Hair loss in women is pretty common these days unfortunately. You know that thing where you wash you hair and look down in the shower to see lots of hair in the plughole and you can’t believe it’s all come out of your head!
It’s normal to lose some hair every day, but if you start loosing loads, it can be quite a worry. In order to stop it happening, like most things, we need to think about what has caused it.
Causes of hair loss
Isn’t this the number one cause of most illness? Because stress puts such an enormous strain on our bodies, it causes endless health issues, one of them being hair loss. The way to deal with this is to deal with your stress ….. there are hundreds of ways to deal with stress, but mindfulness is a good place to start. Or perhaps going for an Indian Head Massage, which is not only stress-relieving but will help stimulate your scalp.
Hormone changes, particularly a couple of months after giving birth, often cause considerable hair loss. Fortunately, this normally passes. Mine fell out pretty badly after my son and it grew back just as thick after about 6 months.
A tight pony tail
Don’t pull your hair into tight buns or pony tails or plats or whatever, all that strain on the hair, eventually it will snap off and you hair line will recede. Over-styling and pulling at your hair in general can cause it to fall out so always be gentle and use gentle products.
Low iron levels
This can cause your hair to thin, and for your nails to be brittle, it often happens to women who are peri-menopausal or menopausal because we can lose quite a lot of iron with heavy periods. If you think this might be the problem, then get your iron levels checked with your GP and take a supplement, or make sure you are eating plenty of iron-rich foods. Click here to read more about iron.
General poor diet
Just as a poor diet will cause skin and health issues, it will also contribute to poor hair health, you’ve heard it before – you are what you eat, so try to eat a good balanced diet and this will help your hair in general. You can buy supplements that aid good hair health and they tend to contain high levels of zinc and B vitamins.
Either under or over active thyroid can cause hair loss. If you suspect this might be the problem, go to your GP to get it sorted and your hair should recover once you are balanced.
Often the side-effects of medicines is hair loss. This is because they alter the way our bodies work. You will need to have a good read through the notes of the medications you take and their side effects, and talk through any issues with your GP.
Such as eczema or psoriasis on the scalp. These would be addressed mainly by looking at your diet, but of course, using really gentle hair care products will go a long way to aiding scalp issues.
Basically, your hair health is a reflection of what’s going on in your body, so if you are having a real problem with hair loss, it’s time to look at your overall health.
Once you’ve addressed the issues above, make sure you are using really good natural hair care products, so you are not overloading your scalp with toxins. Pop over to our hair page where you can see more about our gorgeous Aloe Vera & Lavender Shampoo and Strengthen & Smooth Hair Oil. When you are washing your hair with it, make sure you give your scalp a lovely slow massage to help increase blood flow to your scalp. The lavender and patchouli essential oils in the shampoo will help to stimulate the scalp and encourage new hair growth. And the geranium in the hair oil will help to balance hormones and sebum production.
Hope this helps.