The average scalp has 100,000 to 150,000 hairs. Each follicle produces a single hair that grows at the rate of approximately one half inch per month. After growing for two to six years, hair rests a while before falling out. It’s soon replaced with a new hair, and the cycle begins again. At any given time, 85 to 90% of your hair is growing. The remainder is resting. Because resting hairs regularly fall out, most people shed about 40 to 100 strands every day. Many of the causes of less than desirable tresses are out of our control, but there are many things we can do to beautify our hair and promote a healthy scalp:
Crash diets don’t provide sufficient nutrition to you or your hair. People will naturally have better hair when consuming foods and supplements that provide balanced nutrition. You need plenty of vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids for good health and good hair.
Amino Acids are vital for cell production in your body, and can be described as the protein “building blocks” of your hair. Unlike fat, amino acids can’t be stored in the body for later use, so a lack of them can mean serious danger for the immune system. Also, hair thinning can be a sign of insufficient Vitamins A, C, B complex, iron, iodine, and copper.
POOR SCALP CIRCULATION
Poor scalp blood circulation can cause serious hair loss. If the hair follicle does not get a constant and nutrient-dense supply of blood, lymph, and oxygen, it will shrink and the hair strand will fall out. Scalp stimulation promotes blood circulation, which stimulates hair follicles to produce thicker, more lustrous hair growth. Essential-oils based treatments are the best way to encourage a healthy scalp and lustrous hair.
The condition of your scalp establishes the health of your hair. A healthy scalp has clean, open pores with good blood flow. A healthy scalp is characterized as being loose and thick. An unhealthy scalp can be characterized by a dry and itchy scalp, flaking, or tenderness. An unhealthy scalp is either too dry or too oily. An oily scalp puts the sebaceous glands in overdrive, meaning the glands in the hair follicle are producing too much oil. This creates a haven for bacteria to breed. Dandruff, which is a characteristic of dry scalp, is also caused by an over- growth of yeast. Dry scalp can be caused by products leaving a buildup on the scalp as well.
Hair loss or hair thinning is most commonly associated with aging and hormonal imbalance. The miniaturization of hair follicles shortens the hair growth cycle and might be the result of hereditary or hormonal-related hair loss in both men and women. As the growth phase shortens (anagen), the hair becomes thinner and shorter, to the point where there is no growth at all.
Please note that hair follicle can be easily damaged by additional weight put on your hair’s roots. Any hair extensions applied with glue or thread are designed to be worn for a few months. If there is any irreversible damage done to the hair follicles, there is nothing you can do to restore it. Hair has to be treated gently. If you style your hair often using hot tools and styling brushes that means you’re adding weight on the hair during the process. Even wearing a ponytail too tight can cause hair loss.
BRUSHING & HAIR STYLING:
Pulling hair when brushing your hair when wet is a common issue which causes excess hair fall. Because of the added weight of water, your hair is very vulnerable at this time and the additional water weight along with brushing can cause hair to be pulled out easily. Anything that puts tension on the follicles in the scalp can cause hair loss as a result. The best option will be to reduce the amount of mechanical damage by going for less follicle health threatening styles.