Seeing loose strands of hair falling everyone around you can be alarming, even if they're only a handful. The last thing you need in your 20s is a bald spot—on top of everything else you're dealing with. What could you be doing wrong to your hair or scalp? Is there something you should be doing but aren't? Below are some common and probable culprits:
1. Tight hairstyles
If your everyday hairstyle is a tight braid, ponytail, or bun, you might want to consider loosening them up or wearing your hair down more often instead. Traction alopecia happens when there’s pressure at the roots as a result of tight, scalp-pulling updos. They weaken the grip of your strands from the follicles, causing your hair to fall or break easily. Instead, try using bobby pins or hair clips to keep your hair in place and away from your face.
To be in a state of perpetual fight-or-flight mode can throw your cortisol levels out of whack and have an adverse effect on hair growth. When you're stressed, your hair follicles can switch from the growth phase—when your hair keeps growing fuller and longer—to the resting phase, which pauses hair growth for a few months, causing you to shed more hair than usual. This phenomenon is known as telogen effluvium.
3. Hormonal imbalance
Women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS experience hair loss due to their body producing more androgen, the male hormone that inhibits hair growth, and less estrogen, which lengthens the growth phase of hair.
4. Iron deficiency anemia
When you don't have enough iron, your body can't produce enough red blood cells, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to repair your other cells, including those that keep your hair strong and help it grow, like iron.
Hair fall is just one of the many upsetting things that can happen to your hair if you don't take precautions. The bright side is that we get to learn to take better care of our tresses. Take for example these girls who overcame their hair horror stories:
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