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5 Major Causes Of Hair Fall And How To Deal With It

Updated on February 21, 2014
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Do you dread looking at your hair brush after running it through your hair? Well, such a reaction seems to be quite common. Here are a couple of reasons why hair loss takes place, and I’ve also been kind enough to tell you how to deal with it.

1. Improper diet:

We’ve heard this one before, but ignore it very often. A bad diet, ie, a diet that lacks the necessary vitamins and minerals or one that comprises of a lot of junk food can be detrimental to your health and hair. This leads to nutritional deficiencies which, in turn, leads to hair loss.

Here’s what to do: Eat right. Include foodstuffs that are rich proteins and iron. Eat a lot of nuts as well, especially walnuts. Remember Popeye? Well, he was right. Spinach and broccoli provide multiple health benefits. And, stay away from junk food. At least try to!

2. Family History:

Blame it on your genes! No, not on your mother. There is a hereditary condition called Androgenetic Alopecia that effects people of all ethnicities and can be the culprit of hair loss among 95% men and 70% women. So, if you’re a little over 20 and your hair has already started to thin, this might be the condition you’re afflicted with.

Here’s what to do: Well, not much really. (You can go ahead occasionally and vent it out on your parents or grandparents or someone from the ill-fated family tree) The best thing to do, though, is to follow a healthy lifestyle and hair care regimen. Avoid factors that can accelerate the problem and you’ll be fine. Almost.

3. Physical / Emotional Stress:

We encounter stressful situations every day. Although stress doesn’t precipitate hair loss, it can worsen a problem that’s already there. Stress can also lead to spells of insomnia and this really does a number on your precious tresses!

Here’s what to do: This is one cause of hair fall that we think we have no control over, when we actually do. There are several ways to deal with emotional stress, from a good jog or swim, to talk therapy, to hugging a friend or simply giving the person who’s responsible for the stress a piece of your mind! The key is to vent it out. If you’re too scared or lazy to follow the above steps, just create a mental picture of a bald you. There! Motivated now, aren’t you?

4. Hairstyles and Overstyling:

We all like to twist and turn our locks into the latest hairstyles. But remember, you need locks to do that. Overuse of curling irons, blow dryers and hair straightners does cause damage to your hair. It is true that it doesn’t really ‘kill’ your hair, but it does contribute to the extra few limp strands hanging from your brush. Certain hairstyles contribute to hair loss as well. Very tight ponytails, braids and the overuse of hair pins will cause hair strands to break or even uproot them from the root.

Here’s what to do: Make sure to use the right products, like heat protecting serums and leave-in conditioners. Give your scalp an oil massage at least twice a week. There are many shampoos, conditioners and other products that are specially designed to deal with the problems of hair fall.

Loreal’s Fall Repair 3X Range is a good example. You can check out the product here:

As for the hairstyling part, the most you can do is give these complicated, hair-wrenching styles a wide birth. (There are tons of other styles you can try out.)

5. Ageing:

This was kind of a no-brainer, but I listed it down to help you come to terms with this fact. (It’s one my mom particularly hates)

I was trying to find out if there is a particular age from which we start losing hair, but I couldn’t pin-point any specific number. But it is a fact that as we grow older, we do start losing more hair.

Here’s what to do: Embrace it! Or go in for a hair transplant or a wig or many colourful scarves. Personally, I think it’s better to accept it and yet be as careful and religious about our hair care routines as we were before!


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      Cherylann Mollan 4 years ago from India

      @DreamOn: :) True that. Massages increase blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles. This definitely strengthens hair roots, so while it cannot bring back lost hair, it does a good job of strengthening the hair you have left. Besides, head massages feel really great when you have a headache, or just a bad day! I really likes what you said about couple time. :) Between couples, I guess all massages have only positive outcomes!

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I love your tips and understanding why people lose their hair may help. I wonder if constant head massages can bring back hair loss and if not it still feels so so good to take any stress that comes your way. A fun way for couples to share some time together and laugh it off if everything else doesn't work. Hair today gone tomorrow.

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      Cherylann Mollan 4 years ago from India

      Thanks DDE! appreciate you stoppping by. :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub about hair loss and the specific reason for such issues. Your ideas sound helpful and are most useful to all readers.

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      Cherylann Mollan 4 years ago from India

      Hi Jasmeet! Glad you found the hub informative. I think it's good to be reminded now and then of lifestyle choices that negatively effect our health, hair and happiness, although we know which ones they are. It helps us take stock of our lives and modify our habits, at least for a couple of days! Then, we need to be reminded again. :)

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      Jasmeet Kaur 4 years ago from India

      Very informative hub.. most of us know the reason of hair fall but we fail to deal with it. We know it can be because of improper diet, but we fail to change our eating habits. We know it may be because of stress, but again today's life is very stressful... But thanks for sharing some easy to do things like jogging, swimming & yeah talking to friends and sharing with them... its really stress buster... :)