Let's take a peek at the most common questions people have about hair loss!
1. Can the Sun Make My Thinning Hair Worse?
No! However, you need to protect your scalp whilst in the sun by wearing a cap or sun cream because UV light can make the hair brittle and so it is a good idea to cover up when possible.
2. How Much Hair is Normal to Lose?
Typically people will lose up to 100 hairs a day and this is considered normal under the natural hair growth cycle. However, if you are losing more than 150 hairs a day then this is advanced hair loss, or thinning hair. Of course no one counts hairs so if you notice more hair than usual in the shower or on your brush for example then this is a sign that you are suffering from thinning hair.
3. Can Eating Certain Foods Help?
If you eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet then your overall body will benefit for sure. However, when it comes to your hair if you have a lot of protein in your diet then this can help keep your hair healthy because hair is actually 95% protein! Some examples of high protein foods include eggs, beans, and fish.
For more info, check out foods that help prevent hair loss.
4. Why Do We Lose Hair As We Age?
When we age our bodies go through change and so a little hair loss is only natural because the follicles producing our hair are not as active as they were when we were younger.
For women, female hair loss is typical during menopause. During times of menopause women produce less estrogen and this makes the hair become thinner.
For men the chance of suffering from genetic male pattern baldness increases as we age.
5. What is Alopecia Areata?
If you notice large clumps of hair coming out everyday then this is a sign you are suffering from Alopecia Areata. This is an extreme form of hair loss due to autoimmune condition where a lot of hair is lost in a short space of time. If you have these symptoms then consult with a doctor.
6. Can Some Medications Cause Hair Loss?
Yes! Certain medications can cause hair loss so if you are experiencing hair loss while taking medication then consult with a doctor to see if there is a possibility that this is the cause.
7. Can Hair Thin After Pregnancy?
Yes! After you give birth your hair will shed for a few weeks and so you can experience temporary hair loss. Typically it will begin growing again after 2-4 months, however, if you suffer from female pattern hair loss then the hair you lose during this period may struggle to grow back on its own to the thickness it was before.