- Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions and diseases can cause hair loss, such as autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata, which leads to patchy hair loss, and conditions like lupus (SLE) and diabetes.
- Medications and Treatments: Some medications and medical treatments can result in hair loss as a side effect. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, anticoagulants, beta-blockers, and certain antidepressants are examples.
- Stress: Significant physical or emotional stress can lead to a temporary shedding of hair, known as telogen effluvium. Hair usually regrows once the stress is managed.
- Poor Nutrition: Lack of essential nutrients, particularly protein, vitamins (such as iron, vitamin D, and biotin), can lead to hair loss.
- Weight Loss or Rapid Weight Changes: Dramatic weight loss or sudden changes in weight can impact the hair growth cycle, causing temporary hair loss.
- Hairstyling and Treatments: Excessive use of harsh hair treatments, such as frequent bleaching, colouring, perming, or using hot styling tools, can damage the hair shaft and lead to breakage.
- Age: As people age, the rate of hair growth slows down, and hair can become thinner and more prone to falling out.
- Infections: Fungal infections of the scalp, like ringworm, can cause hair loss if left untreated. Contact us if you would like natural solutions to manage these infections.
- Immune System Attacks: Conditions where own’s own immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, can occur. The most commin is alopecia areata, which results in hair loss.
- Chemicals and Toxins: Exposure to certain chemicals and toxins, including some found in water, air, or even hair care products, can lead to hair loss. Unfortunately there is not a reliable method to test hair for a build-up of these, but you can test a sample of your hair for minerals and heavy metals. Find out more here.
It’s important to note that the specific cause of hair loss can vary from person to person. If you’re experiencing hair loss, especially if it’s sudden or accompanied by other symptoms, it’s recommended to consult a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment or management recommendations.
Simple Strategies to Minimise Hair Loss
- Specific Dietary Supplements: We recommend you consult a healthcare professional before taking any supplements, but certain vitamins and minerals like biotin, vitamin D, and iron are associated with healthy hair growth.
- Scalp Care: Keep your scalp clean and well-maintained. Regular scalp massages can help improve blood circulation and stimulate hair follicles.
- Regular application of Rosemary essential oil scalp treatment: Click here to read more about rosemary essential oil to help halt hair loss.
- Consult a Professional: If you notice excessive hair shedding or thinning, consult a healthcare professional to identify the underlying cause and receive appropriate guidance.
Remember, consistent and gentle care, combined with a healthy lifestyle, can go a long way in maintaining the health of your hair and minimising the risk of hair loss.