Our hair is our crowning glory. We constantly put our hands through it during the day, brush it over and over and even playfully twirl it between our fingers. All seems fine until we pull out a handful of strands while showering! That’s when alarm bells start ringing: YOUR HAIR IS FALLING OUT! The normal amount of hair loss fluctuates between 50-100 hairs a day. But it gets serious when you find that your brush is pulling way too many hairs out or if you wake up with strands on your pillow. You are not alone! A high percentage of women in Egypt are suffering from hair loss and are doing nothing about it. People aren’t using hair loss products despite the need for them! Dermatologists have also noticed a rise in numbers of patients suffering spare hair. 

So what are the common reasons for hair loss and what’s a sure fire way to stop it? 

1- Stress

Physical stress is a main cause. If you’ve experienced an extreme bout of stress, it pushes your hair growth cycle towards the shedding phase. This can be triggered by a major surgery, extreme weight loss or the loss of a loved one.

Treatment: Take steps to combat stress and anxiety through exercise or therapy. In time, once the stress levels plateau, your hair will grow back again. The scalp gets inflamed due to stress. B3 in Vichy’s AMINEXIL PRO treatment works as an anti-inflammatory agent and anchors pre-existing roots. The treatment runs for 12 weeks.

2- Overstyling

Pulling and tugging at your hair to get that perfect pony tail is definitely not good for it. Tight styling puts a lot of stress on the follicles, and over time, this can create slight balding.

Treatment: Avoiding these styles is the best course of action, along with following a hair routine that lets you use heat to dry your hair once per week. Let your hair flow freely every once in a while; it’ll make a big difference. Coupling your free flowing locks with Vichy’s AMINEXIL PRO also improves blood circulation, which might prove to be a safer hair loss combatant.screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-3-59-57-pm

3- Hormones

Hormonal imbalance caused by pregnancy, menopause and oral contraceptives can lead to hair loss and shedding.

Treatment: Consulting with a doctor on how to remedy these hormone fluctuations is your best course of action. If a new prescription is the problem, discuss different contraceptive methods with your doctor.

4- Anemia

Almost 1 in 10 women suffer from anaemia from a lack of iron in their diets. An iron deficiency can lead to you losing hair pretty rapidly.

Treatment: Your doctor will have to conduct a blood test to determine whether or not you have anaemia. Generally, the best way to combat this is by either eating foods rich in iron or by taking iron tablets to ensure you get your recommended daily intake.  

5- Vitamin Deficiency 

Vitamin deficiencies for the following vitamins A, D and Zinc have been linked to hair loss.

Treatment: Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet or supplementing yourself with vitamins. Try to incorporate these vitamins naturally in your daily meals, and you won’t have to resort to ingesting tablets.

6- Dandruff 

Dandruff can contribute to hair loss because of the irritation that is created from flakiness.

Treatment: Dermatologist and specialist, Dr. Meram Elashairy, recommends 4 weeks of Vichy Anti-dandruff shampoo that includes Selenium DS which attacks and eliminates even the most persistent dandruff, and with anti-relapse efficacy that could go up to 6 weeks leaving you free of dandruff after completing the treatment.

7- Genetics 

You might have thin hair follicles depending on your family’s history. Going to a doctor can help identify if you fall under that category of people. 

Treatment: Most hair loss treatments contain minoxidil which can cause hair to fall, so pick your options carefully!! You might consider trying out: NEOGENIC treatment for hair thinning that contains stemoxydine, a patented molecule that awakens dormant hair bulbs and comes with an applicator that allows you to better target your roots. The treatment runs for 12 weeks.screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-4-00-05-pm

Hair fall out can be scary, but once you work out the underlying causes, you can definitely work on combating them. It all boils down to treating it at the right time with the right product!