Everyone wants to have a thick, full and luxurious lock filled head of hair, but it seems to be easier to achieve and maintain for some over others. Some of it has to do with your DNA and some of it has to do with your regular hair maintenance techniques. However, sometimes the things that you do on a daily basis that you felt were completely unrelated to your hair are a lot more connected than you think.
Here are some things that you may currently be doing that could be contributing to hair loss.
‘Heat styling wet hair. “If you have your hair wet and you [apply a hot tool], bubbles can occur within the hair shaft,” Dr. Shapiro said. Air fills the hair shaft in multiple spots, leading to the bubble effect, and the hair can look dry or even get patchy on the scalp.
Enduring stress over an extended period of time. I’m not talking about a busy week or a bad day, but an event that might cause more long-term stress, such as a breakup, a trauma, or career movement. “Cortisol can impact shedding or loss,” Phillips said. “Not only that, when stress is higher, we don’t make the best nutritional choices and we don’t absorb nutrients as well either.”
Taking birth control. Hormonal contraceptives can contribute to hair loss depending on the type of contraceptive and your unique response to it. The hair loss is typically temporary, but, according to Dr. Shapiro, “If you have a predilection toward hair loss, such as a family history, you may lose some hair permanently.”
Going on a juice cleanse. Phillips frequently sees clients who, in the two to three months prior to experiencing hair loss, went on an elimination diet like a juice cleanse or a detox. They won’t lose hair during the diet but will notice it weeks after it’s over. “If there’s a caloric restriction, then the variety of nutrients narrows,” Phillips said. “The system’s response is to cut off or lessen the supply of energy to hair, which the body considers a non-essential tissue.” The hair loss that occurs in response to nutrient deficiencies is usually temporary and there isn’t any damage to the hair follicles.’
It’s important to know that these factors just represent a small portion of potential hair loss. In order to know why you may be experiencing certain hair loss consult with a medical practitioner and your Ottawa hair care specialist.