Hair Thinning Causes and Treatments

July 14, 2008 by  

Our hair is a good indicator of how healthy we are. We naturally lose approx. 80 to 90 hairs a day so don’t panic everytime you brush your hair or look at the drain after showering.  Grief, stress, thyroid condition, iron deficiency or bad nutrition are all causes of thinning hair. There are of course medical reasons also but I will only talk about the ones we can try to reduce or fix.

I have a friend who has been going through a lot of stress I’d say for about a year now. He woke up one morning to find a bald spot on the back of his head where just the day before hair had been. This bald patch was the size of a small persons palm. He is taking medication now but is still feeling stress and  I haven’t seen any reduction in the size or any new hair growth. Yes, we do sometimes need medication, but I would try a different approach.  I would meditate, yes, meditate in that situation.  My definition of meditating would be a quiet 10-15 minutes where I relax and think over and over to myself things I am grateful for. Everytime my mind wanders to the more stressful side I start over.

I read somewhere that when you do not get enough sleep, your hair will start to lose its umph! Even when you can’t sleep, resting your body and closing your eyes is sometimes all your body needs.

If you work in an industry where you are using chemicals, any kind, always wear something over your hair if hair thinning is a concern or problem for you. I used to work cleaning kitchen exhausts and we used rather harsh chemicals and my skin and hair never looked so bad, even my nails were weak and marked.  If you eat a lot of junk food, or too much fried food…the toxins have to come out somewhere, and usually that is your pores.  Same with drinking too much alcohol, this will affect your hair no matter what hair products you use. Obviously over drinking affects your skin too.

This is something I just recently saw: Twin girls, who believed in drinking copius amounts of water because it is what kept their skin so clear and their hair healthy, were asked to be part of a study on drinking water. One of the girls quit drinking water for 1 month, the other kept her regiment. They were sent in for tests at the end of the study to determine the difference in their skin and hair, there wasn’t one. Not a single one. The girls mind you did eat healthier than the average person and I believe this would have an affect on not changing their hair or skin but I know that if I drink water my skin and hair are looking better than when I don’t.

Generally the first test a doctor or specialist is likely to carry out on a patient who is experiencing hair loss is a thryroid function test. Two types of thyroid problems can occur and either of these problems can result in hair loss.  These are Hypo and Hyperthyroidism, to find out more about these conditions try googling them.

“Not every study shows a link between iron deficiency and hair loss,” says one Dr., “but from our clinic’s experience, it is clear to me that if you replenish hair-loss patients’ iron stores with iron supplements, they are more likely to regrow hair, or at least stop hair shedding.”

So, the main things are eat right, rest well, check your iron and wear something protective if needed. Till next time, Good Luck!