All of our hair goes through a cycle: it grows, it gets long and then it falls out. It’s normal for people to lose about 100 hairs from their head every day. That number might seem high, but the same number of hairs starts growing in their place.

However, sometimes your hair will start to fall out in greater numbers, and you’ll notice that your hair is getting thinner and your brush fuller and fuller as you run it through your hair. This is what we call hair loss – when there’s more hair falling out than there is growing back.

But why does this sometimes happen and what can be done to prevent it? Let’s explore the ins and outs of this issue and share tips on how you can prevent this from happening on your own head.

Nutrition

It’s no secret that every process in our body starts from within. The way we fuel our body and take care of it is the first step to a lot of solutions, and a lot of issues. Our hair is composed mostly of protein, one protein specifically called keratin.

You might have heard of people getting keratin treatments when their hair gets damaged – this is to boost up the protein content in the hair. If you aren’t getting enough keratin in your body through the food you eat, your body just might not have enough to allocate to the new hairs that are supposed to grow. The same goes for other vitamins and nutrients in hair.

So, the first step is to reevaluate your diet and see if you’re eating enough variety and a large quantity of fruit, veggies and protein to get the right amount of nutrients. If needed, talk to a registered dietician who can take a look at your regular diet and suggest improvements.

Supplements

Staying in the same lane, let’s talk about supplements. Sometimes, you can’t get enough nutrients through your diet alone and you might require supplements to your diet. These can come in the form of capsules, drops, powders, and patches.

For most supplements, you can take them without fear of overdosing, because you will just pee out the excess, but you should still consult with your doctor about taking anything in larger quantities, just to be safe.

Hair Care

The products we use on our hair directly affect its quality, growth and fallout. Products that help with preventing hair loss will often work on multiple fronts, from clearing out dead skin follicles and boosting circulation to balancing hormones. Look for products that are full of rich ingredients like oils that will feed and treat your hair inside and out.

You want something that will make your hair strong, and more importantly – that will feel good on your head. Different brands will offer you different promises, and if you need other things besides hair loss prevention – like color maintenance or detangling – you can talk to your hairdresser about combining products to get the best treatment.

Remember that prevention is key, so sporadically using hair loss prevention products, even when there’s no need for it, will prevent there ever being a need.

Treating your Hair

Our daily hair habits can do a lot of good or a lot of bad to the quality of our hair. If we use high-heat tools on it every day, like straighteners, curling irons or fans, we risk damaging the hair with heat, and brittle hair will fall out more easily. Make sure you’re using a good heat-protective spray before applying any heat.

Something most people don’t think about is the way that we potentially ruin our hair by brushing it. If you’re not using the right brush or if you’re too rough, you might be literally pulling out hair strands with every brush stroke.

Some hair that naturally fell out will always come off the brush, but if your hair is tangled and you’re just tugging at it with great force instead of applying a deep conditioner or oils, you will be pulling out a lot more hair than needed. You should also pay attention not to be rough with your hair when it’s wet, because it’s a lot more brittle and prone to falling out, than when it’s dry.

Talk to your Doctor

If you notice significant hair loss, and the usual treatments mentioned above just aren’t helping, you should always consult with your doctor. There are medical conditions that have hair loss as one of the symptoms, and if this is the case, you’ll want to know. This is especially urgent if you notice that your hair is falling out in clumps.

Don’t be scared – while it’s important to get these diagnoses as early as possible because of other things they might cause, they can be managed, and your doctor will prepare you with all the knowledge you need to get through it.

Talk to your Doctor

Medical Treatments

And just like there might be medical reasons for you to be losing your hair, there are medical treatments to fix it. Laser therapy is one option, as is injecting platelet-rich plasma into the scalp. If these sound too extreme, there is medication like Finasteride or Phenylephrine that can be prescribed by your doctor to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

These should never be the first option, because if you can fix it in a more natural way by adjusting your diet or changing your habits – you should always take that route. But if there is a medical reason you’re losing your hair, there can be a medical way to fix it.

Hair loss is somewhat normalized in men, but it’s important to talk about the fact that it happens to women as well. Hair loss can really happen to anyone and information about how to treat it and combat it should be available more widely. So if you are facing issues with hair falling out more than it should or noticing that it’s getting thinner and thinner – try these steps so it can go back to its lush, full state and you can proudly show it off.

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