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How to Treat Hair Fall: Guide to Managing Hair Fall

Dealing with hair fall problems? Here's a practical guide to help you get to its root cause and manage it for better hair health.

How to Treat Hair Fall: Guide to Managing Hair Fall

Having the right care and nutrients for your hair can result in smooth and shiny locks. Maintaining a healthy crowning glory not only makes you look presentable but also boosts your confidence. Today, countless products are claiming to nourish and revive hair, and that includes solving hair fall problems.


On average, a person sheds about 50–100 hairs in a day—and that's a relatively normal amount. A 2018 study found that about 40% of women face excessive hair fall when styling their hair. But if it persists and increases when washing the hair, it can be a cause for concern.


When your hair fall issue goes out of hand, it's essential to understand its causes first to know how to treat hair fall. In this article, we'll dive into the various reasons for this common hair problem and how to treat it.

 

What Causes Hair Fall?

Daily hair fall can happen due to several factors, such as the following:

  • Genetic factors

If your parents have hair fall problems, your excessive hair shedding likely stems from them. Pattern or androgenetic alopecia is a condition determined by genetic factors. While this occurs mainly in men, it can develop in women, as well.

 

  • Stress

Extreme levels of emotional and physical stress can cause hair to fall out of the follicles and stop developing new strands. A study shows that women experience losing hair with moderate stress (5.9%) and high stress (9.0%).

 

  • Pregnancy

It's not uncommon to experience hair fall for pregnant women. During pregnancy, hairs are in their resting stage. Losing an abnormal amount of hair usually starts one to five months after delivery, which is called telogen effluvium.

 

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Women with PCOS produce more androgen or male hormones, promoting hair growth in parts of their face, chest, and abdomen, but causing the hair on the head to thin.

 

  • Styling practices

Using toxic chemicals, heat styling tools, and harsh products on your hair frequently can damage and weaken follicles, impeding hair growth. In addition, styling the hair too tight too often, such as tight ponytails, can thin out the hairline.

 

  • Scalp infection

Scalp conditions like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis can weaken the roots and scar the hair follicles. Constant scratching due to dandruff also inflames the skin on the scalp and causes more hair shedding, thinning, and breakage. 

 

  • Unbalanced diet

Unhealthy eating habits and diet mean not enough necessary nutrients are getting into the body. This poor lifestyle can result in dehydration of the scalp, which affects the development of hair and causes excessive hair fall. 

 

  • Medications 

Certain medications and treatments can cause hair fall as a side effect. For example, drugs used to manage heart problems, high blood pressure, and depression can lead to hair fall issues


Ways for Managing Hair Fall

Once you diagnose your hair problem and find its root cause, the next step is to manage it, prevent more breakage, and encourage hair growth.

 

  • Diet

A well-rounded diet is good for the body, especially your hair. Here are some foods you can include in your meals for better hair health. 

 

  • EggsBiotin, also known as vitamin B7, is commonly found in eggs. Often, hair fall is a result of biotin deficiency. Consuming eggs, which are rich in biotin and protein (which hair follicles are also made of), can promote hair growth.

  • CarrotsVitamin A deficiency may cause dry and itchy scalp. Thankfully, carrots are rich in vitamins A and E, helping improve hair quality and making it stronger and thicker. A carrot juice now and then can encourage hair growth and shinier locks.

  • YogurtYogurt is rich in protein and vitamin B5, which helps improve blood flow in the scalp and combat hair thinning.

  • SpinachIron deficiency is one of the common causes of hair fall. Spinach is packed with iron and other beneficial nutrients like folate and vitamins A and C, which all help in encouraging hair development.

  • Supplements

If you don't get the right amount of nutrients from your diet, you can consult with your doctor about which supplements can help deliver your nutrient needs. These are some that can support your well-rounded diet for hair growth.

 

  • Vitamin CVitamin C targets iron deficiency, which ultimately helps fight against hair fall.

  • Omega-3As you already know, stress increases abnormal hair fall. Omega-3 supplements aid in reducing stress and low-grade inflammation, resulting in decreased hair fall.

  • B VitaminsAs mentioned, the B vitamin biotin deals with this type of hair problem. Other B vitamins like B12 also reduce hair fall by improving blood flow that carries nutrients and oxygen to the follicles and scalp.

  • Vitamin EVitamin E is another antioxidant that helps with stress. A study found that people experiencing hair fall problems saw a 34.5% increase in hair growth after an eight-month supplementation with vitamin E.

 

  • Lifestyle

Modifying your lifestyle helps improve not only your mental health but also your hair condition. Get started on your journey to overall better well-being by practicing these things: 

 

  • Stay hydratedDrink plenty of water to avoid drying out the skin for a healthy scalp. When you drink two to three liters of water each day, you improve your overall health, including your hair.

  • Destress regularlyStress is never good for the body, even the hair, as it weakens the roots and makes it susceptible to scalp infections. Destress regularly by doing something that relaxes the mind and body, such as meditation and breathing exercises.

  • Complete eight hours of sleepWhen you sleep, your body takes it as a time to recover. It recharges the mind, decreases stress, and strengthens the immune system. Aim to get eight hours of sleep every night to reboot your system and allow the hair follicles to regenerate. 

  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumptionUnhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption cause dehydration. Cigarettes also carry harmful toxins that can weaken the immune system. Avoiding these can encourage stronger hair and improved hair growth. 

 
  • Haircare

Proper hair care is crucial to maintaining beautiful locks, preventing extensive damage, and managing hair fall. Here are some home remedies and healthy hair care habits to help you improve your hair health.

 

  • Switch to a milder shampoo: Determine your scalp type to help you choose the right kind of shampoo. Doing so allows you to address your hair and scalp condition from the roots, which can prevent any further damage.

  • Never skip conditioner: A good conditioner formulated for your hair type can do wonders for its health. Always follow up the shampoo with a conditioner to make it healthier and smoother. It can also help damaged hair.

  • Try all-natural hair masks: For extra love and care, try making and using a hair mask at home when you feel it needs treatment. Here are some ideas to get you started.


  • Egg Yolk Mask

Egg yolks contain vitamins A, E, and biotin that help make them resistant to damage. Applying an egg yolk mask can saturate the scalp and allow the nutrients to infuse into the root. 


How to prepare:

  1. Crack two to three egg yolks in a bowl.

  2. Use your fingers to massage the yolk onto the scalp to the ends of the hair. 

  3. Leave the mask on for about an hour, then rinse with cold water. 


  • Aloe Vera Mask

Aloe Vera is rich in properties that help target dandruff, itchy scalp, and hair loss. The plant, which feels cool when applied, liberates the hair follicles from excess oil.


How to prepare:

  1. Squeeze a good amount of aloe vera gel in a bowl.

  2. Massage the gel directly on the scalp. Leave the hair mask on for at least an hour, then rinse. 


  • Brown Sugar and Coconut Oil Mask

Perfect for quick relief from flaky and itchy scalp, this coconut oil and brown sugar combo can stimulate hair growth and gently exfoliate the scalp. Coconut oil also moisturizes the hair and adds to its shine. 


How to prepare: 

  1. Combine 2 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a bowl. Mix it well.

  2. Use your fingers to massage the mixture onto the scalp after shampooing—focus on the scalp to exfoliate it thoroughly.

  3. Leave the mask for a few minutes, then rinse and continue with a conditioner.

 

  • Avoid tight hairstylesHigh ponytails and tight braids may complete your look, but wearing these hairstyles often can be merciless for the hair follicles. As much as possible, avoid doing hairstyles that are too tight that pull the hairline too much, as they can cause hair fall and thinning.

  • Be careful when combing wet hair: Avoid combing the hair while it's wet to prevent breakage. If you do need to comb to help form the curls (for curly-haired women), use the right brush to avoid damage. More importantly, comb through your hair gently.

  • Partner with the experts in hair fall: Reach out to professionals for the best care for your hair. The Kérastase hair diagnosis tool can help you identify the right hair care routine for your specific concerns. You may also message Kerastase Philippines on Facebook for a live and virtual consultation. From conditioners to hair serums and masks, the Kératase Genesis line comes with products to address hair breakage and damage for all women and solve hair fall problems.

 

Better Habits for Healthier Hair

Hair fall is scary and alarming, which is why it's important to take immediate action once you see the first signs of extreme hair fall. Take care of your hair like a priceless jewel—it is your crowning glory after all. 

Shiny and healthy-looking hair always leaves a good impression. Check out the Kérastase Genesis line, the hair fall treatment in the Philippines that provides dual anti-fall action and professional luxury care that your hair deserves. Head to the shop now to get started with your hair care journey.