From the Barbie dolls we played with when we were young, to the long luscious hair we see on models on social media, the notion of having long and healthy hair has been embedded in us as being a symbol of beauty and femininity. With so much emphasis being placed on our hair, finding out that your hair is thinning out and the possibility of bald spots can be horrifying. If you are suffering from these issues, fret not and read on, as we will be telling you more about what is happening to you, and some things that you can do to tackle this problem of yours head on.
Your hair has a natural growth cycle, and even in perfectly normal and healthy people, hair still falls out. In fact, most people will lose around 50 to 100 strands of hair every day. This happens naturally when you are combing and washing your hair, or even when you are simply out and about in your day. However, since the growth cycle of hair does not stop, the hair that has fallen out is continuously replaced by new hair. There are three cycles in hair growth—anagen, catagen and telogen. At any point of time, around 90% of your hair is in the anagen growth phase, which can span from two to eight years. The next stage, catagen, usually lasts for 2 to 3 weeks. In this stage, the hair follicle shrinks. In the telogen stage, the hair rests for around 2 to 4 months. Hence, most of the time, your hair is in a stage of growth.
When women are suffering from hair loss, they will typically first notice a wider part and an incremental decrease in the overall volume of their hair. The thinning usually concentrates at the crown, and can starts any time after puberty. However, women normally find themselves noticeably losing hair once they reach menopause, where changes in their hormones might trigger this condition.
Here are the 9 factors that could be the culprit:
If your mum or aunts are suffering from female hair loss, this increases your risk of suffering from it too. So, if you are wondering why your hair is falling out, an easy thing you can do is look at the hair of your female relatives. If you spot a trend in your family, the problem could well probably lie in your genes. Female pattern hair loss can affect up to 50% of women, so you are not alone. While it usually occurs in the late 50s or 60s, some people can be affected even as young as when they are just teens. In a usual hair cycle, every time a normal hair follicle sheds, it will be replaced by hair of the same size. However, for some women with female pattern hair loss, the hair is replaced with hair that is thinner. The hair follicles continue to shrink and might eventually stop growing completely.
If you are experiencing a sudden loss of hair, it might not be due to your genes, but caused by a medical condition. There are many conditions that can result in hair loss, from anemia to thyroid disorders, and even pregnancy. Autoimmune diseases and polycystic ovary syndrome are also known to cause hair loss in females. If you are suspecting that your hair loss is caused by some underlying medical condition, do get it checked out at your doctors to be safe. It could be a telling sign that something else is going on with your health, so it is better to be safe than sorry. A simple blood test might be all is needed to make sure that your hair loss is not caused by these diseases, so do pop by the clinic for a quick check.
The pattern of hair loss in women and men can be different. While men’s hair usually starts receding from their forehead or crown, women usually experience thinning that first occurs at the top half of their scalp. This can be obvious when you are putting your hair up in a ponytail, as you might see that more of your scalp can be seen.
Your hair loss could very well ben self-inflicted, as the hairstyles that you choose to put your hair in everyday can also impact hair loss. Hairstyles that are too tight and pulls on your hair—such as tight braids and cornrows, can cause traction alopecia. If your hair is tugged on continuously, the hair loss caused by it might even become permanent when the hair follicle is scarred beyond any repair. Hence, it is recommended for you to try changing up your hairstyles, and not to wear a single hairstyle for too long. Also, as much as possible, opt for looser styles that will not tug on your scalp when you are putting your hair up. Besides that, going in to the hair salon too often for dyes and chemical treatments can also take a huge toll on your hair, resulting in damage to your hair and a ton of breakage. Even simple things such as toweling your hair dry can make a difference—aggressive drying and rubbing of your hair when it is wet can result in hair breakage.
One of the perks of getting pregnant is that you might notice your hair becoming shinier, thicker and healthier while you are carrying your child. This is due to the changes in the levels of hormones being produced by your body. The hair growth stage is extended, and the normal shedding cycle does not occur. Once your child is born, and your estrogen levels get back to normal, the hair will resume its normal growth cycle. This will also mean that you might start to see your thick and healthy hair becoming a thing of the past. At this point, you might be shocked at what is suddenly happening to your hair. The extent of this form of hair loss varies with different people—some experience only mild shedding, while some might experience severe hair loss over a long period of time.
Hormonal changes can have a huge impact on your hair growth, and pregnancy is not the only time your hormones go crazy. Going on or off the pill can also affect your hormones, and cause hair loss. This can even happen if you are simply changing from one brand of birth control pills to another, so be prepared for the possibility of some hair loss if you are making any of these changes in your life.
Some of the medicines that you take can also induce hair loss. This includes common medicines for high blood pressure, certain antidepressants and HIV medication. If you are noticing your hair thinning out sometime after introducing some new form of medicine in your life, it could very well be one of the side effects your body is experiencing from the new medication. If this is happening and is troubling you, talk to your doctor about it, and there might be another form of medication that you can try to take that will not result in such adverse side effects.
Our hair is essentially made up of protein structures, and protein is essential for the production of new hair cells by our body. Hence, if you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your body will not be able to produce sufficient new cells to replace the one hairs when the shed.
Dandruff is a pain to have—it does not only mean a rainfall of white flakes every time you brush through your hair, but also a ton of itchiness that you will have to deal with. The frequent scratching and clawing at your scalp can result in hair loss. Luckily, if this is the cause of your hair loss, it is one of the most easily treated. A good dandruff shampoo might be all you need to stop the flaking and all the hair loss. If you find that the dandruff shampoos at your drugstore are not working well to stop your dandruff woes, consult a dermatologist or your trusty family doctor to see if there are any medical grade prescription shampoos that they can get you.
Stress can take a huge toll on your body. It does not only affect your mental health, but can also show its effects on your physical health. Extreme stress, perhaps caused by major life changing traumatic events in your life, can be a huge toil on your body. This might lead to a temporary stop in your hair growth as your body uses its resources to help you to get through this entire event.
Surgery is a quick way to cover up and treat any hair loss that you might be experiencing. Hair transplant surgery will require the removal of strips of hair from your neck and implanting them to the thinning or balding sections on your scalp. However, this is not for everybody, as it can be very expensive, burning a hole in your pocket. Besides that, it can also be highly daunting and traumatic for your body to go through a surgery. Recovery from the surgery can also come with much pain and soreness. However, if you think that surgery is the only option that will work for you and want to try it, book an appointment with a specialist in this area to discuss what would best work out for you. If you find that the benefits of surgery outweigh its costs and risks, surgery might very well be the best option for your hair loss.
Today there are so many vitamins and supplements out in the market, for every possible aliment out there. Hair loss can also be caused by deficiencies in certain essential nutrients and vitamins, so making sure that you have enough of them will help you to combat hair loss. Here are a list of vitamins that are great for healthy hair, so do keep a lookout for them out next time you visit a pharmacy:
This might not be an option everyone wants to explore, especially if you are a strong believer of natural treatments and do not like the idea of introducing unnecessary medicines into your body as much as possible. Furthermore, there could unwanted side effects such as weight gain and even facial hair! However, if you are up to trying this out, here are a selection of medications that you can take.
If you are not comfortable with putting chemicals and unknown substances into your body, here are a few natural options that you can try out. These home remedies have been passed down for years, and while they might not all be as effective for everyone, do try them and see which works best for you! These can be done even when you are not experiencing hair loss and simply want to make sure that your hair remains healthy and shiny.
As a quick fix, and before all these remedies take effect, try experimenting with different hairstyles that will help to hide your hair loss problems if you are feeling insecure about it. An easy way to make your hair appear thicker is to change your parting. This will instantly make your hair more voluminous as it is not used to being in that position. When brushing your hair, opt for brushes with soft and dense bristles instead of hard metal combs. If possible, do not keep your hair up, and that will add even more stress on your hair follicles, making your hair more prone to falling out.
If you want something more professional, visit your salon and discuss the best hairstyles for you with your hairstylist. Getting a shorter, volumising cut can make a world of difference to how your hair sits and looks, and a shorter cut also means less weight pulling down on your scalp. Changing up your hair colour can also help, but make sure that the dyes that you are using are as natural and as chemical free as possible to minimise any damage to your hair.
If these self-help remedies are not cutting it for you and you would like some professional help, Bee Choo Ladies is here for you.
We use 100% natural herbs in our treatment and products to boost hair growth. This will allow you to enjoy a thicker head of hair again, without any invasive treatment. Since we utilise natural herbs, you will also not be loading a ton of chemicals onto your hair, which might eventually do more harm than good. Our hair treatments are safe and effective, so there is no need to worry about any toxic chemicals coming into contact with your scalp. While you might be thinking that herbs often come with a strong, pungent smell, the hair products and treatments that we use do not come with any unpleasant smells. Some ancient herbs we use include ginseng, lingzhi and ginger.
This is the process of treatment you will undergo very simple, no medication, no pain but effective:
See Ms Karen’s recovery journey below:
If you are coming for treatment with us, we recommend you coming by once a week if you are currently suffering from severe hair loss. Frequency of visit can be reduced once your scalp gets stronger and healthier. We also recommend applying our daily hair supplement to increase the rate of hair growth and recovery. The Bee Choo Origin Herbal Tonic that we brew here can be used together with the treatments to get your hair back on track as fast as possible. To complete the entire package, you can also consider using our signature anti hair loss shampoo 3 to 4 times a week. With this entire package, you will soon have a healthy head of hair back.
Want to know how much it costs? It really depends on your hair length – the shorter it is, the cheaper due to lesser herbs used. 🙂 No need to sign package, you can also make payment upfront before treatment 🙂
Women usually face these 6 common hair issues:
Losing your hair can be a traumatic experience for many, especially if you are still young, so take action fast to make sure that you give yourself the best chance at having a healthy head of hair again. We hope that this gave you a bit more information about what is happening to your hair, and if you are currently suffering from hair loss, we hope to see you at Bee Choo Ladies soon!
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