Why Is My Hair Thinning?

Why Is My Hair Thinning?

“Why is my hair thinning?”  Chances are, if you’re asking yourself this question you’ve already lost more than 40% of your hair’s volume and density. If you’re noticing more hair loss than usual, it’s time to take a closer look at how you’ve been treating your hair. Many aspects of our day to day life, from what we eat to how we style our hair will affect the strength of our hair fibers, so it’s important to evaluate our lifestyle choices when we notice that our hair is thinning.  If you’re looking at your scalp in mirror or at more and more hairs in the drain catch, a few simple changes in your hair care and health care could make a significant difference in the amount of shedding that’s going on.

Here are ten common culprits that could potentially be the cause of your excessive hair loss and how to banish them from your daily routine for good so you can hopefully stop the fallout, and regain some of the hair you’ve lost.

Millions of women are asking every day “why is my hair thinning?”, and the answers are sometimes shocking because they’re so easy to avoid and so obviously the reason when you take a closer look.

Why Is My Hair Thinning?

Hot Steamy Showers May Be The Cause Of Your Thinning Hair!

As relaxing as they may be, those hot steamy showers aren’t just drying out your skin, they’re damaging your hair follicles. Hot water dehydrates the scalp which can lead to dry, brittle hair that’s more prone to snap and fall out. Not only are you washing away your hair’s protective oils, but the heat throws your scalp’s pores into overdrive to keep up with oil production, which can damage the hair’s root and lead to additional hair loss. One in four women experience hair loss at some point in their life, most commonly after the age of thirty or after giving birth. Save your hair follicles by turning the temp down a few degrees. It won’t take long for your body to get adjusted to a warm shower instead of a hot on, and for even safer shower practices, always rinse your hair with the coolest water temperature you can withstand. Your follicles will love you for it.

Using Hot Styling Tools May Be Causing Your Hair To Thin!

Scorching temps damage the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. Once the cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair is more prone to breakage. Limit the use of hot hair styling tools, even your blowdryer set to hot two or three times a week can cause irreversible damage. If it is absolutely necessary to use a blow dryer, use the coolest setting possible and don’t keep the dryer pressed against your hair. And if possible, apply a heat-protection spray, which creates a thermal barrier to reduce friction.

Crash Dieting Isn’t Good For Your Health Or Your Hair!

Starving yourself forces the body to direct what little energy it has towards essential functions, like helping your heart and brain work, rather than nurturing hair growth. In fact, when diagnosing anorexics, one of the top symptoms is severe hair loss. Your hair needs a lot of nutrients to withstand the day to day abuse from sun, wind, brushing, washing and drying. Healthy hair starts with a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein like fish, chicken, lentils and beans. Hair is primarily made of protein, the one thing that can make or break your hair if you’re not getting enough.

Mistreating Wet Hair Is Damaging Your Locks!

Our strands are never more fragile—and prone to breakage—than when they’re saturated with water, since the protective cuticle is slightly raised. Brushing or combing locks in the shower, then following with aggressive towel-drying, create the perfect storm for snapping it off. Minimize post-shower brushing by combing before hair gets wet. Then, dab, don’t rub your hair with a soft towel after your shower.

Wearing Tight Ponytails, Pigtails, and Braids Will Cause Thinning Hair!

If a tight ponytail or braid is your go-to look, you’re actually encouraging hair loss. These styles put excessive tension on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that destroy them permanently. This can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for hair to grow. Loosen up those locks! Wear your hair down whenever possible, especially when sleeping. When you do tie your strands back, don;t pull too tight, keep it a bit looser, if it’s pulling on your skin, it’s way too tight. A looser hairstyle now means less pulling your hair out later when you’re stressed out over hair loss. Yes, stress will cause your hair to thin out too, so relax those locks to welcome peace of mind. Avoid hair products that make hair stiff or sticky. Instead, use softer-hold solutions like styling creams that keep hair’s moisture intact and don’t create friction when brushing.

Taking Oral Birth Control Or Even Ceasing To Take Birth Control May Cause Your Hair To Thin!

If you’re one of the many women who are sensitive to hair shedding or thinning due to hormonal changes, the wrong oral birth control can weaken your hair. A pill that contains androgens can cause hair loss for someone who’s ‘androgen sensitive’ and doesn’t know it. Birth control changes your body chemistry which in turn can cause hair loss both when you begin taking the pill and when you stop taking it. if you notice hair loss right away, switch to low-androgen index birth control pills like norgestimate (in Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen), norethindrone (in Ovcon 35), desogestrel (in Mircette), or ethynodiol diacetate (in Demulen, Zovia). If you want to know whether you have an androgen sensitivity, see your primary care physician for a simple cheek-swab genetic test.

Why Is My Hair Thinning?

Scratching Your Head Profusely Isn’t Just A Sign Of Dandruff, It Could Also Mean Hair Loss!

Itchy scalp (like that caused by seborrheic dermatitis) may result in hair loss due to scratching-induced hair damage. Once the cuticle is damaged, the hair fiber is prone to breakage and fallout. Relieve the itch with a gentle shampoo that contains selenium, zinc pyrithione, or tea tree oil, like a Dandruff Shampoo. If over-the-counter products don’t help, your doctor can prescribe antifungal shampoo or cortisone foam. It never hurts to discuss this issue with a dermatologist or hair loss specialist either.

Soaking Up The Sun’s UV Rays Isn’t Good For Your Skin Or Your Scalp, And It Can Even Lead To Thinning Hair!

Even if you’ve given up tanning, your hair is still exposed to UV rays every time your outdoors without coverage. UV rays eat away at the strength and elasticity of your hair. Prolonged UV exposure causes the layers of the cuticle to weaken and break, resulting in brittle hair that can also cause hair loss. Going out for a long beach day? Wear a hat,  preferably one with built-in UV protection whenever possible and don’t forget to tuck your ponytail underneath. Worried about hat hair? Try using a leave-in conditioner with built-in sunscreen like Kerastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur.

Not Washing Hair Often Enough Can Also Be A Cause Of Thinning Hair!

Now that dry shampoo is a staple in most of our beauty arsenals, it’s easier than ever to skip a few days between washing. And as convenient as it may be, especially when traveling, it’s not so great for your hair:  A buildup of product or excessive dandruff on the scalp can clog hair follicles, and if it’s bad enough, it can become infected, making it even more difficult for hair to grow, and inevitably cause hair loss. There’s nothing wrong with skipping shampoo for a day. But if it becomes a habit, product residue, dirt, and oil can clog pores in the scalp. Be sure to wash your hair every two days, especially if you’re sweating or using lots of products. To prevent excessive dryness, switch to a gentle sulfate-free shampoo. A great place to shop for these types of shampoos is a t a hair replacement salon, you’ll be happy that you did because visiting a hair replacement salon before you actually need hair replacement may save you from a more intensive future appointment.

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Health Issues Aren’t The Only Thing That Cause Thinning Hair, Medications Can Cause Thinning Hair Too!

Much like birth control, there are other certain medications like statins, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, anti-hypertensive medications or hormones like thyroid replacement drugs can cause hair loss. These can disrupt or interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth, causing hair to go into a dormant resting phase and fall out prematurely.  Ask your doctor about alternative medications that don’t have the same hair-loss repercussions.

If you’re asking “why is my hair thinning?” and if you’re suffering with hair loss, the expert staff at Suisse Natural Hair Salon has answers that can help you save the hair you have and replace the hair you’ve lost.

For more information on what causes thinning hair, hair loss, and hair replacement for women, call (617)244-9414 to schedule a private consultation.