Last week, we talked about Shocking Reasons Why You’re Losing Your Hair and there were some big reveals. Some of the reasons made sense, some were disturbing, while others were just bizarre!
As promised, the part II of the shocking reasons has been brought by yours truly! Make sure you’re all caught up by reading the first part here before continuing below… No cheating!☺☺Autoimmune disorders
Autoimmune disorders, including alopecia areata, can lead to hair loss. These conditions occur when “the body gets confused,” Dr. Glashofer explained. “The immune system sees the hair as foreign and targets it by mistake.” Alopecia areata is treatable with steroid injections and medications like Rogaine, but regrown hair may fall out again. If you have another autoimmune disorder, like lupus, causing your hair loss, it may be permanent. If you think you’re suffering from an autoimmune disease, it’s important to get to a doctor immediately!
Drugs and Medications
If you are taking meds for a condition and you notice you’re losing your hair, talk to your doctor to see if there’s an alternate method of treating whatever condition you’re taking meds for. It could be from the side effects of the meds you are taking. Certain blood thinners, anti-depressants, anti-seizure medicines, gout medications, beta blockers, anabolic steroids, and blood pressure medications can cause hair loss… (also, make sure to read the “side effects” of any meds and talk to your doctor about it before you start using it).
Lack of Shampooing
“When you don’t shampoo — which would shed [hair] naturally as you wash — it means that the hair is just sitting on the scalp,” dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco told Shape. “You’ll see the accumulation when you do go to wash your hair.”
To eliminate any build-up on your scalp, Dr. Fusco suggests cutting back on the dry shampoo, as well as treating yourself to a weekly scalp exfoliation, which is simpler than it sounds. Simply mix an exfoliant like sea salt, or even sugar, right into your daily shampoo!
Scalp conditions can sometimes hinder hair growth and trigger hair loss. Dermatologist Pamela Jakubowicz told Prevention that these conditions can include seborrheic dermatitis (which can be caused by a yeast overgrowth, hormonal changes, or excessive oil production, and results in greasy flakes), psoriasis (an autoimmune condition that produces thick white scales on the skin), or ringworm (which can manifest as scales or blisters on the scalp).
A dermatologist can determine the cause and treatment of these conditions and get your growth cycle back on track.
The Changing Seasons
Believe it or not, hot and dry seasons can actually trigger your hair loss… especially during Harmattan. Dr. Fusco explains, “Whenever the climate changes, your body goes through an adjustment period that can throw off your hair growth cycle. Since hair tends to grow faster in the summer, it’s only natural to experience more shedding at the end of it.”
So there you have it, these are some of the major reasons why you’re losing your hair. there is no cause for alarm as they are all treatable and can also be prevented. We love our hair too much to leave it unattended to, right?
Until next time. Stay beautiful, stay awesome and enjoy the holidays!😘