With autumn begins, for many, a feared natural process that anguishes almost all of us: hair loss. This stage, already traumatic, becomes more confusing due to so many urban legends that we hear about hair loss. That’s why in this post we’ll talk about what’s true and what’s false.
Why hair falls out more in autumn
Hair loss is normal and happens because the hairs comply with a renewal cycle, called telogen effluvium. However, sometimes there are other factors that accelerate the loss such as stress, hormonal imbalances, androgenic alopecia, menopause, poor diet, thyroid problems, insulin resistance, old age or other problems.
But then why do you fall more in autumn? This is because the process of cyclic renewal, also called the hair cycle, usually starts in late spring but it takes us a few months to realize, and worry, that our hair falls out. By the time fall comes, hair loss is evident, and then we panic.
However, remember that it is a normal and necessary process for hair to renew, so don’t worry too much.
When should hair loss be a concern? When the fall is greater than 100 hairs per day or when no new hairs grow that renew those that have fallen, or grow very thin and weak. In that case it is advisable to go to a specialist to find out the underlying cause of that massive loss of hair.
As you survive this seasonal hair loss, it will help you to know what to do or what to avoid in order to minimize the hair loss to a reasonable minimum. But you hear and read so many tips or advice on the subject that it is sometimes difficult to tell the myth from reality. We’ll help you with this.
Myth or truth about hair loss
We will look at some of the things that are said about hair loss and analyze whether it is true or false.
Cutting hair stops falling – FALSE
Long hair, being older than short hair bulges more. In other words, if there are 100 long hairs in the toilet drain, you will see a larger ball of hair than if there are 100 short hairs. The haircut does not interfere in the fall nor in the growth of the same one. What you do at the ends of your hair has no effect on the hair follicle. However, if it has an optical effect of increasing volume, because when the hair is shorter, to weigh less, has more volume.
Washing your hair every day causes your hair to fall out – FALSE
Washing your hair doesn’t make your hair fall out. But you may find that more hair falls out during washing. You actually get that feeling because the water takes them all together, to the same place: the drain.
Stress increases hair loss – TRUE
Stress is one of the main causes of excessive hair loss. So if your hair falls out, don’t stress out, or it’ll fall out more. Look for ways to calm down and relax. Get enough rest and do some exercise that makes you feel good. Take your time.
Taking vitamin supplements will help you minimize the fall – TRUE
There are effective multivitamin complexes to minimize hair loss. You may even want to have a lab test to determine if you are deficient in any vitamin or mineral such as iron, zinc, or vitamin B complex. These supplements do not prevent natural hair renewal, but help new hair grow thicker and stronger. Minoxidil is a very effective topical solution in cases of alopecia or recent baldness. You must use it for more than three months to start seeing results. The drawback is that when you stop using it, the hair falls out again.
Oily hair falls out more – TRUE
Oily hair is more prone to hair loss because fat can clog the follicle. This can prevent the normal growth of new hair. However, it is not recommended that you use an anti-grease shampoo every time you wash your hair. Anti-grease shampoos can have a rebound effect if used every day. That’s why it’s best to alternate it with a mild shampoo. If you choose an organic shampoo, better.
Drinking alcohol contributes to hair loss – FALSE
Drinking alcohol does not cause your hair to fall out, but it is true that excessive consumption dries out hair and makes it dull and dull.
Smoking makes your hair fall out more – TRUE
Smoking atrophy the functioning of the hair follicle and interferes in the process that makes nutrients reach the follicle and therefore new hair can not be formed healthy.
The use of fixing products, irons and dryers favours hair loss – FALSE
The use of these products or appliances does not affect the root. But what is certain is that they dry out and weaken the hair, so the hair breaks easily. And it’s hard to have a long, voluminous mane if your hair is breaking every day. That is why it is better to use these products and tools with criteria.
Extensions cause hair loss – FALSE
It is normal to lose a certain amount of hair every day. It’s actually a natural process where hair follicles are renewed. That way they give way to the growth of new hair. This means that it has nothing to do with the use of extensions.
The people who claim this, most likely won’t give you the care that the use of the extensions requires. For example, to remove them from their hair, they usually pull them out. They are not combed enough, so undesirable knots occur. In fact, it’s your bad habits that end up damaging your hair and extensions.
If 100% human hair extensions are used the right way they do not cause hair loss. However, make sure that the person who places them on you is an experienced professional. This is very important, because a bad placement can hurt you. Besides, you have to give up periods of rest time. And if you have fine and delicate hair use the adhesive extensions . These are the most delicate with hair and scalp because they are not heavy.
As you can see, hair loss has nothing to do with extensions. Everything will depend on the care that each person gives to their extensions. And, as we saw at the beginning of the article, hair loss is a natural renewal process.
If there’s anything you can do to help minimize hair loss, share it with us in the comments. This way you can help many people in your same situation.
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