10 Shocking Ways Your Hair Can Fall Out

You know it, but you choose to remain in denial. You see the hair thinning but you’re convinced it’s because its straight. You lie to yourself and say “It’s always been like this”. Some of you might even try to shrug it off saying “It’ll grow back”. GIRL! You need to face the facts that your hair is probably falling out.

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The horror of finding your hair fallen in your shower, on the bed, on the dresser, and everywhere on the floor is a nightmare that many of us can relate to. Admittedly, there may have been times when this hair loss problem has gotten out of hand, to the extent that you actually wonder whether the hair on your head will even last a month. Some of you might even wonder what could be causing the problem. Is it unavoidable or does your hair fall due to lack of care? To answer these most frequently asked questions we have come up with a list of the top 10 reasons why hair falls!

Bodily sufferings:

You may find it surprising, but injuries inflicted on your body like car accidents, surgery or diseases like the common flu, may become the reason of your hair thinning. Each hair has its own life cycle and when physical stress disrupts this continuity, more hair is forced into the ending phase of the cycle. Hence, the increased rate of hair loss. The hair loss that can result from these conditions may become the cause of worry for you, but this hair shed is temporary and will probably end soon to allow your hair to grow back as healthy as before!

Insufficient diet:

You are what you eat. There is much significance behind this saying as the food you eat plays an important role in making up every part of your body, as well as your hair. Eating less than the required amount of proteins can really upset your growth systems and affect your hair. The hair strands can start to get thin and brittle, and will eventually fall off. This type of hair loss can last a long time if you don’t take note of your diet, however, if you correct your food intake, the hair loss can stop, and even new hair can start growing.

Male patterned hair fall:

75% of men suffer from baldness. What is the cause? The genes of your family combined with the male hormones. This hair loss follows a characteristic pattern, with the hairline receding at the temples. You may have started to worry, but, there is still hope. Certain medications and ointments are available that especially target this type of baldness to help relieve the male population of this condition. Our founder also has gadgets to help with hair loss.

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Daily stresses:

Emotional problems have long been associated with an unhealthy body. Along with the other systems affected, your hair also suffers as part of the damage. However, recent evidence suggests that emotional stress is not the actual culprit responsible. It does not create a hair loss condition, on the contrary, it exacerbates a previous problem to make chunks of your hair fall out. The best way out of this situation is to give yourself a rest and try various ways to eliminate the stress from your life.

Anemic body:

A major part of our population is anemic. Most women suffer, and due to their blood containing extremely low levels of iron, their hair begins to fall out. This is a rapidly reversible condition and can be easily treated with supplements. Contact your doctor to find out whether you really have the problem or not. If you do, the doctor will certainly prescribe you the appropriate treatment.

Vitamin imbalances:

The B vitamins are necessary for the health of your hair. This is another easily correctable reason for hair loss. The hair loss can be reversed by adding foods in your diet that are high in B vitamins, such as fish, meat, and non-citrus fruits. You can also consult your doctor to include supplements for fast reversal of this hair condition.

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Major weight loss:

Many of us dream of losing large amounts of weight in a short period of time. Many diets are available on the internet that help you reach your goals. However, what you don’t realize is that such dramatic weight loss can affect the hair on your head drastically. It will lose its shine, strength and will ultimately fall off. So, before trying out those super-fast ways for early weight loss, give that ‘mop’ on your head a quick thought.

Extensive hair styling:

You may never expect this as a cause of your hair loss, but over-styling your hair and frequent treatments can and will damage your hair. Those hair strands that come away every time you make intricate braids in your head are lost forever and if done often can lead to massive hair loss. Obviously, the treatment is simple. Avoid tearing off the hair from your scalp too often, make styles that don’t pull on the strands too hard and opt for hair treatments only when you really need them.

Bearing a child:

Pregnancy is one of the major phases in which women suffer hair loss. Many factors contribute. The havoc of maternal hormones flying about, the emotional stress of the time and the physical stress that your body is in, all contribute in making your hair fall out. Of course, there is no immediate fix, but we can assure you that this hair fall is temporary and once your pregnancy is over, your hair condition is most likely to go back to normal.

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The ripe old age:

We all know that hair falls as more numbers are added to our age. One day, all of us will lose part of our hair to this natural phenomenon, however, for some people, this aging process begins sooner than usual. This may cause you stress, but the best way to go around this condition is to simply accept it. Some people have opted for cosmetic surgery’s such as hair transplants, but the risks of such a procedure need to be properly evaluated.

All in all, there is no end to the reasons that could make hair fall. As explained, we cannot put enough stress on the need to correct your diet and living habits as these are the major factors that could be causing hair loss in the average person. Needless to say, your hair won’t improve the very day you change your routine. Even miracles take time. If you are consistent, however, there is no reason why you won’t get the luxurious hair that you once had, back!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A medical student with a passion for writing. Professionally pursuing this hobby, she has written for many career blogs and health and fitness websites. Combining her knowledge with the unique pen ship skills, Aiman Ibrash has started her climb to fame, for which she devotes much of her free time. Juggling medicine with her passion, she still finds time to enjoy reading and cooking in her free time.

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3 Differences Between a Hair Stylist & a Trichologist

You wake up one morning crawling out of bed tired, but ready to start your day. You check your social pages and browse through your texts hoping for a good morning text. Boom! that cutie you went on a date with sent you one early in the morning and you gained a few followers over night. Today is going to be a good day! After showering and throwing on your best dress, you are ready to slay your day. All you have to do is style your hair and…wayment, is that chunk of hair mine? You reach up to touch your hair and easily pull another clump of strands out. What is going on?! Panicking you reach for your phone and dial…well who would you dial?

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While this scenario may be just an awful nightmare for you there are plenty of women who wake up to this every day. Some choose to ignore it and others shed a few tears. When it comes to hair loss, people aren’t sure who to go to. Believe it or not, there are a group of people who would know how to handle this situation and it isn’t your hair stylist, it’s a Trichologist. A Trichologist is also known as a hair loss specialist. While a Trichologist could be a hair stylist as well, there are differences between the two like:

  1. Education – Just like a doctor can specialize in cardiology or oncology, a hair stylist can choose to specialize in hair loss. A hair stylist only learns cosmetology and does their hours, a Trichologist has to participate in extensive training and earn certifications.
  2. Knowledge – I could not tell you what I know today 15 years ago before I started my hair loss journey. As a stylist, I knew how to style hair but trichology has allowed me to go more in depth with the study.
  3. Equipment – In order to target the source of the hair loss on each client there are a lot of tools required. I currently have a hair scope to view my clients scalp during a consultation to determine the cause of hair loss. I also have laser hair therapy equipment to treat that hair loss.

Trichology (from the Greek word “Trikhos” meaning hair) is the branch of science that deals with diseases, disorders, and functions of the hair and scalp

While your first step may be to call your stylist, you really want to be referred to a Trichologist. Many of my clients have been referred to me from their hair stylist, some found me on Google. When you do reach out to a Trichologist, make sure you schedule a consultation and ask for their certifications. You want to make sure they are credible and have knowledge on the topic. I should also warn you that a consultation typically takes up to two hours and will require a lot of background information so be prepared to sit for a few.

What You Need To Know About Traction Alopecia

Have you noticed your edges thinning? Do you see your scalp when you pull your hair up? You could have Traction Alopecia and it is NOT something you want to sleep on. Recently a woman found this out the hard way after removing an install at the hair salon exposing her receding hair line. Unfortunately, this has been a common for many millennial women and it’s time to stop ignoring it and address the problem.

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Traction Alopecia is a form of Alopecia also known as gradual hair loss. It’s caused primarily by pulling of the hair. This can occur with styles that pull the hair like ponytails, braids that are too tight, anything that gives excess pulling like barrettes. We’ve seen this occur on a few celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Tamar Braxton, Jessie J, and now I’m seeing it on a daily basis with my own clients.

Don’t be mistaken, Traction Alopecia isn’t just affecting women of color. Traction Alopecia has been around long even before weaves. I would say it’s probably more prevalent among African Americans because of the current trendy styles in urban culture, but it can also come from barettes which were around before weaves. I’ve come across many ballerinas that deal with the hair loss as well due to the tight buns that are worn frequently. Any type of hair pulling is detrimental to the hair follicles but I admit when it comes to Black women, the hair loss is very common. They are getting braids and extenstions and getting it done tightly because they think it will last longer that way but it is actually doing the opposite.

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You should take immediate precautions for your hair and take the steps to prevent Traction Alopecia. You can prevent Traction Alopecia by:

  1. Wearing hairstyles without the tension on your hair. Some people worry about their edges in their hairstyles looking puffy, but you don’t need to have your hair pulled so tightly that it raises your eyebrows.
  2. Switching up the hairstyle so that there isn’t constant pulling to your hair. If you’re always about that bun life, make sure you are wearing your hair down in between to give it a break.

 

If you do see it don’t let it go untreated, if you do the follicle will begin to miniaturize it and the hair that once grew there will not be able to grow because there is no room for the strand to grow. If you begin to see it go see a hair loss specialist immediately for treatment. As long as the follicle is living, it’s repairable so the sooner the better. Have you noticed thinning in your edges?

Things To Avoid From Getting Your Edges Snatched When Wearing “Protective Styles”

Summer is approaching and that means plenty of protective styles for women of color. Whether you’re going for a poetic justice look with your thick braids or Beyoncé slay with long extensions, any look that keeps your hair wrapped up in braids is sure to provide the protection you need. This has been the mantra for many women of color who seem to always choose to hibernate their hair for the summer in efforts to protect it from the chlorine found in pool parties or the heat from those flatirons when humidity refuses to let you be great. Unfortunately, this concept has left many women looking like this…

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When a young woman visited a salon in Atlanta, she was distraught. For years she had worn braids, extensions, and wigs in efforts to protect her hair. Instead, she ended up with major hair loss around her edges and breakage everywhere else. While this woman was brave enough to share her struggle with the internet, there are many women who deal with the same problems and have no clue how to fix it.

Natalie McNeil, Owner of Ends Hair Design & Spa, has dedicated her life to hair loss taking many courses on the subject from Dermatologists and Trichologists. Her salon features many tools to prevent and treat hair loss including laser hair therapy, laser combs, and even supplements.

“When a client reaches out to me about hair loss, I always schedule a free consultation where we assess the damage and get to the root of the cause.”

Many of the causes for hair loss in young women involve poor protective styling. There are many things you should look out for before throwing in that Brazillian or snatching up that Marley hair. Unless you want to spend your winter regrowing your edges, I suggest you watch out for these things.

  1. Tight Braids – you do not, I repeat, you DO NOT have to have tight braids pulling your scalp in order to have a nice style. If you have a stylist who is snatching all of your edges then you need to advise her not to or take your dollars elsewhere
  2. Your friend’s house – Yes your girlfriend does the best braids and sure she does it for cheap. Know that if you continue to keep going to her for your protective styles that you will pay for it later. Your friend isn’t aware of the techniques to retain your hair growth, that’s why its best to go to a licensed cosmetologist and get your style.
  3. Expired styles – Every hair style has an expiration date on it. A wash & curl only last for 2 weeks and short hair cuts tend to only last 1 week. Unfortunately protective styles have an expiration date on them also. You should only be wearing an install in for 6 weeks then get it redone to give your hair a good wash and a good breather
  4. Skipping washes – You should also be keeping up with your biweekly washes. DIRT DOES NOT MAKE YOUR HAIR GROW! Even when installing extensions, you should still be going to the hair salon to get a shampoo so that your scalp stays clean. There are many shampoos out there that do not require water that you can use for your braids.
  5. Skipping Trims- You may think by keeping in that weave for three months and then switching to another style without getting a trim will help retain your growth but it will only make it worse. You have to get rid of the dead hair strands and breakage before it works it’s way up. The longer you wait, the more damage you will cause

Good hair starts with you. Make sure you locate a good stylist that cares about your hair growth and not just only your bank account. Ask your friends for recommendations and call to schedule a consultation with the stylist to see if they are the right choice. Feel free to ask to see their work and watch them as they style other client’s hair. Basic hair maintenance is a big impact on whether you have luscious locks or struggle strands.

What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Therapy

Be honest, it may have crossed your mind a few times. For the longest laser hair therapy has been an effective solution to hair loss and yet we still avoid it. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to face our hair loss problem or maybe it’s because we don’t know too much about it. When I used to go to the salon I would tune out conversations about it because I assumed it wasn’t something I needed. “That’s for older wealthy people who are losing their hair, I’ll never have that problem” I thought to myself. But hair loss is NOT limited to aging people and laser therapy can be very beneficial to hair loss and prevention. Here are a few facts about Laser hair therapy that you probably didn’t know.

The Sooner You Get It, The Better The Results – Natalie McNeill, owner and hair loss consultant at Ends Hair Design & Spa, recommends getting laser therapy the minute you begin to notice hair loss or thinning.

Once a hair follicle is dead, it’s dead! However, laser therapy can provide blood flow to a sleeping follicle and generate hair growth in thinning areas. The sooner you jump on laser therapy, the better your results will be. -Natalie McNeill

Consistency is Key – Hair Loss is like weight gain. Once you get the results you’ve wanted, you still have to maintain them. You may not need as many sessions as you did when you started your treatment but you should still get a treatment at least once a month. If you stop cold turkey on the hair treatments, your hair loss will return.

It’s NOT Instant – I know you’re probably expecting to get one session and then by the end of the month, your hair will grow and your locks will thicken. This is not ideal and anyone who is promising you that, is probably running a scam. Laser hair therapy takes time and patience. Many clients testify seeing results as early as 4 months but did not see a major difference until a year of treatments. You’ll see little hairs growing in but the full damage will not be repaired until at least 1 year after starting sessions

Pain Free – You will not feel a thing during your sessions. Many prospective clients assume that they may feel a burning sensation but with the advance technology of the lasers, you will not feel a thing!

Flexible – Treatments are scheduled around your availability and do not take long at all. The best part is that you can still get some things done during your session. Bring a laptop and clean out your inbox or just bring a book to read.

Budget Friendly – Hair loss consultants have various packages for laser hair therapy available to clients. The most a treatment could cost would be $5,000 a year which ends up being about $50 per session for someone who goes often.

I always ask my clients what there budget is for the therapy sessions so that we can can create a treatment based on their needs. I also have portable laser therapy combs for those who can’t do the sessions as a cheaper option. -Natalie

So if you’ve been contemplating on an option to repair your hair loss, you should definitely look into laser hair therapy. I should also let you know that laser hair therapy will NOT work on hair loss due to chemotherapy or alopecia. It’s also very unlikely to see results for extensive hair loss for over 5 years. Don’t wait until it’s too late, schedule your consultation today! If you need help with hair loss contact us for more information.

Why Your Hair Sheds After Child Birth

Postpartum Shedding, it’s the word all women dread when it comes to pregnancy. While your hair looks and feels amazing throughout the nine months you spend carrying your precious gift, we all know that good things must come to an end. After child birth besides the physique you once had, you’ll start to notice that your amazing hair goes away as well. We all know the shedding is inevitable but why does this occur?

Owner of Ends Hair Design & Spa and Founder of Endless Hair Care, Natalie, spilled the tea on why postpartum shedding occurs and provided major keys on how to help.

“During your pregnancy, your hormones are raging ever than before and the supplements you take make your hair thick and long. That is why you see many women experience rapid hair growth during their pregnancy. Once child birth occurs, your bodies hormones return to normal and the extra hair you’ve maintained will begin to fall out. Many women make the mistake of continuing to take prenatal vitamins to keep the hair growth but this will not help. You need to ween your body off of the prenatal vitamins in order to prevent a lot of hair loss. I always make my clients who are new moms take half of a vitamin each day to start and then as time passes, we reduce the dosage until they are just taking regular vitamins again. You will always need a supplement but there is no need for the amount that you’ll find in a prenatal vitamin.” -Natalie

Thankfully the shedding that occurs after pregnancy isn’t major so you don’t have to worry about a huge bald spot in the middle of your head. You may experience thinning around the edges and other small areas but Natalie says that with proper hair care, your locks should be normal by the time your child turns 1. Until then, refrain from the tight hairstyles that pull on your hair and make sure you are visiting a professional stylist routinely for the proper treatments. If you have more questions about postpartum shedding and prevention, contact us!