Why is our hair falling out (or thinning)?
Generally speaking as we grow older, we tend to have less hair. Though according to studies, men are likely to lose more hair than women, but most women are more conscious of having thin hair or hair falling out.
There are quite a few causes of thinning hair, but for our generation (ages 50`s and above), the most important reason of hair falling out is due to aging.
You see, it is not uncommon to see women lose their hair when they reach their 50`s or 60`s. Honestly, experts are not sure why this can happen because of so many possible causes. Not only because of hormone changes, but also because of stress related causes, your genes, your lifestyle when it comes to your hair (like, did you use the right kind of shampoo or hair spray, or do you go to the salon often enough to lose its strength?)
I have collected some information that may be helpful when you have this kind of issue.
Here is why and how to fix your thinning hair:
1. Is your hair thinning?
Check with your doctor if you have some problem with your thyroid.
This is a common, yet often overlooked cause of hair loss: a low functioning thyroid. It weakens every strand of your hair and it makes it difficult to replace those that fall out.
“When the glands are not producing enough hormones, it greatly reduces your body`s ability to regenerate hair cells,” says dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, an author of the book Skin Rules.
A blood test will reveal if your thyroid is under active. If so, an inexpensive medication for your thyroid could have your hair growing in as thick as ever within six months.
2. Is your hair limp?
Eat food with protein, iron and zinc – like in a Burger!
For hair to look full and luxurious, sufficient protein, iron and zinc are essential and fortunately, the burger actually is pack will all three!!
“Beef`s protein helps produce the keratin that is vital to hair structure,” says Dr. Jaliman. And its iron and zinc boost nutrient flow to follicles for thicker and fuller hair.
If you are not into meat like burger, fish is also good on this. Salmon is a good choice. Its omega-3 fatty acids nourish follicles, promoting growth and overall hair health.
3. Is your hair brittle?
Wear a hat! Cover your hair!
Surprisingly, the real cause of dry, brittle hair that splits easily is too much sun, says Dr. Joshua Zeicher. He says that UV light can damage the outer layer of the hair known as the cuticle so that it does not like flat.
So, the solution for this is don a hat with a sun-protective UPF or ultraviolet protection factor of 30 to block the rays and protect your scalp from burns.
4. Is your hair patchy?
Better make sure what is in your medications.
Many medications, including blood thinners and some anti-depressants, can trigger sudden hair loss.
“This occurs when hair roots shift into the resting state, increasing shedding,” says Dr. Jaliman. Switching medications can trigger new within six weeks. Make sure you talk to your doctor before switching meds.
5. Do you have dandruff?
Are you rinsing well when you wash your hair?
An extra 15 seconds can send dandruff packing, says Dr. Jaliman.
Hair-care products leave bits of residue every time you use them, which accumulates over time. So, after shampooing, massage your scalp while rinsing until the water flows without suds. Once it is clear, rinse 15 seconds more.
If you are interested in the best treatment for hair thinning:
Since hair is the crowning glory of women, taking good care of it is important. I have enumerated some ways you can possibly fix your hair issues, but also this is my way of letting you know that all these problems may only be treated if you are aware of how your body works.
What are your thoughts about this topic? I appreciate your comment:)