If you keep straining your hair by applying pressure through consistent hair styles then this may be one of the greatest contributors to hair loss. The continued stress upon hair follicles is known as traction alopecia and may be triggered by pigtails or cornrows.
Distinct hair styles can even result in scarring of the scalp and so changing around your hairstyle may be one of the best ways to help your hair growth recover. Perms, hot oil treatments or blow drying can further extend the damage.
Birth controls are frequently linked to hair loss and by taking the pill you will impact your body’s supply of oestrogen and progestin.
In general, hormonal contraceptives do not have substantial impacts upon hair loss; however, potentially switching to non-hormonal contraceptives (such as a diaphragm) may limit future hair loss due to the reduced changes in hormone levels.
Extreme stress is one of the main causes of hair loss and also has great impacts upon you in other aspects of life. The effects of stress impact the hair growth cycle and substantially extend the shedding phase in the long-term.
If members of your family have experienced hair loss then this may eventually also become something offspring may inherit. Female hair loss rarely comes in the form of a receding hairline (normally attributable to men) but instead results in androgenic alopecia. This describes the thinning of hair over a long period of time.
Protein & Iron Deficiencies
Protein deficiencies are one of the most common amongst women. If protein is missing from the diet then the body will begin to ration it and reduce hair growth.
Around 10% of women aged between 20-49 are iron deficient which can lead to numerous unfavourable changes but also limits hair growth.
Proper research into more protein (eggs, fish or meat) and iron-rich (spinach or meat) diets can help develop healthier meals which, in turn, will contribute to hair growth.
A variety of medications can directly impact hair loss and you may sometimes find these side-effects listed on the medication. Factors such as an excess in the consumption of Vitamin A is frequently proven to lead to hair loss for women.
Proper consultation with medical professionals about this is necessary for your safety.
DHT is a derivative of testosterone and thus is a more prevalent cause of hair loss among men. DHT works to kill hair follicles and binds them to your scalp which leads to baldness.
There are many solutions to limiting an excess of DHT which can frequently be found in every day items such as your shampoo (featuring ingredients such as rosemary or caffeine).
During pregnancy many women actually experience a thickening of their hair; however, post-pregnancy this often switches over to hair loss due to the swing in hormone levels. Fortunately, after a few months the hormone levels will stabilise and thus the thinning of hair will typically reduce.
All of these causes are common but do not cover every possibility. We fully recommend consultation with your medical professionals before taking significant changes.