What causes hair thinning? Can I grow it back?

Hair thinning is caused by various factors.  Not all factors affect everyone the same.  The most common causes (with some suggested solutions) are:

Physical Stress:

Have you been under stress lately? Stress is the biggest killer of our time.  The rat-race for meeting all our demands before we go on leave leads to stress.  This could be the cause of your thinning hair.

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Solution: The best ways to reduce stress is by being in nature.  Schedule in some me-time.  Book in a head massage: this will not only de-stress you but also get the circulation going to those hair follicles (and this is great for regenerating your hair growth).

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Pregnancy:

Our bodies go through a huge shift when we fall pregnant.  Our hair is not excluded from this, unfortunately.  Some women may experience hair thinning due to stress or shock, a condition called telogen effluvium, and it affects a small number of women during pregnancy.

Solution: The good news is that it will grow back soon after the baby is born (3-4 months) and your body has settled down again, hormone-wise.  The condition is not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss.

Age:

We all have to get older, yeah I know it is not fair.  Apart from the wrinkles and saggy behind, we now have to put up with losing our pride and beauty.  Grey hair can be embraced with a funky shorter hairstyle but thinning hair…just makes it harder to hide.

Solution: No, I don’t have directions to the fountain of youth, but proper diet and hair nourishment should help to slow down the process of thinning hair.

Sweat:

Sweat is the body’s cooling system.  Exercise is great to get the blood and oxygen pumping but it does cause your body to sweat.

Solution: Ensure the scalp is kept clean by washing with a PH balanced shampoo. After swimming wash ensure the chlorine is washed out.

Iron deficiency, thyroid dysfunction:

Many health issues cause hair loss but once the condition is managed the hair should grow back

Solution: Once again a balanced diet and supplements should speed up the process to recovery.

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Prevention of hair loss and hair thinning is possible.  Try to follow the natural route:

  • Practice good hair hygiene.
  • Wash with a pH balanced mild or herbal shampoo.
  • Oiling your scalp and massaging to stimulate growth.
  • Try not to have very tight traction hairstyles.
  • A balanced diet, protein, and supplements.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Reduce stress.