Besides improving our looks, the hair on our heads can also reveal a lot about our overall health and well-being. Indeed, some may even say that hair is a reflection of a person’s health. So, if your bad hair days are turning into bad hair weeks, if you’re tired of finding your hair everywhere around your house, if you’re worried about the ever-shrinking circumference of your ponytail, it may be time to delve a bit deeper into the hair issue.
Here are 3 common reasons why you may be losing hair and what you can do about it.
1. Major Stress
We all experience some hair shedding because our hair naturally falls out after it has stopped growing. However, if we go through a major stress event or we’re under chronic stress for a long time, this process can get disrupted. Now, the hair on our head starts falling out while it’s still growing. This leads to hair thinning and can even lead to bald patches.
If you recognize yourself here, learn new ways to deal with stress. Start jogging, boxing, swimming or doing any kind of physical activity that will help you release pent-up energy and stress. Reduce caffeine intake, drink chamomile and mint tea before bed, meditate whenever possible and just find time to pamper yourself a bit.
2. Poor Nutrition
Heavily processed diet, lots of junk food, candies and sugar can ruin your health real quick and take your hair down with it too. As dietitian Wendy Brazilian explains, if we’re eating a bad, nutrient-poor diet, any nutrients we actually do get will go straight to our body’s crucial functions, such as the heart and other organs. So, if you notice your hair looks super brittle, dull and thin, it’s time to change your diet.
Eat nutrient-rich foods, including lots of healthy fats, plenty of fruits and vegetables every day, complex carbs, whole grains and maybe try some multivitamins as well. Also, make sure you’re drinking enough fluids throughout the day.
3. Too Much Testosterone
We all have some testosterone, but when women start having too much of this male hormone, things go awry. If you notice your hair thinning at the crown of your head, some dark facial hair sprouting here and there and your body hair thickening, it’s time to get some tests done. If along high testosterone you also have irregular periods, acne or insulin resistance, you may have PCOS. Birth control pills and supplements can help with this.
To reduce your testosterone levels, completely avoid refined sugar, exercise regularly and find some time just for yourself every day to relax (too much stress can lead to excess testosterone).