Hair loss is really terrifying and awful, especially as a woman. The joy and peace we feel when running our brush through our mane, the stiff competition between “naturalistas,” and having gorgeous hair is more than just a symbol of feminity… it’s part of our charm and beauty.So losing our hair is not only frustrating and somewhat demoralising. it’s extremely painful when the extreme lengths we go to preserve our hair, fail. The good news is, you may be able to reverse, or at least slow the process if you can narrow down the cause.

Also, there is no real reason to panic if you lose a little bit of your hair every day. “Hair loss in women is, to a certain extent, normal,” hair restoration specialist Dr. James C. Marotta told StyleCaster. “The average woman loses between 50 and 100 strands per day — even up to 150 in some cases.” Phew!

So when should you worry? Dr. Marotta recommends a test you can do yourself, to see if your hair loss is cause for concern. “Take about 60 hairs between your fingers and pull, running your fingers through your hair. Usually between 5 and 8 hairs [will come out], which is normal,” he said. “An excess of 15 hairs, however, is not as common, and means you are losing more hair than you should be.”If you’re losing in the latter category, then the cause is probably in one of the listed things below:

Over-styling & using too many hair products –
Over-styling your hair and overusing heat tools.. even over-brushing your hair can cause hair breakage. Though it may look like you are losing strands of your hair, it is actually just breaking off the ends or the middle of your hair. Your roots are still fine.

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“Hair myths, such as brushing your hair one hundred strokes each day, can cause split ends,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Paradi Mirmirani told the American Academy of Dermatology. “Having healthy hair is possible if you know how to care for your hair before and after styling.” Dr. Mirmirani recommends a towel or air-drying hair, brushing as little as possible, avoiding long-hold styling products, and setting styling tools to low or medium heat.

One-Hairstyle Rocker –
Do you fall into the category of “team braids only,” “team extensions,” or strictly suku/banku knots? If so, you may have “traction alopecia,” a condition that occurs after “persistent gentle pulling on the roots, over several hours or days,” The Independent reports. The hair loss usually occurs according to the style you prefer: if you apply rollers too tightly, you may get a somewhat irregular traction alopecia pattern, while those who prefer top knots may get a horseshoe-shaped pattern of hair loss. Those who opt for cornrows or braids may find they lose hair along their parts. Ladies who prefer ponytails may see hair loss on the sides of their foreheads.

All you need to do to remedy this is to take a break from making the particular hairstyles that got you there in the first place. Give your hair a chance to regroup and grow.

Hormones
A hormonal imbalance can cause levels of hair-growing hormones (like oestrogen and progesterone) to dip, and hair-loss hormones (like androgen and testosterone) to rise, Women’s Health reports.

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What’s important here is to determine the cause of the hormonal imbalance itself: you may have a thyroid issue, polycystic ovary syndrome, or simply benefit from medication that regulates hormones, like birth control. Once your doctor determines the cause, he or she can develop the best plan of action to correct (or at least minimise) the problem.

Birth Control Pills
Birth control is good when it comes to taking care of the unwanted, but it can also give you something unwanted – hair loss. It all depends on the formula of the birth control.

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“The pill has two types of hormones in it, or most of them do: a form of oestrogen, which is good for hair, and a progestin, which is a modified form of progesterone, and those vary in their androgenic activity,” endocrinologist Dr. Geoffrey Redmond explained to The Daily BeastDr. “The two situations which might give rise to hair loss over the pill are, first of all, if someone is on an androgenic progestin, of which the norethindrone in Loestrin is one of them, and norgestrel, which is in a variety of other pills…that’s the one that’s most androgenic.”

Talk to your doctor about the anti-androgen formula to find out the right amount for you. Only if you feel your hair loss is coming as a result of your birth control pills.

Physical/Emotional trauma
We all know the effects of trauma, the tears and pains that come with it.. but do you know that trauma can also cause hair loss? Dermatologist Marc Glashofer explained to Health, “When you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, [pushing] more hair into the shedding phase.”

The good news, Dr. Glashofer noted, is that once your body recovers from whatever the trauma was, so will your hair growth cycle — so be patient!

Stress (Don’t we have enough already!)
Emotional stress can sometimes trigger and even accelerate hair loss. Dr. Glashofer notes. This can create a pretty brutal cycle, because, well, losing your hair is extra stressful.

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Dermatologist Melissa Piliang told Women’s Health that meditation, exercise, and healthy habits, in general, can help you get your hair growth cycle back on track in as little as half the time that loafing, stressing, and drowning your sorrows in a sleeve of Oreos would. So break out the spinach and get thee to a yoga studio!

*screams* TAKE YOUR VITAMINS!!!!!!!

Bad Nutrition
Vitamin A is an essential vitamin for your hair. Too little of it can cause hair breakage (but be careful because too much can cause hair loss). Once you get your vitamin A levels to the healthy range, regular hair growth will resume.

More protein and iron, which you can get from meat, eggs, fish, and seafood. Beans, nuts, fortified cereals, seeds, lentils, carrot, and spinach will give you all the necessary Vitamin A you need.

More shocking reasons as well as the conclusion will  be revealed next week.

Till then, stay beautiful & stay awesome, because you are!

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