dermatologist. Increased hair loss becomes noticeable, for example, when washing the hair or walking up to fall-out on your pillow.
The cause of hair loss should first be determined before a treatment can be commenced. For example, is it a genetic predisposition, a disorder of the immune system or one of the other causes already mentioned above?
The most common types of hair loss are hereditary (androgenetic) hair loss and circular hair loss.
Androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss)
With hereditary hair loss, women's hair usually becomes less around the crown and then thinner overall. This is particularly common during puberty and menopause, as the body undergoes major hormonal changes during these phases. During puberty, the body of young women produces female sex hormones and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a male sex hormone that can shorten the hair growth phases. Special enzymes found in the roots of the hair protect it from falling out; if there are too few of them due to genetics, hair loss occurs. It's the same during menopause: If protective enzymes are missing at the roots, the hair tends to fall out more quickly due to hormonal changes.
The causes of circular hair loss are not yet exactly clear, but in many cases, it heals on its own. As soon as it occurs, you should see a doctor! Special stimulation and cortisone therapies may be beneficial in this instance.
In many cases, hair loss can result from poor nutrition, stress or too much strain on the hair from the use of extensions or colour treatments. Think about what could be particularly stressful for your hair and change your care routine if necessary. It is best to talk to your hairdresser about your hair concerns.
Foods that strengthen the hair:
Coconut oil: ideal as a hair mask
Apples: are full of important vitamins and antioxidants
Lemons: vitamin C and iron for strong hair
Blueberries: are full of important vitamins and antioxidants
Asparagus: vitamins and free radical scavengers
Fish: contains biotin to strengthen cells
Legumes: contains trace element zinc for shiny hair