HAIR LOSS AFTER PREGNANCY
Hair loss is probably one of those things you only think about when you’re arguing with your roommate about who plugged up the shower drain again. (It was totally not you, right?) But if you’ve been noticing a few extra hairs in your brush, you may be questioning how much hair loss is normal.
“I am seeing more women with hair and scalp complaints,” says Amin Sheybani, CEO of Vivandi Trichology Center in Fairmont Dubai. And a lot of it has to do with timing. According to Amin shedding increases in the fall and wanes a bit in the summer. Sounds counterintuitive, but there’s a good reason for more shedding in the cooler months. “It is believed to be evolutionary that we have more hairs on our head during the summer to protect against UV damage,” he explains. So no, you aren’t going insane — there is more hair in your hands post-shampoo during the fall.
But Amin points to other negative (and preventable) factors that have an impact on women’s scalp health. “A trend I have issue with is women who are dramatically decreasing their shampooing and instead are substituting dry shampoo,” he says. “[A] healthy scalp and beautiful hair are linked, and nothing cleans hair and scalp like a wet shampoo.” Shampooing exfoliates your scalp, which keeps your hair follicles in tip-top shape. “I often get asked how often one should shampoo and the answer is different for everyone,” Amin says. “But I recommend at least twice a week for most and three times a week for those with dandruff.”
The act of shampooing is what causes most of your hair to fall out, but it also sheds during combing, brushing, touching, and friction. “You should lose 100 to 150 hairs a day,” Amin explains. Visually, that looks like about the size of a golf ball when you roll it all up together (ew), but it varies depending on hair type and length.
If that’s what you’re seeing, you’re cool as a cucumber. But if you have a visible bald spot, the shedding is more than 100 hairs a day for more than a month, or your hairdresser comments on your hair loss, it’s time to figure out the problem.
Amin once again stresses the importance of consistent, proper scalp and hair care. “Zinc pyrithione is an ingredient to look for,” he says. It is an anti-dandruff ingredient used in a whole host of “hair-healthy” shampoos, like Revivogen MD or Revivogen Pro. Since it prevents dandruff, it keeps the scalp healthy, which leads to better hair growth and retention. If you’re looking for a product that doesn’t smell like something your derma would give you, Amin Sheybani suggests Tricomax complete hair loss products.
Vitamin deficiency may also play into hair loss. Women with iron deficiencies or diets that are low in protein should supplement if their doctor gives the okay. Also, make note of any changes in your hormone levels. But again, check in with your Hair Expert before you start popping any type of pill or supplement.
Typically, hair loss is a completely normal process and, with the right combination of anti-hair loss products, shampooing and healthy diet, can be controlled. Just make sure to clean up whatever does fall out of your head from the drain. That’s just good roommate karma.
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