5 reasons why your hair is falling so much

Hairfall is a common complaint for women nowadays. Here's how you may be damaging your hair

By Hareem Fatima

KARACHI: Hairfall is an issue that frustrates most women at every age. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, losing anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day is normal.

But what are you doing wrong if you’re losing more than a hundred strands per day? We list down 5 explanations for why your hair is falling so much.

You live in Karachi

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Yes, you read that right. Karachi is a hub of all major industries and offices of Pakistan, the hustle-bustle, the soot, and the air quality are various contributing factors to hair fall. Not only this, but even noise pollution can sometimes be a major stress creator which can ultimately speed up hair fall even further. However, there is another major villain in your hair fall story and that is the sea.

The numerous minerals from the sea vaporize in the air around you, causing that salt to settle in your hair making it rough and weak. To reduce the effects of this, one can use good quality water to wash their hair, instead of regular tap water. Oiling can also help by creating a barrier between the hair and the surrounding air. Surrounding yourself with plants can also help improve air quality at home.

You’re tying your hair too tight

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Seriously, loosen up! Tight ponytails, hats, scarves and bandanas can all pull on the hair and lead to hair loss through a process called traction alopecia. The constant tension to the scalp irritates it and may cause your hair to fall out. One of the potential solutions for hair loss in women is to wear your hair down to eliminate tension.

You are undergoing physical or emotional stress

Extreme physical or emotional stress in women can trigger hair loss. Such kind of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. Circumstances that may be factors of this condition could be an injury, surgery, blood loss, weight loss, a sudden diet change, health conditions like PCOS, or emotional trauma. Sometimes hair loss is also your body’s reaction to mediation.

While asking people to not stress is useless, one can try to nullify the effects stress can have on your hair by avoiding things that cause you distress. Surround yourself with plants for a detox, by making your surroundings calmer. Also, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet not only reduces the effects of physical stress but helps rejuvenate cells and regrow your hair.

You are giving it too much heat and chemicals

Although for people living in many parts of Pakistan, heat is a given. However, nothing damages hair more than styling it consecutively with heating appliances such as straighteners, curlers and blow dryers. A good way to combat hair loss due to heat can be by avoiding taking hot showers, or at least wash your hair separately with water that is not heated. Using a good heat protection spray before using a heating appliance on hair can also be of help.

Avoiding long term changes to your hair that require chemicals should be avoided.

You are reacting to your hormones

Hormones. What a major driving force in every woman’s life. Hormonal imbalance can lead to hair fall and that can be caused by various factors, such as child birth, changes in sex life, emotional stress, a major surgery, an injury near a reproductive organ and sometimes, even an annoying ex.

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In conclusion, these are just some average causes of hair fall, although there can always be some extreme ones that need medical attention.

We wish you a great hair day!

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