– When should you be concerned?
Do you suffer from excessive hair loss?
Many women when they see a pile of hairs into the drain after showering or hair brush full with hair after brushing start to panic, but experts say that this is quite normal.
On average, a person loses between 60 and 100 hairs per day, claims Annabel Kingsley, a dermatologist. How “awful” this condition is depends from person to person – if you have longer hair, it seems like you lose more hair than if you have short hair.
However, there are certain factors that can lead to hair loss. Since the hair is part of our body and hasn’t got some vital function, but it is sensitive and prone to react to any kind of stress that affects our body.
Short-term problems such as abdominal discomfort, fever, especially stressful situations at work or rigorous diet can often cause excessive hair loss which can be prolonged six to ten weeks after the disappearance of the problem.
-The good news is that, if you take good care of yourself and your body so it could recover, there is no reason for concern – said Kingsley, adding that the hair loss process will stop and the hair will begin to grow normally.
Some women have noticed that they lose more hair in late summer and less in winter. If you don’t wash your hair too often, but once or twice a week, you will notice that you have lost little more hair. Sometimes it’s a matter of genes: if you lose about 100 hairs per day, your best friend may have lost only 60.
Chemical processes such as dyeing, bleaching and hair straightening, do not affect the natural hair growth, but damage the protein structure of the hair to some extent, says Kingsley. This leads to weak hair roots as well as to hair damaging that resemble hair loss.
-This kind of hair damaging is not true hair loss, but it can lead to a reduction in hair density, if it is treated excessively with chemicals – she added.
As opposed to some everyday beliefs, color and type of hair do not necessary affect the hair loss. However, women with thick or curly hair often use styling appliances that heat the hair and they comb the hair harsher, so it may seem that they lose a greater amount of hair. In fact, the hairs become broken and damaged.
When should you be concerned?
-If excessive hair loss continues more than three months, consult a dermatologist – advises Kingsley.
Chronic hair loss can be a signal that something is wrong inside. The most common reasons for long-term hair loss are: lack of iron, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and problems with hyperthyroid.
Once these problems are resolved, you could help your hair to be healthy again as it was before.