Did you know that we have about 120,000 to 150,000 hair follicles on our scalp when we are born? Each of these is able to produce hair for an average of 25 cycles through our entire life when the hair follicles are kept healthy and not damaged.
For example, hair fall when you are shampooing or combing is to be expected. Losing about 50 to 100 strands of hair a day is totally normal.
However, there are several things that will cause excessive hair loss. Improper diet, stress, genetics, vitamin deficiencies, illness, bleaching and perming can cause hair thinning.
Here are what to look out for and some tips for a healthy scalp:
SIGNS OF HAIR THINNING
As hair thinning occurs gradually, a decrease in hair volume is generally tricky to spot because we regularly touch our hair each time we shampoo.
As most thinning hair occurs first around the crown of your head, you might notice a receding hairline based on how much larger your forehead appears to be. In addition, you might also notice a widened hair parting with a more visible scalp.
One foolproof way is to notice if there is an increased or excessive shedding of hair – like more hair on your comb, in the shower, or your pillowcase.
There are many lifestyle changes you can make and bad habits you can break to avoid some preventable types of hair loss.
You should also use a special detangling comb that is wide-toothed as it is less likely to yank at your hair and cause breakage and damage to hair follicles.
Heat styling tools and chemical processes are harsh treatments and can also affect the health of your scalp and hair follicles, so keep the use of them to a minimum.
Lastly, your scalp is just like the skin on your face. While you apply sunscreen on your face conscientiously, how often do you care for your scalp?
Use an umbrella when outdoors. If possible, apply a protective mist on your hair and scalp to shield it from harmful ultraviolet rays and free radicals.
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
If thinning hair is already a problem, then the above prevention tips are not going to cut it anymore.
Whether you are seeking the advice of a trichologist or a doctor, there are many topical products like cleansers and serums as well as clinical laser scalp treatments that are designed to restore scalp health for fuller and healthier hair. There are also new treatments in development that could be the key to preventing hair loss.
By Debby Kwong & Joyce Cheo