Seems such a common problem. Something that we encounter on a daily basis. It is absolutely normal to lose some strands daily. However, how can you determine how much loss or rather how many hair strands a day is normal for your head and body? That’s where the role of a trichologist, your hair doctor comes into the picture.
Hair loss, quantified as normal only by your hair expert, justifies that your hair is travelling through different stages and finally has bid bye once it has reached the last stage. We call it, in medical terminology while referring to hair’s life cycle, as something known as A/T ratio. It encompasses the stages through which your hair travels along and how much time it stays in each stage. Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. Read to know more.
Hair loss, which gets diagnosed as abnormal by your hair care partner, is what raises questions on ‘What’s wrong with your health?”. As our founder, Apoorva Shah rightly puts it, “Hair is your body’s barometer.” Either your health is reflected at its peak or at its lowest by your hair’s behaviour.
That brings us to the question – What are the trigger points for hair loss? What problems in your body get reflected when your hair starts falling out? What are the conditions that your hair is trying to convey, which might be striking the imbalance within your body? Listen to what your hair is trying to tell. We’ll help you out.
Your hair loss could be because of some internal imbalance or external environmental elements. We have put together the most common 32 triggers of hair loss.
These thirty-two factors are not exhaustive, and can be further divided and classified into many classes and conditions resulting in hair loss, hair thinning, and other hair & scalp problems. They all have the potential to leave you hair-less and smile-less if left unattended to. We would, in this article, stick to the major topics. However, if you wish to know about any of them in detail, you know what’s to be done, right? We are just a ping away.
We are going to attach for your easy access, creative links and article links on the 32 factors leading to hair loss. And here’s to your hair loss encyclopedia.
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2. Cardiac problems
Well, the stats will leave you choked, especially the men. Depending on the stage at which you are, in hair loss, you are increasingly prone to heart ailments. Can’t believe? Look at this.
Hormones and Hair can either be great friends or worst enemies. So, if you are one of those who have faced the latter, with the onset of Thyroid, then this one is especially for you.
All you need to know about thyroid and hair loss
Among many other reasons for hair loss, anaemia too plays its role in disturbing your hair’s balance. Anaemia, the Greek term for bloodlessness makes sure it leaves you hair-less, by blocking its nourishment, leading to iron deficiency in the follicles. Ping us to know more.
5. Nutritional deficiency
Just like blood carries essential nutrients to all your body parts; likewise, your hair is no exception to this cycle. Any hindrance in this process – of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients reaching your hair follicles – is bound to leave your hair lifeless and brittle.
Here is a list of hairlicious foods that ensure supply of vital nutrients to your hair.
6. Fungal infections
Your scalp could be easily giving away to fungal infections, owing to which you can experience hair fall, hair thinning and hair loss. Starting from a simple capilloscopy to intense tests facilitating detailed hair and scalp analysis, only a hair doctor would be in a position to help you with the infection and its solution.
7. Hormonal imbalance
As stated earlier, your hormonal imbalance is bound to strike an imbalance in your hair as well. However, it is only wiser for you to immediately consult a trichologist and understand what’s wrong with your hair, your body, its metabolism and health.
Polycystic ovarian disorder or PCOD has become a nightmare for almost all the girls these days when they should ideally be having their sweet 16 dreams. A common concern starting with the teens and going beyond, this is definitely a must-read article.
How does PCOD affect your hair?
9. Auto-immune problems
Auto-immune disorders refer to body’s action against its own self. For instance, in Alopecia, the body’s immune system mistakes its own hair follicles for foreign entities and attacks them, resulting in bald patches. Premature greying, psoriasis too falls under this category. Many a time, you may find a hair doctor prescribe TST plus as a treatment to fight the trigger points of such auto-immune diseases, like stress, pollution and fashion.
10. Kidney failure
Kidney failure too, in a way, contributes to your hair loss. The adrenal glands above your kidneys are responsible for the production of hair-growth hormone – Androgen. A mess on this front is bound to leave you with diffuse hair loss and hair thinning.
11. Poor scalp hygiene
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. This proverb stands true in your hair’s case as well. It is very important that you learn the right way of combing, washing, drying to maintain your scalp at its best and keep dirt, dust, lice, ticks, dandruff away always.
Here is a detailed blog, on how to wash your hair the right way
The most trending, the most popular word found amidst kids, teens, middle-aged and the older lot as well. Stress has not spared anyone, and we haven’t spared it either in our blogs.
Stress and Hair loss – Understand the relation between the two.
13. Acute illness
While your body is recovering from a severe illness like typhoid, malaria, and dengue, your hair too is coping up from the sudden sickness stress on your body and hence loses out on its charm, bounce and strength.
14. Post pregnancy
New moms who enjoyed awesome hair during their pregnancy, have bad hair days almost every day in their initial months post pregnancy. Want to know why? And how to deal with it?
What happens to your hair during the postpartum period?
15. Weight loss
Beware, your weight loss programme, if not done prudently, can turn into a recipe for hair loss. To make sure you pull down only some kilograms and not the strands on your head, read this article which talks about top 4 tips to avoid hair loss on account of weight loss.
Trichotillomania, in simple terms, self-induced hair loss refers to unconscious plucking or pulling of hair. It is especially found in children and females. It is advisable to consult with a trichologist immediately to find out solutions before the roots get damaged irreversibly.
17. Poor diet
Your hair is what you eat. What goes in, reflects out on your head. Hair doctors at RichFeel not just talk about hair during consultation but also advice you on your diet, as in what suits, what should be a part of your daily intake, what all you shouldn’t be consuming etc. Read one of our previous articles on five foods for faster hair growth.
18. Use of oral contraceptives
Oral contraceptives have a huge impact on your hormones. When your hormones are played with, your hair too goes for a toss, undoubtedly, as we had mentioned earlier.
Be it miscarriage or stillborn delivery, both of them have great impact on the hormone called oestrogen. When oestrogen hits its sudden low, your hair fall reaches its peak.
Oestrogen can trigger hair loss or influence hair growth. While you enjoy great hair during pregnancy, abortion has the potential to trigger hair loss owing to an imbalance, again in the levels of oestrogen in your body.
Who doesn’t want the Diva or Star look from the Bollywood and Hollywood industries? However, what gets conveniently missed is the care that your hair royally wishes to have after such styling tricks. Considering the need of the hour and the buzzing topic that hair styling is, in today’s times, we have enough and more articles published on this front, here is one of them – Addicted to Hair trends? Understand how it’s affecting you.
22. Side-effects of medication
Say, you are just out of a major health issue and were put under severe medicines to come out of the condition. Have you noticed side-effects like nausea, headache, acidity etc. while you were on medicines and following the course that was prescribed to you? While you could get well soon, hair fall too could be one of the many other symptoms, requiring a hair care partner to look into the same.
23. Abuse of medication/ Self-prescription
One is the side effect of medication, as mentioned above. Another aspect that triggers hair loss is abuse of certain types of medication. Many self-prescribe multivitamins & consume at will. What you don’t realise is that supplements such as these will also need to be taken with due precaution and a balance is to be maintained. A classic example is overdose of Vit A supplement. This can lead to hair loss.
Further, unsupervised consumption of antidepressants, medications taken for bipolar disorder and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can trigger hair loss as well.
Always follow a doctor’s prescription. And when it comes to your hair, follow your Trichologist’s recommendations.
24. Skin disorders
Skin and hair are like hand and glove. A bad day for one can affect the other too. Say, for instance, dandruff on your scalp can lead to pimples and acne on the skin. Likewise, to know to your skin and hair type, and to keep skin-induced hair disorders at bay, reach out to the hair experts at RichFeel.
25. Severe hair and scalp related diseases
Alopecia, trichotillomania, eczema, dermatitis, telogen effluvium, these conditions deserve much space than mere four lines here. Moreover, they demand a hair doctor’s attention and diagnosis and not just a blog article obviously. Do read up on these and do not hesitate to seek professional help at the slightest of doubts.
26. Common conditions like dandruff and lice
You need no explanation on these conditions. Yet for tips on how to tackle this dandruff and lice problem, here are your quick links to our previous articles and creatives, one of them coming all the way from our founder.
Dandruff control tips from Apoorva Shah, the founder of RichFeel.
RichFeel’s homely hair hacks to keep dandruff away.
Simple solutions to keep licks and ticks away.
27. Overexposure to metals in water
While colouring your hair in little unconventional shades of green, blue etc. could be your style statements, it could also mean that ill-effect of metals present in the water. Be it the swimming pool water or pipe water, you need to check for its purity if your hair starts to show symptoms by changing its colour. Click here for more on this topic.
You would have seen and read a lot on pollution before. While the topic isn’t new, the problems that it causes to your hair is newer by the day with the increase in the fumes and poisonous gases. To know, what happens to your hair, because of constant exposure to polluted air, click here.
29. Seasonal impact on hair
You can love the summers, or you may be a human peacock dancing in the rain, or you could be a winter-loving person. Just remember that, be it any period of the year, your hair requires care in all seasons. Or else, by the end of every season, you would lose some hair, and one fine day, there will be nothing to lose. Don’t worry. We’ll help you with the seasonal hair care content, as always.
Beat the summer with these hair care hacks.
Monsoon time hair care tips.
5 ways to deal with your hair in winter.
30. Chemical treatments
Our hair is made up of different bonds like Hydrogen, Salt, Sugar and Cystine. These bonds ensure hair’s strength, shine, elasticity, bounce, texture, moisture, vitality and health. Chemical treatments prove harmful on these bonds. Why are these bonds important? Click here.
While we won’t comment on the very frequently asked question of whether ageing is a boon or bane, for your hair, ageing could definitely mean a bane. Why? What? And How? We would love to meet you in person and discuss after diagnosing your hair and scalp condition. Click here to know your nearest RichFeel clinics, dear superb and sweet senior citizens!
32. Inherited from genes
If you are proud of imbibing from your parents, grandparents, and relatives etc., some skills that make you stand out in a lot, your baldness or hair fall too would make you look distinct, thanks to the same inheritance. While you can’t do anything about your inherited genes, what you can do is visit a trichologist, get appropriate tests done and take preventive measures to manage your genetic hair problems.
One such test that helps you know your body and take curative measures is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.
Yup. If you are reading this, then you are absolutely on the right page for A-Z in hair and scalp. Not just for the 32 factors causing hair loss, we are well aware of what needs to be done for your 32-teeth smile. We take full charge of your hair, health and happiness.