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Hair loss: why it happens and what you can do about it

“Hair” and “loss” are two words you never want to hear together. After all, is there anything more anxiety-inducing than imagining your beautiful locks falling out bit by bit or the hair on your head becoming scarcer and scarcer? If you want to know why you’re losing your hair, and more importantly, how to reduce or prevent hair loss, you’ve come to the right place! 

Why is it happening to me? 

It is important to know that a number of factors are at play when it comes to hair loss.  

  • If we had to cite just one factor, the most important would probably be the genetic factor. Hereditary problems are passed down in the genetic information transmitted by biological parents to their children (through genes). 
  • Stress, and this is no secret, is very bad for your health and for your body. It can have devastating effects on your hair and significantly increase hair loss. The intensity and duration of the hair loss depend on the type of stress. As you know, day-to-day stress, common in modern life, has a negative long-term impact on your hair, but a sudden, intense, and traumatic stressful event can lead to significant hair loss up to…4 months after the event
  • Hormonal imbalance/changes can also lead to hair loss. Your hair health can fluctuate with your hormonal changes (whatever the cause, be it pregnancy, and more specifically the hormone changes a few months after birth, taking or changing contraceptive pills, the pre-menopause or menopause, medicines that have an impact on hormones, etc.) 
  • Deficiencies (especially in iron) or a poor or unbalanced diet can be the cause of hair loss. 
  • An obvious but important point to bear in mind is that some illnesses (or the treatments they require) can also cause hair loss. Chemotherapy, for example, often results in hair loss.  

In the majority of non-serious cases, hair loss will stop by itself. However, seeing a specialist to put your mind at rest is never a bad idea. 

What to do about hair loss 

There are many ways you can stop hair loss or at least reduce and slow it down. If you have experienced major stress in the last weeks and months, there is no point worrying about it, as this could result in you losing even more hair. However, if your life has not changed, you haven’t started a new medical treatment, and your diet has remained the same, it is a good idea to ask yourself some questions about why it is happening in order to prevent further hair loss.  

Bear in mind that solutions do exist. There are a number of natural ways to help you get through this! 

  • Azalea flower extract is a miracle solution to help your scalp and hair deal with this temporary problem. This natural active ingredient stimulates and encourages regrowth in order to increase hair density and limit hair loss.  
  • A diet rich in zinc can sometimes be the solution! The benefits of zinc on your hair are now well documented. As well as limiting or stopping hair loss, zinc can also help regrowth. Oysters, eggs, wholemeal bread, and cooked lentils are all good sources of zinc, so there are many delicious ways to get healthy hair!   
  • And what about an organic banana hair mask? Rich in potassium (which encourages the formation of keratin), vitamins, and antioxidants (which accelerate hair growth), bananas can quickly become a real ally in your fight against hair loss.  
  • Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo. Conventional cosmetic products are known to be harsh and damaging for your scalp. Certain ingredients, like sulfates, can damage the hair follicle, slow down hair growth, or weaken hair.  

It is important to take hair loss seriously. It is temporary and can be resolved naturally in different ways, but in some cases, it can be a symptom of other health problems. If you have any doubts and the hair loss period goes on longer than autumn/winter, it is important to seek advice from a specialist. 

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