There are myriad ways that Mother Nature lets us know we’re getting older. We start to notice an ache here and there. We may find ourselves holding that latest novel at arm’s length when reading. We may notice our hair thinning or even noticeable hair loss.
You Can’t Always Blame Your Parents
We all know that we’re probably headed for thinning hair, or even complete baldness, if our parents had these physical traits. In fact, it’s even normal for everyone to shed up to 100 hairs a day.
But the genes we inherited from our parents may have bestowed us with male- or female-pattern baldness. Your heredity will determine how old – or young – you are when your hair starts to thin.
Pillowcases and Having Babies
The actual causes of hair loss are myriad. Age is but one possible cause, but other conditions, both physical and otherwise, can cause or accelerate the thinning of our crowning locks. Here’s a few of the more unusual causes:
The fever of flu: Hair loss can result from certain types of stress, including the stress of having the flu. Being sick, and running a high fever because of it, can throw your hair follicles into shock. Your body pours all its energy into fighting off the flu bug, taking away energy from nonessential functions like growing hair.
Giving birth: If you thought the flu was sapping your strength, try giving birth! When a woman is delivering a baby, her body is using every bit of available energy to bring that little one into the world. Growing hair is not high on the priority list right then.
Release the tension: Putting too much tension on hair can also thin it. Pulling hair back into a tight ponytail puts pressure on the scalp and can damage hair follicles.
A broken heart: The stress of a broken heart can lead to patchy hair loss in men and women. The hormone upheaval of heartbreak can result in hair loss.
Consider your pillowcase: Cotton pillowcases are the worse. The inherent roughness of cotton fibers causes friction between your hair and the pillow’s surface. This can break the hair and wick away the natural moisture that keeps your hair nourished. Go for the satin pillows to help prevent this.
Play It Safe
If you notice your hair thinning, play it safe and check with a hair loss professional. It is always a good idea to rule out any illness before assuming we’re just getting old.
Whether you are suffering from genetic hair loss, alopecia, illness or some other reason that’s causing you to experience hair loss, at Transitions Hair Loss Centers, we will help you find the perfect hair loss treatment or hair restoration solution for you, regardless of cause or hair type. To find a hair loss studio near you click here.
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