In the drain, on the floor, on your pillow, in your brush? Hair loss can indeed be worrisome. While hair loss is often viewed as a man’s problem, at least a third of women will experience hair loss at some point in their life.

The good news is that, in most cases, hair loss can be treated with lifestyle changes. First, let’s understand the underlying reasons and how they can be controlled to slow down the process of hair loss.

Hereditary hair loss:

Genetics and age are the most common causes of hair loss or baldness. If your parents and grandparents are experiencing hair loss, your hair loss will begin around the same time as theirs. There are remedies, treatments, and lifestyle changes that can be made to slow this process down. However, it’s important to fix the problem at the earliest when you first notice hair thinning. Once the hair is lost, it is unlikely to grow back. Hence, it is advisable to start lifestyle and hair care changes and routines as early as possible. If the excessive hair loss persists, it is best to consult a dermatologist.

Hard water:

Hard water and chlorine, which are commonly found in our tap water, are harmful to your hair health as it builds up and blocks the pores on your skin and scalp. This will prevent them from getting proper hydration and nutrition. This leads to dryness, damage, breakage and eventual hair loss. The solution to this is to change the water. Bathing in filtered / drinking water is not an option, but not always practical. Instead, invest in a hard water treatment solution like a shower and faucet filter. Clean water is vital to your hair care routine and can play an important role in controlling your hair loss problem.

Diet & hydration:

If you don’t get enough biotin, iron, protein or zinc in your diet or through dietary supplements, you will experience noticeable hair loss. It is important to have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water. In addition to drinking water, your hair also absorbs moisture and nutrition from the air and from the water used to wash your hair. Spending hours in air-conditioned rooms or in a place with a very dry climate can also affect the health of your hair. Water also plays a big role in hair health. Hard water and chlorine cause dryness, damage, breakage and eventual hair loss. However, this hair loss can be controlled. Eat a balanced meal, drink plenty of water, and make sure that the water you wash your hair with is clean and free of contaminants and chemicals such as chlorine or hard water salts and other sediments.

Hair Treatments & Hairstyles:

Harsh treatments like frequent coloring, bleaching, perming, straightening, and hairstyles and combing habits that pull on the hair can lead to permanent hair loss as the follicles are damaged. Once you’ve damaged a hair follicle, hair cannot grow out of that follicle. The only remedy is to take better care of your hair, reduce the frequency of harsh treatments, change your hairstyle and comb pattern. Combing the hair backwards will damage the delicate hair along your forehead and temple. Even your shampoo and towel drying style could add to your health. If you are gentle with your hair, you can significantly reduce hair damage and hair loss.

Stress & Sleep:

Stress is usually associated with hair loss. It can be daily stress in your work or relationships, or during a stressful time in your life such as B. divorce or the death of a loved one. When the stress stops, your body readjusts and the excessive dandruff stops, and within a year the hair should grow back. Insufficient sleep, a change in sleep cycles, or unhealthy sleeping habits all have a significant impact on hair health. If you look carefully, you will find that your sleep and hair loss are linked. A not that common term is “jet lag hair loss”. The stress of travel and lack of sleep contribute to an increase in hair loss. This is not permanent and can be kept in check if you make an effort to get a good rest and have good sleeping habits.

Most causes of hair loss can be addressed with small lifestyle changes. Eat well, sleep well, moisturize, reduce stress, invest in good hair care products such as serums, water filters or emollients and say goodbye to excessive hair loss.

About the author: Pavithra Rao is the co-founder of WaterScience

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