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How Much Is Too Much Hair Loss?
by Angela Santoriello
Who hasn’t had a bad hair day?
Philip Kingsley, the man who coined the phrase, is a leading authority on hair and scalp health has several things to say about the condition, especially noting what is normal and what is not.
And we should listen intently. Branded by top media as the best, with The New York Times calling him the Hair Guru and Vogue dubbing him the Hair Wizard, Kingsley is slowly handing over his brand to his daughter, trichologist Anabel Kingsley. Also known for her expertise, Kingsley notes several reasons for shedding according to Yahoo! Beauty report.
It is first important to note that when hair shows up in the sink when it should be on your head it could most often be related to hair as a non-essential tissue being affected by short-term health conditions, including diet, stress, stomach bugs and high fevers. “The good news is that as long as your system has recovered and you continue to take care of yourself, there’s no cause for concern,” says Kingsley of the loss that can occur six to 10 weeks after a condition has healed.
It’s also important to remember it’s completely natural to lose hair when seasons change. Like animals, humans shed hair, especially during temperature changes. With summer ending and fall moving in, it is highly likely the shower drain will be facing more strands than usual, but fear not — it’s to be expected.
When this does occur a few times year, one will notice a difference in the amount of loss based on how often hair is cleansed. “If you don’t wash your hair as often — say you limit to once or twice a week cleansings—you’ll notice more fallout that has built up when you do wash,” reports Yahoo! Beauty, adding along with seasonal change, heavy chemical use causes hair loss.
Between bleaching, straightening, relaxing and color-treating hair, chemicals damage the hair’s protein, and according to Kingsley, inevitable breakage will appear. “Breakage isn’t true ‘hair loss,’ but it can reduce the thickness of your hair if it’s severe,” says Kingsley, suggesting both biotin hair supplements and sulfate-free shampoo to restore strength and health.
Breakage is also caused from heated styling tools, which tend to damage less dense ends more than thicker root strands. Also, “women with thick or curly hair often use heat styling tools and may brush with more tension to work the comb through strands, which can cause the appearance of more shedding that is actually due to more breakage and damage” says Yahoo! Beauty.
So when should someone be concerned?
“If excessive hair shedding continues for longer than three months, seek the advice of a dermatologist or trichologist,” says Kingsley. The expert explains that there is a difference in short-term loss and chronic hair loss that “can signify that something isn’t quite right internally.”
While Vitamin D and B12 deficiencies s are directly related long-term hair loss so are “hypo or hyperthyroid complications,” reports Yahoo! Beauty, adding that “fixing the underlying problem can help return your hair to its resilient former self.” So before getting anxious and diagnosing yourself with alopecia, remember hair loss is as normal as growth.
If you or someone you know would like more information about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!