Your scalp has between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles. Each follicle produces a single hair that grows at the rate of approximately 1/2 inch per month.
After growing for two to six years hair will rest a while before falling out and is soon replaced with a new hair follicle and the cycle begins again.
At any given time 85 to 90% of your hair is growing and the remainder is resting. Because resting hairs regularly fall out, most people shed about 40 to 100 strands every day.
Many of the causes of hair loss are out of our control but there are many things we can do to beautify our hair and promote a healthy scalp:
Crash diets don’t provide sufficient nutrition to you or your hair. People will naturally have better hair when consuming foods and supplements that provide balanced nutrition. You need plenty of vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids for good health and good hair.
Amino Acids are vital for cell production in your body and can be described as the protein “building blocks” of your hair. Unlike fat, amino acids can’t be stored in the body for later use so a lack of them can mean serious danger for the immune system. Also, thinning hair can be a sign of insufficient Vitamins A, C, B complex, iron, iodine, and copper.
POOR SCALP CIRCULATION
Poor scalp blood circulation can cause serious hair loss. If the hair follicle doesn't get a constant and nutrient-dense supply of blood, lymph, and oxygen it will shrink and the hair strand will fall out.
Scalp stimulation promotes blood circulation which stimulates hair follicles to produce thicker, more lustrous hairs. Essential-oil based treatments are the best way to encourage a healthy scalp and lustrous hair.
The condition of your scalp establishes the health of your hair. A healthy scalp has clean- open pores with good blood flow. A healthy scalp is characterized as being loose and thick. An unhealthy scalp can be characterized as being dry and itchy with flaking or tenderness. An unhealthy scalp is either too dry or too oily.
An oily scalp puts the sebaceous glands in overdrive, meaning the glands in the hair follicles are producing too much oil. This creates a haven for bacteria to breed.
Dandruff, which is a characteristic of a dry scalp is also caused by an over- growth of yeast. Dry scalp can be caused by products leaving a buildup on the scalp.
Hair loss or hair thinning is most commonly associated with aging and a hormonal imbalance. The miniaturization of hair follicles shortens the hair growth cycle and might be the result of hereditary or hormonal-related hair loss in both men and women. As the growth phase shortens (anagen), the hair becomes thinner and shorter to the point where there is no growth at all.
Please note that hair follicles can be easily damaged by additional weight put on your hair’s roots. Any hair extensions applied with glue or thread are designed to be worn for a few months. If there is any irreversible damage done to the hair follicles there is nothing you can do to restore it. Hair has to be treated gently. If you style your hair often using hot tools and styling brushes that also adds weight on the hair during the process. Even wearing a ponytail too tight can cause hair loss.
BRUSHING & HAIR STYLING
Pulling hair when brushing your hair while wet is a common issue which causes excess hair loss. Because of the added weight of water your hair is very vulnerable at this time and the additional water weight along with brushing can cause hair to be pulled out easily. Anything that puts tension on the follicles can cause hair loss.
The best option will be to reduce the amount of mechanical damage is to choose a hairstyle that is less damaging to the follicles.