Shedding and hair fallout is a normal part of everyday life. On average we lose between 50 to 100 strands a day. Shedding significantly more than that is considered hair loss and can be seriously devastating to your self esteem. The problem is there are so many potential triggers, it can be tricky to pinpoint the reason behind your hair loss. From constant styling and everyday stresses to hormones, medications, and medical conditions, we’re breaking down the causes of hair loss and giving you the best natural remedies to boost hair growth.
These are the most common causes of hair loss:
Because hair loss is genetic, you’re likely to experience the same type of hair loss pattern as your parents.
As you get older your strands become thinner, finer, and less pigmented.
Research links essential nutrient deficiencies (including iron, copper, zinc, vitamin B12, and protein) to hair loss.
When your body suffers an emotional or physical stressor, you may experience more hair fall out.
Thinning hair and hair loss can also be a sign of a Vitamin D, B12 or protein deficiency. This is something vegetarians and vegans should pay special attention to, as protein (in the form of keratin) provides the strength and structure of hair.
Dandruff or psoriasis can cause buildup in the scalp that blocks healthy hair growth.
Those with lupus, Hashimoto thyroid issues (hypothyroidism), Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism) and alopecia often experience hair thinning and hair loss at the hair shaft.
Hair care products containing toxins (like sodium lauryl sulfate, common in many shampoos) can contribute to hair loss. The Davines line of shampoos and conditioners are all natural and free of harmful toxins.
Too much heat can flatten your strands and cause them to thin or fall out.
It’s very common to shed an excessive amount of hair after a dramatic weight loss.
Some medications used to treat cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and heart problems have side effects that can contribute to hair loss.
Anything that sends your hormones out of whack ( like birth control, pregnancy or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) ) can induce shedding.
If you’re experiencing more hair fall-out than normal, try these tips:
Washing a dry scalp too often or not washing oily strands often enough can both lead to excess hair fall. If you have oily hair, you can shampoo every day or every other day. If you have dry hair or a dry scalp, stick to three times per week (if you can go longer in-between even better).
A balanced diet and exercise are especially important for healthy hair. Make sure your diet includes lots of protein and iron and get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day.
Chemical hair treatments like straightening, perming, and coloring can be damaging to your hair strands. If you’re noticing more shedding than usual, it’s a good idea to lay off the chemical treatments for a while.
Massaging your scalp with oil, or oiling, improves blood flow and circulation and nourishes your roots. Massage your scalp once a week with coconut oil. Cover it with a shower cap and shampoo it out after two hours.
Sweating dehydrates your hair and can lead to bacterial growth, fungal infections, and blocked pores. Shower every time you exercise or use a blow dryer on a low, cool setting to keep your scalp free of sweat.
Cigarette smoke contains harmful toxins that can lead to a weak immune system. They also damage the hair follicles, leading to increased hair fall. Not to mention, smoking cigarettes can cause cancer.
Alcohol reduces the body’s ability to absorb the essential vitamins and minerals needed for hair growth and hair strengthening.
A lack of sleep can increase hormone levels, making the hair follicles weak, causing hair loss. Getting 6-7 hours of sleep reduces stress and strengthens the immune system.
These natural supplements and home remedies can help with hair loss.
Eating foods with biotin, or vitamin B7 can help with hair fall. Foods like eggs, wheat germ, and mushrooms contain a high amount of biotin. Incorporate these into your diet or take a biotin and collagen supplement to help with hair regrowth.
This homemade egg mask will help stimulate hair growth. Add 2 tablespoons of freshly brewed green tea to 1-2 egg yolks. Mix well and apply the mask from root to tip.
Fenugreek is an herb used in cooking and medicine, and it’s also used as a home remedy to promote hair growth. Fenugreek is safe for most people, but you should avoid it if you have a chickpea or peanut allergy.
Aloe vera reduces dandruff and unblocks hair follicles to soothe and calm the scalp. Massage pure aloe vera gel directly into your scalp a few times a week.
The sulfur in onion juice helps hair growth. Juice an onion and mix it with water and use it as a hair rinse twice a day for 2 weeks. But be warned, this will smell so plan this treatment accordingly.
Licorice root tea has lots of health benefits, one of which is strengthening the hair. You can drink it daily, but no more than 3-cups a day.
Incorporate the following into your diet to combat hair loss and promote new hair growth.
Incorporate these tips into your hair care routine for healthy hair.
We lose about 80 strands of hair a day, making shedding and hair fall out a normal part of everyday life. But losing significantly more than that means you’re likely dealing with hair loss. Noticeable thinning strands can be stressful and devastating to your self-esteem and with so many potential triggers, it can be tricky to pinpoint the reason behind your hair loss. If you’re suddenly dealing with more hair fall out than usual, try incorporating these tips and natural remedies into your daily lifestyle and hair care routine. If your hair loss is persistent and you’re not noticing any new hair growth, see your doctor, as it may be an indication of a more serious concern.
by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor
Cover photo by @goldandglowco