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Beauty / Health and wellbeing | 20.10.2016

hair loss: the long and short of it

Hair loss can be a harrowing experience, especially if you don't know what's causing it. If you wake up one day and notice your hair is thinning or falling out, don't skip straight to the worst possible conclusion, because there could be many reasons why you’re noticing more hair than usual on your brush or on the shower floor.

There are three different hair growth cycles: anagen, catagen and telogen. 

Normally, 85 to 95 per cent of your hair is growing (anagen phase), which lasts from 2 to 8 years. The catagen phase is a transitional phase and lasts 2 to 3 weeks, during which time the hair follicle shrinks. During the telogen phase, the hair rests (2 to 4 months). After the resting period, this hair naturally falls out (often while you're brushing or shampooing your hair) and is replaced by new growth.

Most people lose between 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, but it can be up to 250 on a hair-washing day.

But this process can be interrupted by a number of factors and about 60 per cent of women experience hair thinning or hair loss at some point in their lives.

Stress

Any kind of stress, from the flu to a major trauma, can cause temporary hair loss. A big shock or stressful event can halt the hair cycle, forcing your hair to skip straight to the shedding phase. Don’t worry, your hair will grow back when your body recovers from the trauma.

Pregnancy and childbirth

During pregnancy you’re more likely to feel your hair is thicker and shinier, because the higher levels of estrogen prolong the growth phase, resulting in less shedding of hair. You might notice your hair’s texture changes during pregnancy too, and becomes straighter, curlier or shinier. After giving birth, however, the growth/rest cycle goes back to its regular pattern and you may notice your hair falling out. The shock of birth can also cause you to lose some hair, but once your body recovers, it should grow back normally. 

too much vitamin A

Very high doses of vitamin A either taken in supplements or acne medications such as Roaccutaine can trigger hair loss. To overdose on vitamin A you’d need to take double the recommended daily intake (about 2300 International Units - IU) but some supplements may contain up to 10,000 IU. Again, an easy one to remedy. Once you reduce your vitamin A intake, your hair loss should stop. The best way to get your vitamin A is through food, not supplements. Red, yellow, orange and dark green vegetables and eggs are all good sources.

Too little protein

Paleo peeps don’t need to worry about this one, but if you’re low on protein, your body may try to compensate by slowing or stopping hair growth. It might take a few months after you drop your protein intake to notice the difference. Make sure you eat quality protein sources that will contribute to thick, shiny hair.

Male pattern baldness

Women get the raw end of the deal when it comes to how quickly our skin ages, because men’s skin is thicker and slower to form lines and wrinkles. But when it comes to hair thinning, men lose out. About two out of three men have hair loss by the age of 60 due to male pattern baldness. It’s a combination of genes and male sex hormones that sends the hair packing.

Female pattern hair loss

The female version of male pattern baldness is called androgenic or androgentic alopecia. You’ll be more prone to it if you have other women in your family with hair loss or thinning. Usually, when a normal hair follicle is shed, it’s replaced by hair that is equal in size. But in women with female-pattern hair loss, the new hair is finer and thinner. The hair follicles shrink and eventually quit growing altogether. Remedies include anything from strong (and toxic) hair solutions and medications to transplants, tinted sprays and even platelet-rich plasma to stimulate hair growth. 

medical conditions

If there’s no obvious cause for your hair to be thinning or falling out, it might be worth getting a blood test to rule out a serious medical issue, such as a thyroid imbalance or autoimmune disease.

use nourishing, organic hair products

Shampoos, conditioners and hair products packed with toxic rubbish can cause your hair to become dry, dull and lifeless and more prone to splitting, breaking and falling out. If you're worried about hair loss or thinning, use gentle, organic hair products to look after your hair really well. The last thing you want to do is make the situation any worse by using the wrong products. 

Rest assured all Mukti Organics products contain natural and organic ingredients designed to nurture your hair and make sure it's in really good condition.

Botanique shampoo – Restores shine, body and bounce without using harsh detergents and sulfates that strip the hair and irritate the scalp. 

Botanique conditioner – Our gentle conditioner will strengthen and hydrate your strands, assist with detangling so you don’t lose as much hair in washing and combing, and leave your luscious locks feeling soft and full-bodied. 

Luxe hair serum – Our revolutionary silicone-free hair serum gives your hair superior smoothness and frizz protection and improves manageability, shine and softness.  

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