On a normal day, its okay for one to lose between 50 and 150 strands of hair. That is considered ‘normal’. But when hair begins to fall out in chunks and bunches each time you comb or brush, then its cause for concern.
Here are a few causes of hair loss in women
1) Physical Trauma – Like child delivery, surgery, severe illness, chemotherapy or even dramatic weight loss over a short period of time. These types of stress in the body can shock the hair’s normal cycle and cause it to shed more
2) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – This is a condition in which a woman has imbalance of female sex hormones, that can cause anything from irregular menstruation to no ovulation. This hormonal imbalance can also cause hair loss.
3) Iron deficiency – Iron in the blood facilitates the transportation of oxygen from the lungs to all the cells in the body. Iron deficiency therefore, prevents enough oxygen from getting to the scalp and this could weaken the hair and cause it to fall out.
4) Bad hair habits – This is the most common causes of hair loss among women today. These bad hair habits include; very tight braids, overuse of hair dyes and other chemicals, overuse of heat appliances to the hair and rarely deep conditioning the hair.
5) Poor diet – Insufficient protein in the diet can cause your body to start conserving protein by shutting down hair growth and facilitationg hair loss.
Tips on how to manage hair loss
If you have gone through any form of physical trauma like childbirth or surgery, just relax. With good food and good hair habits, your hair will get back to what it used to be.
For PCOS, treatment of the syndrome can help regulate the hormonal imbalance and you’ll get your hair back in no time.
If you have been certified by your doctor as been iron deficient, you need to start taking foods that are high in iron like unripe plantains and green leafy vegetables.
If you fall in the category of women with bad hair habits, you need to make a change. Lay off the tight braids, over-retouching and dying of hair for a while. Treat your hair with eggs, honey and avacado pear as these will give your hair the much needed protein. Also deep condition your hair frequently.
Include more protein, like fish, beans, meat and eggs, into your diet. Your body needs protein to function optimally.