For most people, thinking about their hair is limited to whether it is time for a haircut, or if they want to change up the color and style. All of that changes however, when the first drifts of hair start to come out on your pillow, in the shower, or in your hairbrush.
It’s common to look for fixable solutions before blaming genetics. If your lifestyle isn’t the best for growing long, luscious locks, you may think it’s what you eat or how you live that’s causing your hair loss. Sometimes, this is the case. Other times, you’ll need to visit a dermatologist or hair loss specialist to see what is really going on.
If you’re not sure, here are a few lifestyle habits that might well be causing your hair loss.
Wearing Tight Hairstyles
If your favorite look involves pulling your hair back out of your face in a tight ponytail, that hairstyle may be causing hair loss in the form of traction alopecia. The tight ponytail can damage hair follicles and pull your hair right out of your scalp.
This might explain your hairline rising around your temples, but it won’t explain hair piled up in your hairbrush or coming up in alarming amounts.
A few key vitamins and minerals are needed to produce your hair, and if you’re not getting them it can lead to hair loss. Iron, zinc, and B vitamins are among those deficiencies that can cause your hair loss to occur or worsen.
A change in diet that includes healthy foods and are rich in minerals and vitamins can reverse hair loss in about 6 months if this is the cause of your hair loss, but you may want to visit a hair loss specialist first to ensure this is the actual cause of the problem.
Lack of Sleep
One final cause of hair loss from lifestyle is lack of sleep. Your body needs sufficient sleep to generate adult stem cells; and stress from lack of sleep can cause your hair to fall out. If your hair loss is caused by lack of sleep, then reducing stress and getting more shut eye can indeed reverse your hair loss.
When It’s Not Your Lifestyle
If your hair is coming out in clumps from specific areas around your head, it could be male or female pattern baldness. When you notice excess hair fall, your best bet is to see a hair loss specialist to get a clear picture of what’s going on before it’s too late to help for non-lifestyle causes.
While lifestyle related hair loss is reversible, many other kinds aren’t. The earlier you find out, the easier it will be to repair your hairline and get back to your normal life.
Even if it turns out that it is lifestyle, knowing can give you the peace of mind that your hair loss isn’t permanent, and can give you the chance to address the problems for the return of your hair with a few months of work.
For more information or to schedule a free hair loss consultation, contact Hair Replacement Clinic in Dayton, Ohio today. We not only serve all of Ohio and Kentucky, but all surrounding states as well.