All About Hair Loss And How to Deal with It

Have you been “pulling your hair out” over hair loss?

You are not the only one. Hair loss has been one of the leading hair concerns in Singaporeans, both men and women. Surprisingly (or not), more than 70% of men and 45% of women have concerns about hair loss. Let’s explore the main symptoms, causes of hair loss and what we can do about it!

Do I Have Hair Loss?

Experts say that it is normal to shed around 100 strands of hair every day. However, more than that number, you might be experiencing some forms of hair loss. Other visible symptoms can include gradual thinning on the top of the head, receding hairline or bald spots.

What Causes Hair Loss?

There are so many factors contributing to hair loss such that it is often caused by a combination of a few. The following lists factors that are more commonly seen to contribute to hair loss.

  • Hereditary factors: One of the most common causes of hair loss (and we can’t really do much about it, urgh)

  • Ageing: Typically, hair loss is more commonly seen in older people.

  • Stress: That could be the reason why new research found that people are starting to lose hair at an earlier age.

  • Poor diet: Having lack of zinc, iron, protein and vitamins in your diet can contribute to hair loss too!

  • Bad hair care habits: From tying your hair in a very tight pony tail to showering in hot, scalding water, there are many habits that can heighten hair loss too.

  • Excessive hair styling: Chemical treatments including perming and dyeing causes additional stress to your hair and scalp.

  • Diseases/illnesses: Alopecia areata, iron-deficiency anemia, thyroid diseases, diabetes, depression… There’s too many actually but this won’t be our focus in this post!

  • Hormonal changes/imbalance: These can include pregnancy, menopause etc.

What Can I Do About It?

Because most baldness or hair loss is caused by genetic factors, there is nothing we can do to fully prevent it. However, these tips may help to avoid and prevent the other types of hair loss that are not genetically driven:

Manage stress

Stress is often a huge contributor. Many would mention how hair loss is only a problem when workload piles up during hectic days and season or particularly when a stressful event happened. Knowing your stress factors and managing them can definitely help with overall stress reduction.

Have a proper diet

Rule of thumb - Always have a balanced and nutritional diet. Load up your foods with Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as zinc, iron and protein. Hair supplements can also help to ensure your hair gets their nutrients!