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8 reasons why your hair is thinning and how to deal with it

If you lose 50-100 hairs per day — it's okay, but what if more? Why is hair thinning? What to do? [...]

If you lose 50-100 hairs per day — it’s okay, but what if more? Why is hair thinning? What to do? Find out the answers to these questions and solutions below.

1. Malnutrition

Diets and unbalanced nutrition cause hair loss, as the body abruptly stops receiving vitamins and minerals in sufficient quantities. Vitamins A, B, and E are especially important for hair (as well as skin and nails). Include them in the daily menu – add more orange and red vegetables and fruits, eggs, dairy products, and fish.

2. Anemia

It is one of the factors causing hair loss because the blood circulation of the scalp suffers. If you notice symptoms such as drowsiness, general weakness, apathy, add iron-containing foods (pomegranate, beef, apples, etc.) to your diet. If the condition does not improve, take a haemoglobin test, and let the doctor prescribe treatment for you.

3. Genetics and hormonal disruptions

A genetic predisposition to baldness is mostly observed in men. Women’s hormonal changes affect the hair condition: puberty, pregnancy, breast-feeding, menopause, endocrine system diseases, and hormonal imbalance, which is called androgenic alopecia. This is hair loss due to the conversion of the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Male hormones increase in women may be the result of polycystic ovary. These problems must be solved with a doctor who prescribes an appropriate treatment or surgery.

Hair transplantation with the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method is the most common for now. A specialist uses a punch, a special tool for transplantation, to take out follicles without incisions. Then, the doctor forms the channels at the donor zone to implant grafts. The most popular place for hair transplant is Turkey. Large and small specialised hair transplantation centres are located in Istanbul and offer various techniques — FUE, Sapphire FUE, DHI, Unshaven, and Afro hair transplantations. Best hair transplant doctors in Turkey provide the surgery with up to 99% success rate. 

4. Intoxication

Regular poisoning of the body with alcohol and nicotine damages the hair — they make blood vessels narrower, the blood doesn’t get to the scalp, metabolic processes are disturbed in the cells leading to thinning of the hair structure. Try to get rid of bad habits or temporarily reduce the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.

5. Dermatological problems

Seborrhea, psoriasis, neurodermatitis, and fungal infections can cause thinning and hair loss. The best way to combat these diseases is to go to the dermatologist. The doctor will give you expert advice and prescribe a course of medications that will help you overcome the disease.

6. Emotional stress

The body responds to stress differently. Thin hair is one of the reactions. Depression, anxiety, or serious mental disorders often are behind the women’s hair loss. Correct your emotional state, find your way to relax, and the problem with thinning hair will gradually disappear.

7. Cold

The habit of walking in winter without a hat often leads to the fact that the hair weakens. Cold causes spasming blood vessels that feed the hair follicle, and soon it dies.

8. Abrupt weight loss

Loss of 10% of body weight in 2 months is considered as abrupt and it is very harmful to health in general and to the condition of the hair in particular. Consult your dietician and/or fitness coach to balance your nutrition and vitamin intake.

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