We all know that having dry and damaged hair can make it look and feel dull and lackluster but, could it be the reason your hair is shedding more than usual? I’ve been looking into this and I have the answer.
A healthy head of hair can shed between 50-100 hairs per day. However, dry and damaged hair can shed more than this, and you could lose more than 100 hairs per day. Dry and damaged hair has a weaker hair shaft, making it easily tangled, and the cuticle can unravel, causing increased shedding and breakage.
Keep on reading to find out what else could be causing your hair to shed excessively and how you can minimize this!
6 Other Reasons Why Your Hair May Be Shedding
Firstly, it needs to be noted that there is a difference between hair loss and hair shedding. Chronic hair loss is when something is stopping the hair from growing. In extreme hair loss cases, you could lose body hair and have bald patches.
Your hair may be shedding due to a hormonal imbalance as hormones play a vital role in regulating our hair growth cycle. Good hormones for hair are estrogen; they keep our hair in its growth phase, whereas androgens (the male hormones) shorten our hair’s growth cycle. This can be rectified by taking supplements and having a healthy diet.
Hair shedding or hair fall is a completely normal process and everyone experiences this in their lifetime. It can become a concern when the shedding is exacerbated by factors such as dryness and damage to the hair.
01. Dying or coloring your hair too often
You may be experiencing more hair fall than usual if you have exposed your hair to dye or bleach. Hair dye and bleach cause increased hair shedding as they contain very harsh chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonia which leave your hair dry and brittle.
These ingredients can damage the protein in your hair and leave your hair very damaged! The hair shaft can become weak when exposed to these chemicals over and over and this can lead to hair fall.
When you dye your hair, the high levels of these chemicals can strip the hair of moisture and elasticity and this can increase the risk of breakage and hair fall even more. The chemicals in hair color products can also damage and weaken the hair follicles which can result in the hair falling out.
02. Changes in the weather
Changes in the weather can also affect hair shedding. In the colder months, your scalp can become dry and irritate the hair follicles which can increase hair shedding. This is different from warmer conditions as your hair follicles hold on to the hair a lot higher as your scalp needs the hair to protect it from the heat and sun!
03. Heat damage from heat styling tools
Your use of heat tools on your hair can also increase the amount of hair being shed from your head. The extreme heat can lead to heat damage and this can damage the hair shaft. Your hair can become so dry and damaged over time that it may snap off and shed!
04. Tight hairstyles and hair ties
Another reason you may be experiencing hair fall is if you use very tight hair ties and wear your hair in tight hairstyles. The tension placed on your hair when doing this can tug at the hair and weaken the hair follicles causing your hair to shed.
Many hair elastics are very harsh on the hair as they snag at and damage the hair shaft which again, can increase shedding. Tight hairstyles such as high ponytails or top knots can cause increased hair shedding, especially at your hairline as there is too much tension on the hair.
05. Your hair is undernourished and under conditioned
Your hair may also be shedding if it isn’t being conditioned well enough or if it is undernourished. Your hair needs natural oils and moisture to sustain itself. Undernourished and under conditioned hair can weaken the hair follicle and cause your hair to shed too much!
06. Your lifestyle and diet habits are not healthy enough
Your lifestyle and dietary choices also play a big role in how healthy your hair is and how much it sheds. If you are very stressed and have a poor/unhealthy diet this can lead to scalp issues and the hair follicles will weaken and not hold on to your hair tight enough.
Stress increases your cortisol levels (a hormone) which can affect and throw off your natural hair growth cycle! When this happens you may shed more hair and it could thin out. If your diet is lacking vitamins (D or B12) or protein you may also have increased hair shedding.
How To Reduce Hair Shedding
01. Buy hydrating products
Always opt for hair care products made with hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, argan oil, and avocado oil. Avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients, sulfates, and high alcohol contents as these can strip the hair of its natural oils and dry it out which can eventually lead to increased hair shedding.
I recommend Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner for the best results!
02. Stay away from bleach and hair dye
Try and avoid bleaching or dying your hair as this chemical processing can strip the hair of moisture and damage the hair shaft. As a rule of thumb, don’t dye your hair more than one or two shades lighter than its natural color as this will help to save your hair from being exposed to so much bleach!
In fact, if you are wanting to go blonde or a lighter shade, consider purchasing a full lace wig, as this will save your hair from damage but still allow you to change up your look!
Want to learn more about lace wigs? Check out our article Lace Front Wigs VS Full Lace Wigs: 10 Things You Need To Know!
03. Protect your hair from heat damage
Try and avoid using heat tools on your hair as much as possible as this will prevent it from drying out and becoming damaged. If you do use heat tools make sure they are on the lowest temperature setting and that you are using a good heat protectant spray to protect the hair shaft from any heat damage!
04. Take a break from tight hair styles
Try styling your hair in loose hairstyles such as low ponytails or low buns. Taking a break from tight styles will give your hair a chance to recover from any damage and prevent hair fall.
When you do tie up your hair, use softer hair ties such as scrunchies as these will be less likely to snag at your hair (avoid elastics!). Also, make sure you don’t tie your hair up while it is wet (when it is at its most vulnerable), as this could prevent damage and shedding.
05. Get regular haircuts
To prevent any damage to the hair shaft and the cuticle from unraveling too much, get regular haircuts. This will promote healthy hair growth and minimize breakage and shedding! Regular cuts are essential for making sure the damage doesn’t get too out of control!
06. Take a vitamin supplement
Consider adding a multivitamin, fish oil supplements, or Biotin to your diet to help straighten your hair and promote healthy hair growth. This will help to protect your hair from any unnecessary hair fall and help it to grow.
Vitamin A is also amazing for minimizing hair shedding as it contains retinoids that promote hair growth and sebum production which will keep your hair healthy and nourished!
07. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Finally, nourishing your body from the inside will promote healthy hair growth and maintenance and minimize hair shedding. Boost your intake of lean porins and fresh fruits and veggies as these will give your body the antioxidants it needs to stay healthy! Incorporate meditation or any similar stress-relieving activity into your routine to help control stress and its effects on your hair.
Hair shedding can be worrying and maybe a huge shock initially, but just know that there are minor lifestyle changes and hair care routine changes that can make a world of difference!