Occasionally, you may find that you are shedding significantly more hair than usual but when or should you be worried about hair loss?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, we shed between 50 to 100 hairs daily and that’s completely normal.
Excessive hair shedding usually takes place a few months after a stressful event, such as :
In the above situations, hair loss is temporary and will usually resolve itself.
On the other hand, hair loss can be persistent if it is caused by genetics, immune disorders, ageing, use of certain medications, inflammatory skin conditions and
If you notice that you are persistently losing hair over a period of time, it is best to visit a dermatologist as soon as possible as they will be ables to find the cause of your hair loss and treat it accordingly.
While hair losss due to natural causes like ageing and gentics can be hard to reverse, there are things you can do to keep your hair from further thinning.
Hair dryers, hot curlers, chemical treatments, hair dyes or styling your hair in tight braids or updo’s can cause dry, brittle and thinning hair.
To prevent further damage, leave your hair in its natural colour and texture (i.e. straight or curly). If that is not possible due to professional reasons, give your hair ample time to recover between dyes, chemical treatments or blowout appointments.
Washing and conditioning your hair regularly helps keep your hair shiny, healthy and clean. choose a mild shampoo that best suits your hair type.
If you can, opt for less damaging hair tools. For example, use a sponge curler instead of a hot iron to curl your hair.
To dry your hair, use an absorbent towel or let your hair gently air-dry.
As for brushes, choose one that is moderately stiff and made from natural bristles as these types of brushes are less likely to damage your hair.
Brush your hair from the scalp to the ends of your hair to distribute its natural oils. Do it gently and avoid brushing your hair when wet.
If you need to detangle your hair after a shower, use a wide-toothed comb.
References : American Academy of Dermatology, WebMD
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